Know Your Bridle: Types of English Reins

types of english reinsMany English bridles come with reins. But are the reins you have best suited to your needs and riding discipline? English bridles typically use a buckled version of closed reins, which means the reins connect on either side of the bridle to the bit and then to one another over the horse’s withers to form one continuous loop. English reins come in a range of types and materials. Here is an overview of the different types of reins available: Continue reading

Keep Legs Warm with Winter Breeches

winter breechesIf you’re stuck in a cold climate for the winter, you’ve probably invested in a really warm jacket, insulated boots, wool socks and the protective gloves so you can keep riding comfortably. But have you picked out winter breeches or tights yet? When you ride, your legs are exposed to the elements, with knees and thighs taking a blast of cold air as you trot and canter around the ring or through the trails. Here are our favorite winter riding pants to help your lower body stay cozy during your time outside at the barn: Continue reading

Stay Warm – Best Winter Riding Jackets

winter riding jacketsWhether you are picking up your first winter riding jacket or replacing an old one with a new style, you’ll find a range of options to suit your taste and meet your needs. Just like horse blankets, winter riding jackets come in different weights to ensure comfort in varying temperatures. To prepare for the cold chill of winter, here are some of our warmest jackets to keep you toasty in even the most arctic cold: Continue reading

Horse Stocking Stuffers – Ideas for the Horse Lover

horse stocking stuffersThe holiday shopping season is in full swing! While we typically know what our loved ones wish to see under the tree, sometimes filling their stockings can be a little more challenging. We’d love to help you come up with some horse stocking stuffers that any equestrian would be thrilled to find on Christmas morning. Here are some of our favorite suggestions: Continue reading

What Does it All Mean? Horse Blanket Vocab 101

horse blanket vocab 101

When it comes time to select a new horse blanket, there are many features to consider. If you’re new to blanketing, you may be wondering what some of the horse blanket terms mean. By understanding all the horse blanket vocab, you can make an educated choice for your horse this season. Here is the most common horse blanket terminology and what it should mean to you: Continue reading

Ride into Fall with Insulated Paddock Boots

insulated paddock bootsThe perfect paddock boot is a staple piece of riding apparel for many horseback riders. As temperatures drop, however, a regular paddock boot may not provide enough warmth. Insulated paddock boots can take the place of your regular pair during the late fall and winter months, keeping your feet warm while you ride and work around the barn. Here are a few of our favorite options for insulated paddock boots this year: Continue reading

Stable Sheets & Blankets Versus Turnout Sheets & Blankets

turnout sheetsCooler weather usually brings horse blanketing for many equestrians. While some horses do just fine without being blanketed, many horses benefit from wearing a sheet or blanket for a variety of reasons. (See our post on Why You Need a Turnout Sheet to understand the different benefits.) Many varieties of horse sheets and blankets are available, each with its own materials, design and features, but the two main categories of cool weather horse clothing are stable sheets and blankets and turnout sheets and blankets. Continue reading

Equestrian Belts – Stylish Accessory to Show Ring Essential

equestrian beltsThe right accessory can do a lot for your overall appearance. When competing at a show or schooling at home, attention to detail can mean the difference between looking polished and professional versus rushed and disheveled. Accessories such as stock ties, hair nets and equestrian belts can bring together an entire horse show outfit just the right way. A riding belt does more than just look good, it ensures your breeches and tucked-in shirt stay in place to allow you to ride to the best of your ability. From traditional, classic designs for the show ring to fun, colorful styles for schooling, these are our favorite equestrian belts: Continue reading

Know Your Bridle: Types of Nosebands

types of nosebandsEnglish bridles are composed of a variety of pieces, some of which are generally consistent, such as cheek pieces, and others that vary in appearance and purpose, such as nosebands. Nosebands are also known as cavesons and serve a few purposes. By keeping your horse’s mouth closed, nosebands encourage contact with the bit for better control, as well as reduce evasive behaviors in the horse, such as crossing his jaw or putting his tongue over the bit. Nosebands also can be used to attach a standing martingale and generally help keep the bridle in place. Learning the most common types of nosebands can help you make a selection for your horse. Continue reading