Spotlight on Ariat Riding Apparel

For nearly 25 years, Ariat boots, riding apparel and accessories have been favorites of English riders. Ariat riding breeches are some of the most popular products with Dover customers, yet there’s so much to the Ariat brand. Here are a few of our favorite Ariat items.

Ariat Terrain H20 Boots

These boots are suitable for all types of terrain and all types of weather. You can go straight from working in the barn to riding in any weather without changing footwear, which makes these Ariat boots perfect for this time of year.

The Terrain H20 boots feature full-grain leather uppers and a removable moisture-wicking footbed designed to keep you comfortable in all conditions. The supportive midsole and durable tread offer plenty of traction while in no way compromising style. If you are looking for a high-performance boot that will keep you feeling great through a long day of working and riding, the Terrain H20 from Ariat is the boot.

Ariat Olympia Euro Seat Knee Patch Breech

These classic Ariat riding breeches feature advanced technology. They are made of a unique nylon fabric with a soft cotton lining, meaning that they are breathable but still durable and stain resistant. The four-way stretch fabric ensures that these breeches will give riders of every shape and size the flattering fit they are looking for.

Ariat Tek Grip Riding Gloves

Even with the enormous range of high-end gear available to today’s horse rider, sometimes the simplest things are still the best. These Ariat riding gloves are a perfect example. Ariat’s Tek Grip gloves feature a palm and fingers made of synthetic suede to give you excellent grip, while the back is made of a durable stretch material. A simple Velcro closure adds an extra bit of practicality. These gloves offer everything you need, with no unnecessary extras.

Your Turn: Tell Us Your Favorite Ariat Items

We love Ariat riding apparel, and Dover customers are big fans of Ariat, too. What’s your favorite piece of Ariat gear?

3 Tips for Organizing a Barn

Spring has arrived (at last!) in many regions of the country. If you’re like most riders, you’re enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and the warmth of the sun as you ride. Spring is also a time for organizing your barn. Tack and riding equipment have a funny way or piling up and getting disheveled during long, cold winter months, and the thaw of Spring is a perfect reason to tidy up the barn.

Here are a few tips to help you organize your barn for Spring:

1. Remove out-of-season items from the barn

Winter riding apparel and heavy fleece coolers should be cleaned and packed away. A large tack trunk is perfect for stowing away winter gear during spring and summer months. You can use the same trunk to store summer riding gear and equipment when cool weather returns in the fall. Look for a sturdy trunk or rodent-proof bin.

2. Clean and store horse blankets

That heavy-weight turnout blanket you used all winter? Stow it away! Bulky winter horse clothing takes up space; clean horse blankets and store them in an air-tight container. Products like Nikwax Rug Wash™ are ideal for use on waterproof horse clothing. You can also search for a professional horse cleaner in your area.

3. Add cedar blocks to tack trunks to deter pests

Nothing is more frustrating than taking seasonal horse gear out of storage and discovering it’s full of holes. Rodents, moths, and other pests can wreak havoc on your horse tack and riding apparel – gear you’ve spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on. Protect your gear by placing a cedar block inside your tack trunk and securing the lid tightly before stashing it away for the summer.

Organizing a barn for spring can be a tedious, time-consuming chore, but it’s worth it. You’ll extend the life of your tack and spend less time rummaging through clutter when it’s time to ride.

Spotlight on M. Toulouse Saddles

Marcel Toulouse is known for their ability to blend old world quality with the latest advances in saddle making at a remarkable value. Featuring classic French designs, every M. Toulouse saddle is made of the finest materials available, with high-end craftsmanship. It’s one reason the brand is incredibly popular with riders who shop at Dover Saddlery.

Toulouse saddles combine classic lines with modern technology to make a truly unique product that can be easily customized to fit horses and riders of all shapes and sizes. Toulouse offers a wide range of saddle models to suit the needs of Dressage Riders as well as close contact saddle models that work for a variety of horse jumping sports. The easiest way to find a saddle you love is to visit a Dover store to see and feel the saddle for yourself. Looking for suggestions? Here are a few Toulouse saddles we are proud to offer.

Aachen Pro Dressage Saddle with Genesis

Serious dressage riders need to use a saddle that keeps them in intimate contact with their horse; this sensitivity can make the difference between scoring a five and a ten in competition. The pull-up leather provides a secure and broken in feel from day one. With the Genesis adjustable gullet system you will be able to custom fit all your horses. The system adjusts to virtually any saddle width needed-millimeter by millimeter. Soft wool panels and Y-girthing give this Toulouse saddle a secure, comfortable fit that your horse will appreciate as much as you do.

Celine Close Contact Saddle

This saddle offers incredible quality for the price. It is made with attention to detail that is often not found in saddles costing twice as much. Comfort Fit Panels found in Marcel Toulouse saddles enable riders to enjoy the benefits of both foam and wool flocking. The wool is stuffed into a foam panel lining and can be adjusted for the horse. The foam panel lining is intended to help reduce pressure points. The Adjusta-Block system allows the rider to change the knee block to customize the rider’s leg fit. This jumping saddle is ideal for Equitation and Hunter/Jumper Riders.

Denisse Close Contact Saddle with Genesis

This is a great jump saddle with a slightly deeper seat making it ideal for Equitation and Hunt Seat riders. The narrow twist combined with a textured leather seat offers a secure feel, while the anatomic knee rolls hold the rider’s leg in position on the flat and over fences. The patented Genesis adjustable gullet system allows precise, millimeter-by-millimeter adjustment, meaning that this Toulouse saddle adjusts to any tree size your horse needs. The adjustable knee and calf blocks offer a customizable fit that will work for a variety of riders.

Plaistow Tent Sale – Save up to 75%!

Plaistow Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*
April 25-27, Friday & Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

Enter to win your order FREE! Up to $500! Tent Sale Weekend Only! To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this ad to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends April 27.

*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.

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Crofton Discussion: My Horse Moves Well, But Why Don’t I?

Discussions at Dover: My Horse Moves Well, But Why Don’t I?
Thursday, April 24; 6:30 to 7:30 pm

We will discuss:
• Is it you or your horse that is imbalanced?
• What to stretch or strengthen to optimize performance.
• How to correct imbalances through stretching, foam roll and core

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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Branchburg Discussion: Equi-Tape – The First Elastic Kinesiology Athletic Training Tape for the Equine Athlete

Discussions at Dover
Equi-Tape: The First Elastic Kinesiology Athletic Training Tape for the Equine Athlete

Thursday, April 17; 6:30-7:30pm

We will discuss how it works and application techniques.

Free admission and refreshments, door prizes, $5 gift certificate for every attendee.

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Austin Tent Sale – Save up to 75%!

Austin Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*
April 4-6, Friday & Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

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Enter to win your order FREE! Up to $500! Tent Sale Weekend Only! To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this ad to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends April 6.

*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.

Charlotte Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*

Charlotte Tent Sale – Save up to 75%*
March 21-23; Friday-Saturday 9-8; Sunday 11-4

Come early for the best deals • Limited quantities • Don’t Miss it!

Enter To Win Your Order Free! Up To $500!
To become eligible for a refund of up to $500 on a single purchase, bring a copy of this email to the tent sale. One winner only. Contest ends March 23.

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*Items under the tent, while supplies last. Savings based on list price.

Equestrian Brands We Love: Weatherbeeta

One of the most popular horse blanket brands at Dover is Weatherbeeta. Weatherbeeta has been in the horse blanket business for over 35 years. They’re known for their strong, durable fabrics and breathability, as well as their computer stitching technologies that ensure high-strength seam construction. All of their turnout seams are sealed to ensure the ultimate waterproofing and protection. They offer three main lines of blankets that range in features and pricing.

Weatherbeeta Features a Range of Horse Blankets Styles

The Weatherbeeta Freestyle Turnout Blanket line is the ultimate in freedom, comfort, and protection. These horse blankets are built for durability with tough outer fabrics, waterproof & breathable outers, rust resistant gun metal fittings, and quick clip front closures. The comfort features for your horse include a cupped shoulder darts, forward positioned gussets, wither relief, a comfort cuff, and a full wrap tail flap. Available in Pony, Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

Weatherbeeta Winter Horse Blankets

There’s nothing like an original, and the Weatherbeeta Original line is no exception. The line offers superior quality, traditional styling, with mid-price affordability. The durability features of the Original line include a tough outer fabric that’s waterproof and breathable, plus adjustable twin chest straps for easy on/off. The comfort features for your horse include traditional side gussets and a large tail flap. Available in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

The Weatherbeeta Genero line offers Weatherbeeta quality for Equestrians on a budget. The durability features of the Genero Line include a tough outer fabric that’s waterproof and breathable, plus adjustable twin chest straps and removable leg straps. Other features include low cross surcingles with rubber stoppers for a secure fit that resists coming undone. Available in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

Year-Round Comfort: Weatherbeeta Blankets for Every Type of Horse

The Weatherbeeta Freestyle 1680D Detach-A-Neck Medium Weight Turnout Blanket offers a 3-in-1 system to layer your horse based on current condition. Comes in a medium weight or a heavy weight option. The medium weight version includes a removable 120 gram liner with a 100 gram outer shell provides versatility. The heavy weight turnout option has the same 100 gram versatile outer shell plus a 300 gram liner.

Weatherbeeta Freestyle TurnoutFor a premium quality turnout that stands tough against horseplay and wet, muddy conditions, the WeatherBeeta® Freestyle 1200D Turnout Sheet is hard to beat. Waterproof, high denier triple weave shell is breathable and lined with mesh to encourage air flow.

Looking for a pony blanket? You’d be hard pressed to beat the Weatherbeeta Orican Freestyle 1200D Detach-a-Neck Medium Pony Turnout, which features a 1200 denier outer shell with 220 grams of poly fill insulation.

A mid price option that’s waterproof, breathable, and Weatherbeeta quality, the Weatherbeeta 1200D Standard Neck-Medium Weight Blanket will keep your horse comfortable all winter. It’s available in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

The Weatherbeeta Genero Turnout Sheet is a great basic turnout sheet at an affordable price. Waterproof and breathable, this horse sheet has a 1200 denier ripstop outer shell and a 210 denier hygienic nylon lining. Available in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

The Genero line also offers a medium weight turnout. The Weatherbeeta Genero Standard Neck Medium Weight Turnout Blanket is both waterproof and breathable. This mid-weight winter horse blanket has a durable 1200 denier ripstop outer shell, 220 grams of poly fill for warmth and a hygienic 210 denier nylon lining. Comes in Cob, Horse, and Oversize options.

To view Dover’s full selection of Weatherbeeta horse clothing, visit our horse blankets page. And don’t forget to check out our tips for blanketing a horse.