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Bits

In All The Tie Rail, Buying, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker0 Comments

What bit should I use? This is a really hard question, mostly because there are so many possibilities and never one easy answer. Let's break it down: If it works, it's usually a good idea. A bit is supposed to help you talk to your horse. If it does its job, what more do you need to know? Well, there are a few things ...
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Feeding

In All The Tie Rail, Buying, Ground Work, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker0 Comments

Good lord this is a hard one. Once again remember the incomparably smart words of my better half: “I’m a firm believer in whatever works….” –CA Here’s the basic breakdown: How much food? ~2% of the horse’s body weight per day in total feed. What kind? This is where it really gets sticky. But basically for a plain ol’ trail horse alfalfa …

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Helmet, Rope, Boot

In All The Tie Rail, Buying, Ground Work, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker0 Comments

Helmet Troxel Sport Troxel Sport- The Original Lightweight Schooling Helmet It’s really hard to know where to start when looking for your first helmet.  There are a lot of companies that sell ’em so if your looking for an inexpensive, good looking and safe helmet . . . The Troxel Sport is my suggestion.  The Sierra and Legacy Gold are also good helmets but …

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Western Saddles

In All The Tie Rail, Buying, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker0 Comments

2 Things… When looking at western saddles, people can get overwhelmed with options. Trail, endurance, roper, show, reining, cutting, shooting, barrel racing, ranch, training. 7/8, 3/4, full. Semi-Quarter Horse, Full Quarter Horse… 1) Does it fit the horse? Most important. Too many people buy a saddle because they love the look of it or the feel of it when they …