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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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2 Knots

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker1 Comment

Updated 9/3/15, Originally Posted 3/4/14 There are 2 knots… that I think are a must to know if you have or work with horses. But the first thing I want to stress is the importance of watching your fingers. Fingers get caught in knots, when they do you lose them. Don’t put your fingers in any loop – ever. Hold the rope …

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Taking Care of Your Tack: How to Clean and Store a Saddle Pad

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

So you’ve just ridden your horse. There was fun, laughter, and lots of sweat. Now you’re unsaddled and putting away your tack—the tack you’re (probably) going to put back on your horse the next time you ride. Presumably you like your horse. You paid a lot of money for him, and you enjoy riding him every now and then. Are …

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Simple Horse Bridling

In All The Tie Rail, Horsemanship, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker1 Comment

Bridling a horse can be pretty painless, but there are a few things you should always keep in mind: Prepare and figure out your bridle before you approach your horse. It’s like homework. Get it done before you go to hand it in. Never bridle a horse while he’s tied to something. If something unexpected happens and the horse pulls …

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Basic Grooming

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

Updated 8/26/15, Originally Posted 4/8/15 So many tools…hoof picks, dandy brushes, body brushes, curry combs, shedding blades and vacuums. What’s a girl to do? Here is a basic guide on how to get a horse ready to ride. We’re not talking competition grooming, we’re not even talking nice-restaurant clean, but we are talking clean enough and thorough enough for everyday use. …

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Hoof Picks

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

So many options, what’s a girl to do? Well I have my favorites. Below are the top 2 and the bottom 2. Please take my word on the bottom 2 and don’t waste your money trying to prove me wrong, ok? I’m not. These stink. So get one of the top 2. And seriously just get the top pick of picks, it’s the best option and cheap too.

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Picking a Hoof

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

Let me tell ya, picking a horse’s hooves is one incredibly important thing to do. And you can’t do it enough. Those feet are your only connection with the ground when you’re on your horse’s back so take good care of ’em. Doesn’t mater if your horse has shoes or is barefoot one of the most important things to do …

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Trail Riding

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

Trail riding can give you some of the most wonderful experiences you’ll ever have on a horse. On a great ride, you can experience some of the greatest things about working with and riding horses: interaction with nature, the power of the horse, a great controlled and totally connected trot or canter, good conversation or just some time alone with one …

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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 …