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Halloween

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Halloween is just a few days away. Some of you are lucky enough to belong to an equestrian group that does costume contests or events. Here are a couple of costumes we found to hopefully get everyone in the mood for Halloween! First we have a vintage photograph of horses and riders in skeleton costumes, making me firmly believe that Halloween in the past was far more creepy than it is nowadays!   Is that Amelia Earhart and her trusty steed, err....plane?    This is terrifying. A Nazgul from Lord of the Rings.    What a great idea! Judging but...

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Getting Ready for Winter

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The ponies are starting to get fuzzy, nights are getting downright chilly, and the days are getting shorter. When you have livestock, your life is effected by the seasons. Coming into fall and winter could mean colic and frozen water troughs. Here are some things we thought about to prepare for the upcoming months. You horse should be starting to grow his winter coat. Some grow much more impressive coats than others, and some can withstand the elements much better than others. Do your research on the pros and cons of blanketing. Even though I personally don't blanket, I have...

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The Loping Hackamore

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This is the quality AMERICAN made western leather hackamore bridle you've heard about from cutters and anyone wanting a bitless bridle! This is a round caveson hackamore designed to fit low on your horse's nose and, because it is round, it works more like a sidepull than a hackamore, with a side to side action. It is generally used to lope cutting horses to keep their mouths soft. It has our working 3/4" harness leather double cheek adjustment headstall with a hand braided fiador (throat latch), which is adjustable to hold the fine quality braided rawhide noseband-caveson in position. We...

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The Indian Hackamore

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This unique bosal is called an “Indian Hackamore." Our Indian Hackamore is hand braided with all natural rawhide. It is generally more gentle than a bosal. The nose is flat instead of round, and the chin portion widens and narrows to fit most any size head. The action is comparable to riding with a halter but with more communication and control.  The ends that connect to the reins are crossed so that when you pull on a rein the pressure goes under the jaw and around to the opposite side to bring their head around. There is a breaking in...

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Learning How to Properly Fit Large Horse & Mule Tack

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Larger horses, mules and draft horses are becoming more popular every day. This means there is now a large demand for quality American leather horse tack and equipment that fits properly.Large Horses: All large horses have longer heads, are broader across the brow, and have larger throats.   Mules: Following Information is from Horse and Mule Trainer Jerry Tindell.“Mules are built differently than horses due to the influence of the donkey. The donkey gives the mule a broader forehead, larger eyes and a wider base at the ears. The average sized horse brow band is typically too short at the base...

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