It is no secret to anyone that has been a part of the equestrian world that tack is not only essential to the sport but also goes through waves of trends. I am going to talk about some of the things that most of us probably see often in our sport regarding tack use that are really easy fixes. And no I don’t mean that anyone has to go buy the nicest or most expensive stuff. I personally see tack as a long term investment so I spend a bit more but regardless of your tack budget your horse can still be turned out respectfully for daily rides. Not rocket science just basic horsemanship in my eyes.
I am going to insert pics from various blogger instagrams to show awesome examples of what I am talking about (in that the pics show great turnout 🙂 ). And it will share a bunch of instagrams that you all should be following if you aren’t yet!
(ETA: I didn’t post incorrect examples because I don’t want to personally take pictures of each item – I will try to find examples online though and can link to them.)
The basic essentials are usually the bridle and saddle fittings. The most common things that we’ll see with bridles are:
saggy or tight browbands
high or low hanging bits
no snaffle rein on pelham, gag, and elevator bits
improper placement of keepers on full cheek snaffles
A photo posted by Hillary (@equestrianathart) on
high or low nosebands
For saddles there are a lot of elements. I think that a lot of people over look how important it is to have the right pads and saddle/pad placement (after of course a properly fitting saddle). If your saddle is sitting on the edge or over your pads you are inadvertently creating an uneven pressure point.
saddle fit (not touching this)
girth adjustment (some horses need anatomical girths or something offset)
A photo posted by Kristen M. (@stampyandthebrain) on
saddle and pad placement
saddles too large for pads (pressure points on the spine)
pads not adequately pulled into the gullet of saddle (pressure on withers)
Thanks to all the awesome ladies I linked to for dressing for the occasion day in day out 😉 And posting awesome sauce pics too. It isn’t that hard to have your horse look well dressed regardless of what things you own, lust for, or don’t have. All of these things are just basic horsemanship in my eyes but I guess I can run with Monica’s hashtag and say that we should all have a little #tackpolice in us!
How about you guys? How do you feel about daily turnout? Doesn’t matter? Act like you’re riding for GM daily?