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Bio:Basic Horse Equipment: Use The type and level of equine activities you take part in will dictate the kind of equipment you will need. This blog covers the basics of horse equipment necessary to safely ride your horse. Equipment for horses is sometimes called saddlery, or tack. It includes a saddle that is fitted with a seat, stirrup and iron leathers, as well a bridle. Leatherwork Good quality leather is the best choice for tack. Low-quality leather often results in cheap tack. Tack can be tough, brittle, or not last as well. Although it is an expensive investment, if cared for properly it can last a very good long time. It is vital to: The horse and rider need the right tack. More information will be available in a blog post. It is the right type for the job that your horse and yourself will be performing You should take good care of your carpet by cleaning it on a regular basis (more information in a forthcoming blog). Tack is available for purchase The leather must be of high quality and in good shape. Stitches must be strong and not broken. It is crucial that the tree on a saddle you are considering buying is not damaged or twisted. To check for a broken or damaged tree, you can hold the cantle against your hips and pull the pommel towards the ground. If it's a fixed or stable tree, you shouldn't feel any movement. If it is a fixed tree, you should feel a gentle tugging that causes the tree to spring back into its place. You can verify that there is no twisted tree by looking towards the pommel. The front arch under your pommel should not make a sound or move when you apply pressure. It is possible that the saddle has internal damage. If you see stretched or wrinkled leather, don't buy it. Synthetic Tack Synthetic tack, which is often cheaper than leather, is becoming more popular. It is also lighter than traditional leather, which makes it easier to manage for children. Make sure that you buy synthetic tack from a trusted brand. They are less durable than some other brands and often make poor products. My personal opinion is that synthetic tack is not good, but my friends swear by it. Metalwork Your saddle and bridle's metalwork (stirrup or buckle irons, bits etc.) The best steel should be used to make your saddle or bridle. Stainless steel, which resists staining or discoloration, doesn’t flake or chip, is the best. Nickel (often found on cheap tack) can pose a risk because it's much more soft and can bend or even break. Bridles Functions and the Parts of a Bridle Headpiece and Throatlash are made of one piece. The headpiece and cheek pieces are used to support the bit. The throatlash holds the bridle securely by attaching loosely below the horse's neck. The horse should allow you to fit four fingers between the leather, the horse's neck, and the leather. Browband – This band is placed across the horse’s brow to keep it from sliding back. It should not be too tight so that it doesn't sag off the head. However, it should not rub the backside of the ears. Cheekpieces: These attach to the headpiece on the top and the bit on the bottom. They should be secure enough to hold your bit in place, but loose enough not to pull the bit into your horse's mouth.

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