Patented Safety Breakaway Stirrup Prevents Deaths from Dragging

"No, you don’t understand. I need you to put your foot all the way through the stirrup, not just in it, then the horse falls." A scary thought? Certainly to most of us but it was words similar to these that former PRCA Rodeo cowboy Mike McCoy said to veteran Hollywood stunt rider, R.L. Tolbert […]

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Loud Bits Destroy Communications

A lot of people think you train horses with equipment. This is one of the biggest MythUnderstandings out there. Try this bit, try that bit. If those don’t work, try a thinner bit or one with a longer shank. If those don’t work, tie that sucker’s head down or crank him in with draw reins. […]

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Hands-on Saddle Fitting

Introduction Does your horse show any of these signs? If so, a poorly fitting saddle may be the cause.   Physical signs of saddle fitting problems Obvious sores White hairs under the saddle Temporary swellings (after removing the saddle) Scars or hard spots in the muscle or skin Atrophy of the muscles on the sides […]

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Fitting, Cleaning and Replacing the Helmet

DOES THE HELMET FIT? Now that you have helmets for your students, are you sure that you are fitting them properly? With so many styles to choose from, is fitting more difficult than in the early days of the ASTM/SEI helmet? No, because now, fortunately, all approved helmets are made to meet the same standard. […]

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Choosing the Right Saddle For Your Reining or Cutting Horse

I Want To Do Reining or Cutting. What Saddle Do You Recommend? There are a lot of different brands of saddles available. Darn few of them are designed well for riding and training a performance horse. For cutting and reining horse events, you definitely need a saddle that’s designed to help you "ride in balance […]

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Choosing Bits

Bits are one of the most MythUnderstood pieces of horse equipment man has ever invented. The things that people think they’re supposed to do with a bit in a horse’s mouth are unbelievable. All to often, the human take on the situation is that a horse is a big animal, therefore the pressures needed to […]

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Barrel Racing Tack & Equipment

To compete in any event and win, you need to have the right equipment. Barrel racing is no different, but something you don’t need to do it to run out and buy everything at the tack shop that says “Barrel Racing” on it, and you don’t need to go buy the most expensive saddles or […]

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A bit about bits

What bit should I use? I think we’ve all heard that before… It seems there are as many questions on bits as there are types of bits! Often the snaffle is said to be the mildest bit. But what is a snaffle? There are bit walls and catalogs with every kind of snaffle you can […]

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