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Some Items You Need To Complete Your Horse's Tack


There are a lot of pieces to bring together to create a complete set of tack, or riding equipment, for your horse. If you're new to tack-up a horse or even brand new to riding, you'll need a little guidance on what pieces you'll need to complete your set and ride your horse safely. The main item you'll need is a saddle to sit in that comes with stirrups to place your feet into, but there are a few other items you'll need to complete your saddle set-up.


1. Saddle Pad
A hard leather saddle is not the most terribly comfortable thing to have on one's back and so a saddle pad to sit underneath the saddle is added to the horse riding gear. The first thing to consider is whether you're riding in the English style or the Western style; both styles require a saddle pad, but you'll want to be sure you're buying a pad suited for the saddle style you purchase. On top of buying the suitable style, you'll want to find a pad that is recommended for its ability to adsorb shock and take the pressure off the horse's back. Additionally, pads that can help dissipate heat will help keep your horse cool as you work together. Check out shop that sell a variety of supplies for horses for browse selections and fine the right pad for you.

2. Girth
Now that you've got a saddle and pad, you need to purchase a girth to help keep your saddle in place. Both Western and English riding use girths in the same fashion, but you do need one that will fit the particular saddle you're using. Additionally, you'll want to consider a few things before purchasing your girth such as the saddle type, style of riding you'll be doing (eventing, dressage, etc.), your horse's shape and size, and, of course, your budget.


3. Breast Collar & Wither Straps 
Breast collars and wither straps are optional pieces to add to your saddle that help your saddle stay secure and in place. Breast collars, fitting around the horse's chest and front legs, keep the saddle from rolling or sliding back, especially when making quick accelerations, stops, or turns. Wither straps are an adjustable leather strap that sits at the front of the saddle to help hold up the breast collar. 

4. Bridle
You will of course need a comfortable, well-fitted bridle for your horse as well.  Be sure to check into the different types of bits available.  If you recently purchased the horse, ask the previous owners what type of bitty had been using.

It's necessary to a great ride, and a comfy horse, to have the proper saddle equipment. Taking care when purchasing your items means it will be easy to tack-up and hit the trail.
 



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