Riding trail, what do I need?
I plan on using western saddle only, I prefer those to english. I am mainly going to be riding trail. What exactly comprises western tack? I know that I am going to get a really good pair of cowboy boots, and a good oilskin coat and hat. Also a good quality saddlebag.
What other tack is reqiured or recommended? I have always had the horse saddled and ready for me when I rode, and I don't know exactly what goes into everything.
may i suguest that you take ridding lessons before you buy this horse, find a instructor that will take time to teach you the basics ( tacking up a horse impropper can really hurt a horse) by taking lesson it will give you a idea on if you want to really own a horse or not......most will find that it's not for them and discontinue the lessons.
I am not getting a horse for at least a year, and that will include learning how to tack a horse. I am not so irresponsible as to buy a horse and not know nothing about them. Horses are a HUGE purchase and require a lot of time and care. I know this. I have been thinking about it for years.
What I was asking for is a list of what you generally need for western tack, because I can't seem to find a website that lists it all. If I can get some of the tack before I get the horse, it will help me to be more prepared and not having to buy things all at once. I know that a lot of the tack depends on the size of your horse, but I think that I should be able to purchase some things ahead of time....like saddle blankets, halters, etc.
first tijme post hope this is usefull I do alot of trail riding along with competative trail riding. i have ridden both english and western when i hit the trails. When riding western i use a general purpose western saddle with a back cinch (back cinch is not nessacery) and a brest collar (helps prevent saddle from silping when going up hills), and western or austrailian bridle with a simple snaffle bit or curb bit depending on the horse im riding.
Basc check list:
- western saddle
- saddle pad
- western bridle with your chose of bit
- brest collar
- saddle bag (depending on distance of ride)
above list is what i normally ride with plus the halter/lead rope and brushes when not hitting the trails .
To trail ride you need a.) horse
d.)6 weeks riding lessons before
As was mentioned you need saddle (usually goes with stirrups), girth, and bridle (bit depends on what horse is used to).
I used breast collar just on one horse because she had funny back so saddle slide back all the time. Some people use it because "it looks cool", but some horses don't like it. I personally don't like it either and don't use it on my own horses.
Western tack is pretty simple. You need a good saddle blanket (pad), a decent saddle and bridle. If the horse will work with it, I prefer a hackamore because it is less invasive. BUT, you have to be careful not to pull too hard on the reins as you can hurt the horse. For horses that don't respond well to those, use a snaffle bit. One person who boarded his horse with me for a while had a chain bit that was given to him. He couldn't understand the strange behavior of his horse untill I pointed out that his bit would seem like a mouthful of rocks to the horse.
Unless you intend to ride very little, avoid endurance saddles and get a traditional western style. The endurance type is very light and comfortable, which is good for the endurance of the horse and rider, but bad for the endurance of the saddle. I know a fellow who has to use them because he has a bad arm and can't pickup a western saddle. He wears one completely out every couple of years.
Along with all the tack mentioned, always take a hoof pick, in case your horse gets a rock, a lead rope, in case for some reason your bridle may break. I also have small pieces of leather in my saddle bag, in case needed for mending any tack.
Good luck with your new venture.
You always should bring a lead rope in case something were to happen with the bridle. ;)
Wait until ya fall off. You will be more confident. Oh and you might want to do this before you go:
Tell someone when and where you are going and what time you will back.
Give out phone details and bring 2 phones (both fully charged).
Always bring someone along with you.
Know your horse.
First aid kit and what to do if you get bitten by a snake or brake something.
Lead rope and halter if something were to happen with your bridle.
And make sure at all times you are with someone, know where you are going what time you will be back and have a phone and a friend. EVERYTHING I SAID ABOVE!
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