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Win versatility with a free halter bridle!

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It’s time for another tack giveaway, and just in time for the end of summer, we’re giving away a quick-change halter bridle!

The quick-change style allows you to go from trailer to trail in just a few seconds. It’s also kind of a three-in-one because you get a halter, Western headstall, and English bridle all in one. The version we’re giving away also comes with reflective Day-Glo to keep you and your horse visible and safe even in low light–important as the days get shorter.

The bridles with reflective overlays are just as durable and waterproof as our plain beta biothane pieces, and won’t fade or crack after exposure to sun, rain, or sweat.

The winner of our giveaway will get to choose the size of the bridle that works for their horse in a range from mini to draft. Like all our pieces, we can customize the size for tough-to-fit horses. See our sizing guide here.

Enter the contest here. Even if you don’t win, you’ll get $5 off your next order.

More from the choosy champion Magic

We posted a few months back about Magic, top obedience show dog, who uses our Two Horse Tack dog collars and leashes in his training. We were happy to recently get a photo of her modeling our equipment with pride, along with a note from her person, Pat:
IMG_2187Magic is seven years old, and my second Australian Shepherd teammate for AKC, UKC, and the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) Obedience and Rally.   She is also my teaching partner for many rookie Obedience and Rally classes.  She has her own opinion of how things should be, which occasionally puts us at loggerheads in the ring, and I can never quite know if Dr. Jekyll, or Ms. Hyde, will appear when her leash is removed on the start line!  
For all the times she frustrates me, she equally makes me laugh at how serious I take competitive dog sports – after all, she’s a dog, not a toaster!  So far, she and I have earned 37 separate titles in competition – seven of which she was the first dog ever to earn.  She’s earned three separate Invitations for the yearly ASCA National Obedience Finals in Open Obedience, actually claiming the National Championship at Bryan, TX in 2013.  
The lovely trophy included a beautiful hand-tooled leather leash, complete with Texas Stars….but unfortunately, I have  a contact allergy to leather.  When I saw the photos on line of a collar for a smaller dog featuring Texas Stars, I ordered one for Magic, in lovely Texas bluebonnet blue – to commemorate her National Championship.  As she has the typically full Aussie coat, you’d never see the collar (she’s wearing her purple collar that matches the 4ft leash in the picture).  Magic swims in both collars, works livestock in these collars, prances about the neighborhood in these collars, and because they are both beautiful and durable, they are the collars we have chosen to bear her ID tags when traveling across country for shows, or family trips.”
We’re so glad we can help such an accomplished pair stay in training!
Love Magic’s gear? Get your dog his or her own set here.

Meet The Model: Pixie Sidesaddle Event Horse

This week, we’re continuing our Meet The Model series, in which we introduce our customers to the many different breeds who show off our tack at its finest on our website.

With her sweet blue eyes, it’s easy to see why Pixie became a tack model. The AQHA-registered 14-year-old goes by Shy Lopin Asset in the show ring, where she and her human Samantha are used to turning heads. They event–sidesaddle!

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Pixie shows off her hunt bridle

“I want to bring back sidesaddle riding as an accepted form of riding in a variety of disciplines,” said Samantha.

Samantha and Pixie found each other six years ago through Craigslist. Samantha learned to ride when she was young and fell out of it for several years. Pixie is her very first horse, and Samantha has been taking full advantage of Pixie’s smarts and versatility. Together, they’ve experimented in jumping, barrel racing, and driving, and are taking on the eventing world.

Samantha said her biggest challenge with Pixie is teaching her to be a “good equine citizen” despite being a bit of a green rider still herself. It sounds to us like they’re off to a great start–they took home a ribbon at their first event while riding aside against astride competitors!

Their next goal is to move up to the Beginner Novice level, and we wish them lots of luck.

In this shot, Pixie is modeling our hunt bridle, which comes in 3/4″-width beta biothane with a 1-inch wide cavesson. It’s fully adjustable at the cheeks, bit ends, throatlatch, and noseband. Available in your choice of 14 colors! Want one of your own? Pick it up today–they start at $60!

 

Dressage for a cause!

We really enjoyed these photos from customer Robin Scarborough, who took her horse to an upper level classical freestyle class at the recent Potomac Valley Dressage Association Ride For Life. Robin and her horse used our bridle, long lines, and breastcollar at their show, and went with a nice bling option over a white base. We think it looks great on a dark bay!

The PVDA Ride for Life is a benefit event for the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, and has raised over $580,000 in its 12 years so far, according to its website. Two Horse Tack is proud to outfit Robin in her efforts, and we think the pair looks fantastic!

 

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11 States In 33 Days On Horseback? No Problem!

We were excited to get this note from Lindsay, one of our loyal customers and a trail/endurance rider. Lindsay and her horse hit the road this summer with her parents and her husband. The trip took 33 days and spanned over 5,000 miles!

Mow and I travelled around the country this spring and were so thankful to have our Two Horse Tack bridle, reins, and breastcollar along for the journey.  We drove 5,674 miles and rode in 11 different states.  I had plenty of things to worry about on this long trip but my tack was definitely not one of them!  Rain or shine, heat or cold, this tack is amazing.  Mow never had a rub mark, the beta biothane is so easy to clean, and the super grip on the reins is extremely soft on my hands.  Thank you Two Horse Tack for helping make my adventure a success!”

Sounds like the vacation of a lifetime to us.

Lindsay is part of the Green Bean Endurance program, which is an online education and support community for endurance riders of all levels. As you can see below, Lindsay and Mow are kitted out in bright green beta biothane that’s from our special Green Bean line of tack. Our tack line is designed for endurance and trail riders, who need their gear to be light but strong and able to stand up to all types of weather. Check it out here.

Hitting the trail in Kansas

Hitting the trail in Kansas

Lindsay on the road in Kentucky

Lindsay on the road in Kentucky

Mow and Lindsay in Missouri

Mow and Lindsay in Missouri

A beautiful scene in Oklahoma

A beautiful scene in Oklahoma

Two Horse Tack in the wide open reaches of Texas

Two Horse Tack in the wide open reaches of Texas

Careful on that Utah cliff, guys!

Careful on that Utah cliff, guys!

All smiles in Arkansas

All smiles in Arkansas

One more beautiful view for Mow and Lindsay in Colorado

One more beautiful view for Mow and Lindsay in Colorado

Countdown to summer vacation!

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Our tack makers here at Two Horse Tack are taking their first vacation in five years! While that’s great news for them, it means that you need to get your order in ASAP for quick delivery.

Order by July 18 to assure delivery before the shop closes July 20. We’ll be back and hand-stitching away on August 4!

Don’t forget to enter our monthly tack giveaway for a $5 off coupon code for your July order!

What’s that? Explaining lunge lines

For those of us who grew up riding in the English disciplines, lunge lines (or “longe lines” depending upon your spelling preference) are pretty commonplace. But for many trail or Western riders, the lines and their usefulness may be a little foreign.

lunge lineLunge lines are typically 20 – 30 feet long (though we offer them in a range of lengths from 10 to 40 feet) with a snap at one end and either a rubber stopper or hand loop on the other. Horses can be taught to circle their handler at the end of the lunge line while wearing either a halter or bridle at various gaits and can even jump small items that are open on the sides. Some people use lunging to allow a horse to get out feisty behavior like bolting, diving, and bucking on a windy day or after a long layoff, which can be useful ahead of a horse show performance or a ride at home. Others use lunging to help bring a horse back up to fitness without the weight of a rider, or can even to help scope out whether a horse is lame. (Often lamenesses are emphasized as the horse moves around a curve.)

Depending upon how you use the lunge line, you may prefer a lunging cavesson with loops around the noseband. This gives you options for where to clip or weave the lunge line. (Our lunging cavesson can be added underneath any bridle and is made from durable beta biothane.) lunging cavesson

No matter how you use a lunge line, it’s important to choose a length that’s safe for what you’re doing. A stiff or lame horse may benefit from a longer line that allows him to make a larger circle around the handler. Also keep in mind that you should switch directions to avoid placing too much stress on left or right front legs. One more consideration–don’t lunge too long. Stress injuries are caused by repeated force in one spot, and continuous turning in a circle can create that kind of stress after large number of repetitions.

Wondering how to teach your horse to work on a lunge line? Equusite has a great step-by-step troubleshooting guide to help. One thing that we’ve found helpful: vocal cues that help the horse learn what kind of transition you want from him. Those cues can also help you break through barriers under saddle.

Want to get started with your own lunge line? We offer lunging cavessons and lunge lines in a variety of colors of water-proof, dust-proof beta biothane at our online shop.

Congratulations to Katie and Winchester!

We’re a little late in doing so, but Two Horse Tack is proud to announce the winner of our May tack giveaway. Congratulations to Katie and her gelding, Winchester!

Katie and Winchester are just beginning their riding journey together, as Winchester is just two and a half years old. He is a playful leopard Appaloosa, which as you might guess is a color pattern characterized by large spots, often brown, over a gray body. Very striking!

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Our grooming halter with bling and matching lead

Katie tells us that Winchester is a playful sort, engaging his buddies in the field and sometimes even trying to jump over them. That’s quite a mental picture. Katie will be training Winchester for Western pleasure, which is the discipline she has ridden since she was five.

Katie and Winchester won a custom grooming halter with blinggrooming halter with bling, which we hope will prove useful to them for many years ahead. Our beta biothane grooming halters are missing their cheek and chin straps, making clipping and currying on the horse’s face a breeze. They will have their choice of 14 base colors and 12 colors of bling for the perfect color combo to complement Winchester’s spots. All our grooming halters come with no-rust stainless steel hardware, and our rhinestones are hand-riveted into place for rugged use, even by a two and a half-year-old. Sound like a good deal? Get your own for just $43 plus shipping!

Keep everything together with a FREE breastcollar!

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A new month has begun, and that means we’ve got a new tack giveaway! In June, we’ll give away an English breastcollar which is colorful enough for the schooling ring and rugged enough for the trails.

If you haven’t already read our blog post about the usefulness of breastcollars, you may not know that not only do they keep your saddle from slipping or sliding back, they’re also a great stabilizer. Ever have a moment where you find yourself grasping for mane? Our English breastcollars come standard with a grab strap that runs over the withers, which can be a great solution for those “Oh, crap” episodes.

No purchase necessary to enter the giveaway–just fill out the form here. You’ll get a $5 off coupon for your next purchase whether you win or not. Win/win!

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