Monthly Archives: April 2015

It’s time for another Facebook giveaway!

Facebook fans, we’ve got another giveaway for you!

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This week, it’s a one-color beta turnout halter. All you have to do is LIKE our Facebook page and LIKE this photo where it appears on the page.

The one-color turnout is a hard-working piece. It comes standard with stainless steel, guaranteed no-rust hardware (though you can opt to swap for brass if you want), and is strong enough for everyday wear. We know how muddy, damp, and sun-kissed horses get out in the field, and whether the halter is on their heads or on the hook while they’re loafing, it gets put through a lot. Like all our beta products, turnout halters just need a quick scrub with soap and water to come clean, and won’t fade or crack, no matter how many washes you put it through. What could be better?!

Bling is a pony’s best friend!

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but bling is a pony’s best friend. If you’ve been looking to add some glitz to your horse’s turnout outfit, or just a colorful option for shows and trail rides, take a look at our bling turnout halter.

bling halterOur turnout halters come with 14 options for base beta color and 12 rhinestone/bling colors, so you can customize the halter to your horse’s style. The rhinestone is riveted into place to hold up under the most demanding conditions (aka, a rolling horse and a dry paddock).

Sound good? Hang onto your hats!

The turnout halter with bling is our April giveaway item on our online shop. Just fill out the simple entry form and you’ll be entered for a random drawing for a custom bling turnout halter! Even if you don’t win, you’ll get a $10 coupon to our shop.

What could be better?

New Product Alert: No-Slip, Easy-Clean Saddle Pads

We feel like when it comes to tack, our online shop has an awful lot of the things you need in your tack room (minus saddles)–halters, stirrup leathers, lead shanks, bridles, we’ve got ’em, and in so many hues you could make a rainbow out of them. The one thing we haven’t had before was a really good, durable, easy-clean saddle pad.

That is, until now.

213We’re pleased to announce that we have begun carrying Equitech neoprene saddle pads, both Western and English. This is Equitech’s waffle board style pads, which are breathable to keep your horse cool even during a long ride. We’d searched high and low for a pad that would keep saddles in place without breaking the bank, and when we tried the Equitech pads we liked them (and their price) so much, we decided we needed them in our shop.

Neoprene, like beta biothane, is water-proof, so you just need to hose it down after a ride to get it clean and germ-free. If you have a horse who sweats a lot in the summer, you’ll know what a blessing it is not to have to cart a bag of horse laundry home, untangle all the velcro straps, and scrape horse hair out of your washing machine…usually after your pad has shrunk in the wash and still has faint sweat stains on the bottom of it. Save yourself the drama! Try a neoprene pad.

English trooper pad

English trooper pad

The English pads come in black and brown currently, and also shaped to fit trooper, treeless, and tucker style saddles. Western pads come in black, brown, pink, lime green, teal, orange, purple, and yellow.

New Product Alert: One-Piece Breastcollar

We’re constantly¬†adding new items to our shop per customer requests. That’s why we’re happy to bring you a new, simpler type of breast collar.

This one-piece breast collar (we’re calling it a “strap”) is a favorite among riders of gaited horses because it doesn’t interfere with the horse’s action. Instead of stabilizing the saddle with a strap running between the horse’s front legs to the girth, the breast strap buckles onto the D-rings or girth billet on either side of the saddle, and works extremely well to keep the saddle in place through a long ride.

One-piece breast strapBuckle ends are standard with this piece, but snaps are optional, too. Either type of strap end is adjustable, allowing you to set the tightness of the strap’s hold against the horse.

The breast strap is available in all 12 of our dazzling beta biothane colors.

Of course, the horse’s neck and chest get sweaty during a long ride in the summer, which is why it’s so convenient to use beta biothane for breastcollars and straps–it just takes a quick trip through a bucket of soap and water to remove sweat and dirt from this super-strong material. What could be simpler?

It’s shedding season!

After a winter’s worth of growing coats worthy of wooly mammoths, our horses are finally shedding, and yours probably are too.

Luckily, we’ve figured out a few tips for helping the process go smoothly.

  • Horse-Shedding-BladeThe traditional rubber curry comb or grooming glove works well, but a metal shedding blade (when used gently) works even better for longer hair over the body. A grooming stone (actually made from fiberglass) is great for sensitive areas like legs and also helps remove bot eggs when needed.
  • Exercise increases bloodflow, which encourages shedding. Keeping your horse in regular work may help them let go of some hair.
  • If it’s especially warm in your part of the world, a body clip might be an option, but the horse’s coat will likely be dull until the spring coat grows in.
  • Making sure the horse has enough fatty acids in their diet is good for overall coat health, which may help the coat’s appearance through the shedding process. Corn or rice bran oil are go-to for this in small amounts.
  • Regular bathing (with some elbow grease from the grooming mitt) can encourage shedding, and keeps the remaining hair looking great
  • Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing for grooming sessions while your horse is shedding–we’re still trying to get extra hair out of our fleece jackets.
  • One more tip: pick up a grooming halter. You might not think the removal of the throat strap would make much of a difference, but trust us–when you’re to curry mud or trim hair out from under those straps, you’ll wish they weren’t there.

Congratulations to Rain!

A huge congratulations to Rain and Shalah, winners of our March tack giveaway! Rain has received a custom camo Western bridle with snap-on browband, and looks radiant in it, don’t you think?


Rain and Shalah met at a local rescue when Rain, an American Mustang, was a year and a half old. Rain is now six and this pair’s relationship is still going strong! Shalah and Rain do a lot of bareback riding together, and occasionally Western style riding. They opted to stick with their bosal noseband, which fits easily into the bridle.

Their time together is going to be that much brighter with their choice of pink cheekpieces to go with their pink camo browband.

Eyeing this great bridle for yourself? It also comes with green or orange camo browbands, and the headstall is available in 14 different colors, including bright choices¬†like pink and more traditional options like black and brown. Shalah and Rain won’t have to avoid mud puddles on their travels–beta biothane is waterproof and mudproof, in addition to being fade-proof. All you need to clean a beta bridle is to send it through a bucket of soapy water and let it air dry–that’s it! No cracking, no conditioning, just ready to hit the trails.

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Great news, free tack fiends!


We’re extending our giveaway of a custom two-color English bridle over on our Facebook page! Check it out and enter now–all you have to do is LIKE the page, SHARE the photo, and LEAVE a comment.

Happy Saturday: Free Tack!

In case you weren’t already excited about the weekend, we’ve got a new kind of tack giveaway for you!

11411_623989707732615_8733525857844325945_nWe just launched our first Facebook giveaway for a custom beta biothane English bridle (pictured). All you have to do is like our Facebook page, share the photo, and leave a comment. We’ll randomly select a winner Friday, April 10. It couldn’t be simpler!

Don’t forget, we also run tack giveaways through our online shop, as well. This month, we’re giving away a custom turnout halter with bling–never lose a plain old brown halter in the springtime mud again with our bright colors and glitzy bling options. Even if you don’t win our website tack giveaway, you’ll get a $10 coupon just for filling out the entry form (this does not apply to the Facebook giveaway).