You Ask — We Listen!

The Two Horse Tack Team loves hearing from you, our customers and assisting you find, and fit the right equipment for your equine partners. A custom fit can be as simple as mixing the size of the pieces on a bridle; for example, shorter cheek pieces to accommodate a hackamore. Sometimes we have a request for a modification of an existing design, or even a brand new design for our product library.

We were recently asked by a customer and professional trainer if we could make a rolled nose sidepull similar to a design she was familiar with, but for which production had long been discontinued. Following some research into the preferred design, our team built our simple sidepull out of beta biothane, with a rolled leather noseband, and a removable jaw strap.

We then ran a brief field test (literally!) of the design and sizing, pressing two of our Equine Team Members into service. Our prototype was built in Horse size, with an extra few inches added to the jaw strap.

Our first model, Sweepit, is a 15.2 hh Thoroughbred mare who wears Horse size. The jaw strap and curb strap are much too generous for her, as is the browband, but the length over the poll is perfect, with the cheek rings sitting flat on the large, lower jaw bone, and the noseband safely on the bone bridge of her face.

Next we tried it on Tough Chukker (Polo), a 16.2 hh Thoroughbred Gelding who wears Warmblood/Thoroughbred size. Again, that jaw strap is too long, but the curb strap adjusts to fit well, and the browband fits beautifully. This did need to be let out to the longest setting for length.

We’ll provide this feedback to our tack makers so that they can modify the size template before building for our customers. A benefit of the removable pieces is that they are easily exchanged, and even better, can be hole-punched and trimmed of excess with a good leather punch, and a pair of utility shears that you may already have in your tack and tool box.

In addition to the sidepull, you might also notice another custom request – A lead line buckled to a bit connector, most commonly seen for showing in hand. Coming soon to the website!

Product development can take several weeks depending upon volume, while simple, custom modifications can usually be done within our published production time. If you have questions about fit, or need help to accommodate your equine partner, please reach out to us by email to 2horsetack@gmail.com. Include photos or links to photos, and details about your horse.

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