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As the new year moves forward, many of us are reviewing our training goals with our horses for 2017. Trainer Sienna Hawk of Longmont, Colo. has a particularly large task in front of her with Tucker. Sienna and Tucker are preparing for the Equine Comeback Challenge, which gives them 120 days to turn Tucker from a green rescue horse to a horse with a solid start on his next career.
Tucker came to Sienna from Harmony Equine Center after he was seized as part of a rescue situation by the New Mexico state veterinarian’s office. He’s a 4-year-old Quarter Horse and is excelling at his training in Western tack so far despite his young age.
Tucker is still learning to find his feet and collect himself, but Sienna said despite his history he is incredibly friendly with people. He’ll soon meet cows for the first time and may even have a propensity for jumping, too.
This is Sienna’s second year participating in the Equine Comeback Challenge, and it sounds like she’s really an up-and-coming young trainer in her local area.
“Over one summer, I began teaching children’s lessons and loved it! After a while the lessons expanded to teaching adults as well, and then I transitioned into training just the horses,” she said. “I really enjoy the one-on-one time spent working with a horse, both on the ground and under saddle. You can learn so much from each one that comes along, and being able to help them through difficult areas in their training is one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever felt.”
Sienna has worked with young horses of several different breeds. She has two personal horses, a Paint named Jet who has done everything working cows, to trail riding, to agility,
jumping, and even endurance. Her other horse is a Miniature named Bron who is mostly a farm pet but is learning to drive. Sienna tells us she has really found her true love in Mustangs.
“I fell in love with Mustangs early in life, and now I’m totally hooked on them! Working at so many different barns, I met many Mustangs and always enjoyed time spent with them,” she said. “What I really love about them is their diversity. There are so many colors, sizes, builds, personalities, and attitudes. Each one is so unique! Mustangs are like working with a different animal too, they have a different way of communicating and learning. But once you bond with one, it is such a strong and meaningful relationship.”
We’re proud to support Tucker and Sienna as they work towards their big finale at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in early March. Sienna tells us Two Horse products are a great option for her work with Tucker because of their durability.
“When I first found Two Horse Tack I got so excited,” she said. “My barn color is blue, so I was thrilled to be able to order any piece of tack to match! The beta biothane is so easy to use, and it doesn’t fade or have to be broken in. The first bridle I ordered a couple years ago is still the same vibrant blue that came out of the box! I use beta biothane every day in my training and riding. It’s the perfect equipment for a busy trainer!”
Luckily for Sienna and Tucker, beta holds up well to sweat and sun, so even with their busy training schedule, Tucker’s Western bridle with his snap-on blue browband will stay smooth and pliable.
Attention eventers, jumpers, and foxhunters: we’ve got a new product in our shop for you!
Our new jumping breastcollar gives you the security and safety of a regular breastcollar while allowing for freedom of movement through the shoulders. (If you aren’t familiar with the safety benefits of a breastcollar, check out this post from our archives.)
The jumping breastcollar runs over the top of the neck and attaches at the saddle billets. That neck strap gives you something to grab onto if your horse decides to perform an unscheduled “gravity check.”
Fully adjustable at the shoulder and billets, this breastcollar is available in your choice of colors: black, white, brown, light blue, dark blue, hunter green, lime green, purple, yellow, orange, red, wine, turquoise, and pink.
In the course of dealing with customers who ride in lots of different disciplines, we’ve found that some of them are huge fans of Conway buckles, while others may never have seen them before.
It’s a little tricky to explain how they come together, so we put together this little video to show you how easy and secure they are to use:
We always love seeing our products in action, but we were especially glad to receive a message on our Facebook page from Ramona, showing off our tack at work in a new therapeutic program for veterans.
Meet the members of the Heroes and Horses color guard at the Natural Valley Therapeutic Riding Center in Brownsburg, Ind. The Heroes and Horses program partners with the local VA Hospital to organize recreational activities for our veterans.
Ramona began working in therapeutic riding in 2002 and is in training to become a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl) instructor, and uses PATH lesson plans in her instruction.
Therapeutic riding can prove beneficial for people with a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional challenges–both the physical activity of riding a horse and the emotions of bonding and communicating with an animal.
“Riding and learning to care for a horse is therapeutic because you get away from everything and have to think of something besides yourself,” Ramona says on her website.
Ramona told us she uses our combination halter bridles in her program, which includes therapy and Special Olympics horses. Lots of people love our halter bridles because they allow riders to easily transition from ground work or leading to riding. That versatility can prove helpful in a therapeutic program, where a rider might be working with an instructor walking at or near the horse’s head, with occasional need to lead the horse. The beta biothane makes for easier upkeep for volunteers at a center like Natural Valley, too–it’s waterproof, fade proof and simple to clean with soap and water.
Natural Valley is one of many teams that we’ve outfitted with a uniform look, despite the fact that horses com in different sizes and shapes. Our bridles, halters, and breastcollars are fully adjustable and available in sizes mini to draft. Our shop can also tailor proportions to fit a growing or tough-to-fit animal–no matter what type of horse (or mule) you’ve got on your team, we can help.
At Two Horse Tack, our hats are off to Ramona and therapeutic instructors like her who bring joy and healing to those who need it. Thanks for all you do!
It’s Dec. 31, which not only means that it’s the last day of 2015, it’s also the last day of the month, so our tack giveaway is closing soon.
This month, we’re giving away a two-color beta biothane turnout halter, which will hold up to all kinds of weather–mud, rain, sunshine, cold–with grace and the same brilliant colors it had on the day it arrived at your door. Our turnout halters are available in sizes mini to draft and come standard with no-rust stainless steel hardware.
Rinse our halters off in the wash stall to clean. Beta biothane doesn’t dry or crack the way leather can…which also means it doesn’t freeze solid in cold weather. We saw this first-hand during last winter in central Kentucky when we saw temperatures well below zero.
It’s quick and painless to enter our giveaway, and you get a $5 gift card just for entering. What’re you waiting for? Enter today.
Santa and his reindeer will be headed out of the North Pole soon, which is why we’re here to remind you that you have just a few days to get your Two Horse Tack order in time for Christmas delivery.
This is a good time to order, because we’re offering a free upgrade from standard to rush shipping. No coupon code needed.
What are you waiting for? Get shopping now.
We have so many people tell us that Two Horse Tack has provided a welcome solution for their tough-to-fit horse. That’s why we were glad to hear that our November tack giveaway might be able to help another horse and owner with this very issue.
Grace and her gelding Kaspian are the winners of an Australian/barcoo bridle, which we are happy to help them customize to ensure excellent fit. Kaspian is a 15-year-old Appaloosa, though Grace suspects he might have some draft horse in his family tree.
Grace and Kaspian got together this June and began to refresh Kaspain’s skills under saddle. Like us, Grace and Kaspian have been dealing with unseasonably rainy weather lately, which she tells us has put a cap on things. Next on their list: hitting the trails for some desensitizing training. After that, Grace hopes they’ll move on to running barrels and popping over some jumps.
All of that will be easier with a well-fitted bridle. Grace said Kaspian is deceptively tall–you might not know it from his photos, but he’s just under 16 hh.
“We haven’t been able to find a tack shop around us that has any bridles that would fit him,” said Grace. “This is going to help us out so much.”
A few weeks back, we were proud to be a prize sponsor at the American Competitive Trail Horse Association ride in Beckley, West Virginia. We wanted to catch up with the winner of our gift card to find out what brought her to trail riding, and what her equine journey has been like.
We met Taylor, who participated in the trail ride aboard Silver Belle. Silver Belle, a 6-year-old Tennessee Walker, is particularly special to Taylor. She met Silver Belle after losing her first horse, who died after Taylor rode her just once. Taylor took some time away from riding after that, and when she got back in the saddle, she discovered Silver Belle and knew they were meant to be.
Taylor and Silver Belle have worked together for three years now, and it’s been quite the learning curve. This was the first time Taylor had ever worked with a horse who needed training.
“Google was my best friend,” she told us.
The two mostly do Western and pleasure riding and have worked up to competitive trail rides. At the recent Lake Stephens trail ride in Surveyor, West Virginia, they came home with five first-place ribbons.
“She is always willing to try her hardest while still pushing my buttons and being stubborn,” Taylor told us.
Silver Belle’s human-like qualities make up for some of that stubbornness, though.
“She will take a water bottle and drink out of it almost like a human, then throw it,” Taylor told us.
Taylor is still deciding which item in our shop she plans to use her gift card for, but so far she’s thinking a colorful new breastcollar would be right up her alley. Two Horse Tack breastcollars keep the saddle from slipping back during a long ride, and are lightweight, so they won’t hold a horse back if they’re on the trail for a while.
Congratulations to Taylor and Silver Belle!
Starting Dec. 1 Two Horse Tack is offering a FREE upgrade to rush shipping for all orders, all month long! No promo code needed. Make sure your order gallops to your door in plenty of time to be wrapped and placed under the tree.
For you procrastinators out there: The last day to order in time for Christmas delivery is December 21.
What are you waiting for? Get shopping!