We reached out to Amy at the 5 Years To Tevis blog to see if she’d be interested in reviewing one of our bridles recently. Although she already had a teal halter bridle for her pony Pearl, Amy told us she’d love the chance to test out one of our other products in exchange for a review on her fabulous blog.
If you’re an endurance rider or aspiring endurance rider by the way, you’ll want to read 5 Years To Tevis. Amy launched the blog in 2016 to document her journey to reach the famous Tevis Cup, a 100-mile endurance race. As we know, working toward a major endurance goal requires a lot of patience and it’s great to have adult amateur riders support each other in a sport like this one.
Although Pearl is not, by breeding, an Icelandic Horse, Amy wanted to try our Icelandic bridle. For one thing, this style bridle is designed with heavier-but-shorter horses in mind, which made it a great option for Pearl, who is a 13-hand Appy. Amy points out it also has another useful feature: the option of fastening the noseband in front of the bit ring, similar to the Micklem-type bridle popular with eventers (although our design is different, just featuring the one attachment at the chin).
“I was quite impressed and happy again with the quality of the product. The stitching is tight and clean. When I first heard the thread was white I thought it would stand out more, but it actually works really well with the bright colors. The biothane itself is definitely sturdy, while not too heavy or thick. And I was impressed with the bling! Unlike some of the western bridles I have had, it is not just glued on. I definitely think it will stand up to daily use!”
See Amy’s full review here.
Congratulations to Elizabeth and her 20-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Titan! Elizabeth and Titan are the winners of our July tack giveaway for a neoprene English saddle pad like this one.
Just like our beta biothane tack, our neoprene saddle pads are water-proof and sun-proof, which makes them easy to clean and air dry. Elizabeth and Titan compete in dressage, and we’re hoping this pad can help them get ready for the next show.
In August, we’re giving away a two-color beta biothane turnout halter in your choice of size or color. Our turnout halters are rugged enough for everyday use and won’t crack, fade, or freeze, no matter what the weather. Adjustable at nose and headstall with chin clip for easy on/off.
You’ll get a $5 off coupon just for entering our giveaway! Put your name in the hat here.
Today we’re launching a series of blog posts to help you get to know our team of Two Horse Tack Ambassadors. Our Ambassador program helps social media influencers and riders find great custom tack at a great price. Interested in applying for our Ambassador program? Fill out our questionnaire here. Our program accepts ambassadors on a rolling basis.
This week, we meet Kallie and her Percheron, Baxter. They have been proudly showing off our war bridle during their rides this summer!
–What have you and your horse been up to this summer–preparing for a show, hitting the trails, trying a new sport?
This summer Baxter and I took on a new sport, Mounted Archery. Mounted Archery is a challenging and engaging sport and requires a great deal of trust and confidence in your equine partner. Baxter is excelling at Mounted Archery very quickly and seems to really enjoy himself. Riding a large draft (Percheron) in Mounted Archery is not common, especially one who is 18 hands. Most Mounted Archery horses are between 14 and 16 hands tall so you do not have to shoot down to the targets. Baxter’s height is not holding either of us back at all, I feel we are both growing quickly in the sport and I can’t wait to see what we can do in the future! We participated in a Mounted Archery Clinic earlier this year and will be attending another in August as well as participating in a rein-less riding clinic also in August. We also joined a Mounted Archery club and participate in monthly club practices.
–How did you first meet Baxter?
I purchased Baxter as an 8-month-old, with the thought of training him to be my next all-around show and trail horse. Baxter started going to shows in hand as a yearling and two-year-old and also spent lots of time with me on trails, either with me leading him or ponying him off of another horse. I started sitting on Baxter the fall of his 2-year-old year and started him under saddle as a 3-year-old. He and I have been successfully competing in all-around events at open horse shows as well as trail riding since he was three. I also use him to babysit horses that come to my farm for training and as a pony horse as well as a trail leader when introducing horses to trail riding. Baxter has also dabbled as a lesson horse for a six and ten-year-old girls when he was four (when my lesson horse hurt herself).
What’s your favorite part of your Baxter’s personality?
Baxter has a lot of personality but what I enjoy the most is his willingness to trust me and try new adventures and his loving-ness. He is a complete snuggle bug and loves to be brushed and hugged.
What do you like about the Two Horse gear you got as part of the program?
Baxter and I received the Medieval Baroque War or Parade Bridle made from Beta Biothane. I loved that I could send Two Horse Tack Baxter’s measurements (he has a very large and often hard to fit head) and they sent me a beautifully made bridle that fit him great! The Beta Biothane Bridle is very easy to clean, compliments his face and the reins are easy to grip. I had not previously worked with Beta Biothane and was impressed with the softness and flexibility it has. Baxter gets lots of compliments on his bridle and I love how it opens up conversations with people I don’t know about Beta Biothane gear from Two Horse Tack. And the style makes Baxter look super cool!!!
Endurance riders have long been fans of Two Horse Tack because our beta biothane products are super lightweight and waterproof. Jamie over at the Green to 100 blog recently reviewed one of our two-color breastcollars, and she pointed out that another reason she loves Two Horse is the affordable price of our tack:
“As I was looking at breastplates they are expensive. This one I was slightly skeptical of because it was half the price of the other one I was considering. I ended up with both and I liked this one better and sent the other back. It was heavier and a little wider and thicker.”
Thanks, Jamie! Glad you loved it. Read the full review at Green to 100 here.
Like Jamie’s breastcollar? Get your own here.
With the hot weather steaming up time in the saddle, who couldn’t use a little help keeping a grip on their reins?
That’s why we offer a Super Grip overlay on our beta biothane reins. Karen over at the Patently Bay blog recently reviewed our Super Grip reins and was pleasantly surprised at how well they held up in hot and misty weather.
What impressed me about the super grip material? It never gets slippery. Really. The first two times I used these reins, it was misting and/or sprinkling and the reins got wet (with the rest of my tack). I figured they’d slip through my hands since I didn’t even have gloves on but nope!
You have your choice of brown, black, or orange Super Grip added to any set of reins for just $5 extra. Five dollars isn’t much for the added safety and convenience this material gives.
Read Karen’s full review here.
…for Two Horse Tack, which Lazarus demonstrates. Lazarus is a draft horse who was rescued from a kill pen auction in New Jersey and is now loved by his person, Heidi.
Lazarus is wearing our blue sidepull bitless bridle, which starts at just $55 in our online shop (a flat price, whether you order a draft, a mini, or a regular horse size). The sidepull is one of two bitless bridles we offer; the other is the 2-in-1, which can be converted to either a crossunder style or a sidepull. Learn more about bitless styles here.
For a variety of reasons, horses sometimes develop ear- or head-shyness. Whether it’s a prior bad experience or a lingering medical issue, this behavioral tick can make bridling a real challenge.
Olivia ended up with a horse who had a problem with ear shyness and while they worked together to improve his anxiety, she was still happy to discover our mule bridle can be taken on and off without pulling the headstall over the ears. The headstall clips onto the cheekpiece on the left side of the horse’s head, minimizing ear contact.
Olivia was also happy about how low-maintenance the beta biothane mule bridle is.
“I know leather aficionados are cringing, but there are really a lot of advantages to Beta Biothane tack. The main advantage to my mind is the durability and ease of care. I love soft and supple leather too, don’t get me wrong. And I do enjoy cleaning my leather tack and having it transform. But, I am a lazy person at heart. And Beta Biothane? You can wash it in the dishwasher.”
Read Olivia’s full review at DIY Horse Ownership
Get your own mule bridle – starting at just $40! – here.
No matter how long you’ve been riding, we can all use a little extra stability in the saddle. That’s why our English and Western breastcollars have the option to add an over-wither strap. This gives you a great base of support should your horse slip or perform an ‘unscheduled gravity check.’
All our beta biothane breastcollars are water-proof and sweat-proof, so just need a quick trip under the hose to come clean.
Breastcollars start at just $40!
Congratulations to Kelsey and Lynx, who won our June tack giveaway for a set of beta biothane stirrup leathers!
We asked Kelsey to tell us a little about her and her horse…
“My name is Kelsey, I’m an elementary music teacher, and my horse’s name is Lynx. He is an 8-year-old Quarter Horse. We enjoy trail riding around the area where we live. Also we love y’all’s halter-bridle! He has had one for several years and it has held up wonderfully!”
Our July tack giveaway is now live. This month, we’re giving away a black English style neoprene saddle pad. This Trooper-style pad is no-slip and no-fuss, just like our tack! Just rinse with water to clean.
One of Kaity’s favorite parts of the ordering process was getting the right sizing for her Saddlebred, Leo. We have a lot of size options — way more than most tack companies, and have the ability to customize a fit for a particular horse or breed.
“Sizing was the first issue of concern. Normally, Leo goes in cob-sized gear, but a quick e-mail to Jacke led to the discovery that their cob-sized items are for, well, cobs; my narrow, gangly horse was probably not going to fit well in something that was intended for a horse that’s built like a small tank (and I mean that as a compliment – cobs are awesome!). Luckily, Two Horse Tack offers an option for that – the Arab size – and despite Leo’s lack of a dished face, a brief e-mail exchange with Jacke was enough to determine that the Arab size was likely our best option.”