Most of what we sell in our shop is tack made from beta biothane, but recently we’ve added a new type of beta. If you’re trying to decide which type is best for you, we may be able to help.
Our Standard Beta Biothane is one generation removed from biothane, which you may be familiar with as one of the original synthetic materials that became popular for horse tack years ago. Biothane, which we use only for color overlays, often has a shiny finish to it and can sometimes be a bit stiffer than leather.
Beta biothane, which is the primary material we carry, is a coated nylon material. It has more of a matte finish to its color and is soft and pliable. People like this material because of the wide variety of colors and shades it comes in. It’s waterproof and fadeproof, which makes it much easier to care for than conventional leather.
There are a variety of different types of biothane and beta biothane material. For industrial purposes, many of their names include a number that indicate different varieties. We’ve recently begun offering products made from 580 beta biothane, which we’re calling Better Than Leather. We think this subtype of beta biothane is even closer to having the feel and flexibility of leather.
Those of us familiar with both materials generally find Better Than Leather to be more akin to freshly-oiled, high quality leather — the surface of the material has a soft sheen to it and it’s slightly softer and more pliable in terms of its flexibility. We offer all our halter, bridle, and breastcollar designs in Better Than Leather as well as our usual beta biothane. Better Than Leather is available only in brown and black, and is a great choice for someone who wants a traditional look with the perks of an unconventional material.
We were happy to hear from Sarah and her horse Paige, who recently reviewed our quick change halter bridle. The traditional halter bridle allows you to swap between halter and bridle with just a couple snaps.
Our traditional halter bridle is great for trail riders because it helps them go from trailer to trail, but Sarah and Paige reminded us its versatility is also great during the trail ride itself.
I’m enjoying the halter aspect of the bridle for other reasons though. Twice now when on our trail rides we’ve had to dismount and hand walk because of the terrain. Both times I unhooked my reins from the bit and attached them to the halter lest I accidentally drag on her mouth.
See the rest of Sarah’s review at her blog, A Soft Spot For Stars.
Endurance riders tell us often that they love our equipment because it’s both lightweight and easy to clean. We were happy to get this review from the Green to 100 blog:
“I haven’t had the need to clean it aside from a quick wipe but I love biothane for super easy cleaning and except my saddle I do everything I can in biothane. It doesn’t break (at least I’ve never yet for me) and if I get behind on wiping or rinsing I toss it in the dishwasher. It comes out shiny and new.”
Read the rest of the review here.
But you know, it’s not just endurance or trail riders who benefit from waterproof gear. No one likes to spend their time in the barn aisle, scrubbing and buffing with a sponge on a Saturday night. Breastcollars tend to get more sweaty than just about any other piece of tack, so why not pick up a beta breastcollar for hacks around the farm or riding lessons, even if you’re not prepping for an endurance race?
This holiday weekend, get a breastcollar for less – you can have $5 off an order of $50 or more with code 5off50.
“Before the collar and leash arrived, I admit I was somewhat skeptical about what the material would be like. I have zero experience with synthetic tack; Conrad’s other collars have been nylon or leather. As soon as I unwrapped the collar and leash, I thought there had been a mistake. They were soft, flexible, and felt like leather in my hands. I was completely surprised by how much the Beta Biothane seemed like leather!”
Karen and her Dachshund, Conrad, reviewed a bling collar and leash on Karen’s Patently Bay blog. They were new to beta biothane and said they were really surprised by how “buttery soft” the material was!
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.
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!
“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!
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!
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!
Two Horse Tack customers, rejoice! A brand new website is in the works to make your ordering process quicker and easier. Our upgraded interface should be in the works by Thursday morning, and we’d encourage you to give it a test ride–let us know what you love and what you want to see in the next update.
One thing we really focused on with this new and improved site is ease of custom ordering. There are a lot of choices to make when putting in an order for one of our pieces–color, size, hardware, bit end styles on bridles, and matching extras. Our hope is that this new layout will make it more quicker and easier to be sure you design tack you’ll love.
Check it out: www.twohorsetack.com
March is in full swing and that means we’ve launched a new tack giveaway on our online shop.
If you were hoping this month’s contest would bring a little international flair to your trail rides or endurance, you’re in luck. In March, we’re giving away an Australian/barcoo style bridle. The barcoo is simple yet durable and lets the beauty of your horse’s facial features shine through. The barcoo comes without a noseband and with a solid browband, all in your choice of 14 colors of beta biothane.
If you’re the lucky winner but have a tough-to-fit horse, no worries. Like all our other products, the bridle is available in sizes Miniature Horse to draft with customization available if you have a horse who falls in between sizes.
Even if you don’t win, you’ll get a $5 off coupon code which pops up right after you submit your entry. Jump in this month’s contest here.