On this #ThrowbackThursday, we’re taking a look back to last summer, when we sponsored the Two Horse Tango, a competitive mounted orienteering ride we sponsored in Central Kentucky.
Our course took us through Versailles State Park, the site of 26 miles of trail and some fascinating Civil War history.
Read an account of the Two Horse Tango CMO from Jacke Reynolds, our friend over at the Endurance Granny blog.
There is no end to the color combinations customers can choose with our overlay and base color options. We’ve always thought Griffin’s choice to do the light blue overlay on a teal base was one of the most dimensional we’ve seen.
We were happy to support a recent contest from Green Bean Endurance to help outfit new endurance riders.
Grow Your Green Bean Garden
The required gardening “chores” to qualify for the drawing based on division:
Bean Sprouting (On the Vine)
Garden chores: Obtain a mentor, volunteer a full day at a ride, and complete a ride of 25+ miles.
Bean Blooming (Picked)
Garden chores: Obtain a mentor, volunteer a full day at a ride, and complete back to back LD’s on the same horse or a ride of 50+ miles.
Bean Epic (Cooked)
Garden chores: Obtain a mentor, volunteer a full day at a ride, and complete four 50’s on the same horse this season or a ride of 75+ miles.
All riders finishing their chores (1 for each division) were entered into a random drawing for a tack set from Two Horse Tack: Bridle (western, or halter style), reins, and breast collar. Color combo of choice. To keep, or to share with a bean in need.
In many ways, reins are the most important pieces of safety equipment you have. That’s why it’s important they both be 1) strong and 2) unlikely to slip through your fingers.
Ashley at the Go Pony blog recently reviewed our riding reins with Super Grip overlay, and we’re happy to say she found them as tough as we do.
If you’re a competitive trail or endurance rider, take a peek at the Go Pony blog. Ashley has done it all in the equine world – Western, English, and now endurance with her two ponies, Mimi and Liberty.
“The super-grip is really comfortable, and the grip is pony-tested — this is the only thing I can use on her that won’t rub blisters on my fingers.
Like all beta, it is ridiculously easy to take care of — wipe down, spray, or dunk in a bucket, and let drip dry.
Overall, I found them to be a very solid option, and very budget-friendly. Turnaround time was incredibly fast; the reins were shipped out the next day after I ordered them.”
Get your own set of beta biothane reins here.
See the full review here.
We were pleased to team up once again with the Motoring Down The Trails blog for a product review. This time, Griffin reviewed our quick change halter bridle, which is a very popular item with trail and endurance riders because of its versatile nature.
Griffin opted for the ice-blue combination of teal and light blue for her tack set, and it looks fantastic.
As always, she was able to work with our shop to make sure her mount Prophecy got just the right proportions to fit his head shape.
I was able to adjust it well for his Myler Combo (though I need to remember to loosen the curb a little next time), and still have room to play. Of course, best of all it looks great on him! The beta is easy to trim up later if I choose, and can always poke more holes with a leather punch.
Read Griffin’s complete review and get a discount on a tack set like hers here.
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.
We got this fantastic note from Jacke Reynolds of Green Bean Endurance about one of our youngest customers, Rowyn, who just got a pony bridle as part of our giveaways with Green Bean. We work closely with Green Bean to meet the needs of upcoming endurance riders, and even designed a line of tack specifically for them. Green Bean is a group designed to educate and assist new endurance riders:
We were excited to get this note from Lindsay, one of our loyal customers and a trail/endurance rider. Lindsay and her horse hit the road this summer with her parents and her husband. The trip took 33 days and spanned over 5,000 miles!
“Mow and I travelled around the country this spring and were so thankful to have our Two Horse Tack bridle, reins, and breastcollar along for the journey. We drove 5,674 miles and rode in 11 different states. I had plenty of things to worry about on this long trip but my tack was definitely not one of them! Rain or shine, heat or cold, this tack is amazing. Mow never had a rub mark, the beta biothane is so easy to clean, and the super grip on the reins is extremely soft on my hands. Thank you Two Horse Tack for helping make my adventure a success!”
Sounds like the vacation of a lifetime to us.
Lindsay is part of the Green Bean Endurance program, which is an online education and support community for endurance riders of all levels. As you can see below, Lindsay and Mow are kitted out in bright green beta biothane that’s from our special Green Bean line of tack. Our tack line is designed for endurance and trail riders, who need their gear to be light but strong and able to stand up to all types of weather. Check it out here.
In our work with different breeds, we’ve seen some pretty amazing manes and forelocks … but we have to admit, when we got a look at Scout, we became sure hers takes the cake.
Meet Scout and her person, Laura, who are aspiring endurance riders who met us through Green Bean Endurance, which is an online community where current and aspiring endurance riders can meet and learn more about the sport. Scout, whose registered name is Katrina May, is a 15-year-old Morgan. Scout and Laura have only been together for a few months after finding each other on an online message board advertising Morgans for sale.
When it comes to that fabulous forelock, Laura says she’s always had an appreciation for fantastic hair, and when it comes to a ‘do like this one, she believes that ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it!’ And it would seem Scout agrees.
The pair are currently trail riding and Laura is hopeful that they will dabble in endurance riding, where she hopes the Morgan sturdiness and Scout’s small size will ben an asset. They’re still getting to know each other, so there are a lot of question marks about Scout’s greatest strengths and biggest challenges under saddle, but Laura said they did have a great “bonding moment” recently when Scout needed some medication.
“Well, I haven’t had too many moments – we are still bonding. And she is very independent. But she had a sinus infection recently and she put her head in my arms while she got a shot. It was a connection moment when she seemed to look to me for comfort and safety. It made me happy,” Laura told us.
Laura and Scout have been test driving our traditional halter bridle in eye-catching green and royal blue. Laura told us she likes the colors and appreciated how perfectly-sized the bridle was to Scout’s head, which has been a little hard to fit. The cob size ended up working best for Scout, but our tack makers can adjust any of our sizes (which range from mini horse to draft) to fit a particular horse if we have the horse’s breed, age, and size.
We also think the beta biothane will be a great option for Laura and Scout if and when they begin their endurance career–beta is a favorite among endurance riders since it’s both light and gentle on sensitive skin for long rides. Thinking about making a switch from leather? Order a free sample kit to see what you think.
It’s time for another tack giveaway for endurance riders! Pull out your phone and use your Endomondo or other mileage tracking app to show us the miles you’re logging in the saddle in conditioning rides and competitions. Send us your screenshots between now and 9 a.m. April 18 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The rider with the most miles will win a $25 gift card to Two Horse Tack.
Want a reminder to log your miles? Join the contest event page on Facebook.
At our online shop, you can find halters, bridles, and breastcollars made from colorful, lightweight beta biothane to fit any size, shape, or breed of horse or pony out there. Check out our Green Bean Endurance line of products, designed especially for endurance riders and set up to benefit a great educational organization.