Lots of the tack we sell is beta biothane, which we think is a wonderful material. But it’s easy to forget sometimes that we also make great quality leather tack at a good price. The Ride The Pony blog recently reviewed our leather English bridle, and we were so happy she loved it as much as we do!
“When I was unpacking the bridle I noticed right away it was made from high quality leather and was very thick and heavy. I personally like my bridles to have some heaviness to them, so this bridle was a 10/10 for material.”
Get your own English bridle in leather for just $30 here.
Read the complete bridle review at Ride The Pony
We continue our Meet Our Breeds series this week with Norway the Andalusian stallion. He is one of our most popular models, as the striking gray showing off the red and yellow English bridle that so often catches attention on social media.
The Andalusian has a royal history, as one of the breeds sought after by Spanish and Portuguese royalty after tracing its origins to the Iberian Peninsula.
The stout nature of the horse gave it the strength for high level dressage as well as durability for use by cavalries, which was a popular outlet for them through the 1700s.
As with so many breeds, Andalusian numbers dwindled in the early 1900s. In the United States, low numbers were partly due to tight import restrictions, which were in place until the 1960s, but the breed has since spread. According to one 2010 study, there were around 185,000 registered Andalusians across the world.
Andalusians are typically around 15.0 hands with thick, wavy manes and tails, with slightly convex faces, with compact yet substantial frames.
Andalusians are closely related to Lusitanio horses, and also had influence on the gene pools of the Lippizzaner, Friesian, Oldenburg, Hanoverian, and Holstein.
The breed is used for both driving and riding. Although it’s primarily known for its affinity for classical dressage, Andalusians are also involved with bull fighting, show jumping, and even western pleasure.
Two Horse Tack takes pride in fitting tack to all breeds and sizes of horse. To ensure a custom fit, include your horse’s height, weight, age, and breed (as well as any measurements you may have from current tack) in the Order Notes section at checkout.
We’re extending our giveaway of a custom two-color English bridle over on our Facebook page! Check it out and enter now–all you have to do is LIKE the page, SHARE the photo, and LEAVE a comment.
We were excited to read a product review from Judi of the Trail Horse Adventures blog this week. Judi is a trail rider just like us, and takes her Morabs for adventures in the Cleveland Metro Parks. Judi is a trail riding veteran, and has lots of insight and anecdotes to share with fellow riders, especially those who are new to the pasttime. She is also the author of “Trail Training for the Horse and Rider” and “Trail Horse Adventures and Advice,” which we absolutely recommend.
Judi ordered our beta biothane English bridle with bling for her horse Cole Train, and we think he looks fantastic in it. She especially liked the feel of the bridle, having worked with alternative materials before and found synthetics a bit stiff. Actually, several other riders at the barn thought the bridle, which is black with pink bling, was leather.
Check out the full review here.
We recently completed a tack giveaway for Behind the Bit, which is a fantastic source for dressage riders to find event coverage, product reviews, and horsey fun of all sorts.
We gave away a two-tone English bridle, which is made from 3/4-inch beta with a 1/2-inch overlay. Our range of colors allows customers to be as bold or as traditional as they want; our winners decided to do a black base with a purple overlay–a nice mix of the conventional and the colorful!
The winners of the giveaway are Gemma and Ayrk. Ayrk is an 18-year-old Norwegian Fjord. The Norwegian Fjord is closely related to the Przewalski’s horse, and as you can see it’s known for its distinctive coloring and “rocker boy” mane. The Norwegian Fjord is a descendant of Mongolian wild horses and is considered an endangered breed.
Ayrk and Gemma have been working together for four years. They came together through a friend of Gemma’s riding instructor, and are currently learning about dressage. They also jump from time to time, as well. Ayrk is a huge fan of fruit–strawberries and tangerines being a particular favorite. We’ve heard of horses eating bananas and of course apples, but tangerines are a new one for us.
Enjoy your bridle, Ayrk and Gemma!
It’s time for our February tack giveaway. This month we’re giving away our English bridle to one lucky entrant. This bridle comes in 3/4-inch beta biothane with a one-piece removable noseband that threads through the cheekpiece. It converts easily into a Western bridle.
Like all our beta pieces, our beta English bridle won’t crack, mold, or fade no matter the weather, and can be cleaned with soap and water.
So, what’re you waiting for? Enter on our website today. Even if you don’t win, you’ll get a $5 coupon just for entering.