We’re a little late in doing so, but Two Horse Tack is proud to announce the winner of our May tack giveaway. Congratulations to Katie and her gelding, Winchester!
Katie and Winchester are just beginning their riding journey together, as Winchester is just two and a half years old. He is a playful leopard Appaloosa, which as you might guess is a color pattern characterized by large spots, often brown, over a gray body. Very striking!
Katie tells us that Winchester is a playful sort, engaging his buddies in the field and sometimes even trying to jump over them. That’s quite a mental picture. Katie will be training Winchester for Western pleasure, which is the discipline she has ridden since she was five.
Katie and Winchester won a custom grooming halter with blinggrooming halter with bling, which we hope will prove useful to them for many years ahead. Our beta biothane grooming halters are missing their cheek and chin straps, making clipping and currying on the horse’s face a breeze. They will have their choice of 14 base colors and 12 colors of bling for the perfect color combo to complement Winchester’s spots. All our grooming halters come with no-rust stainless steel hardware, and our rhinestones are hand-riveted into place for rugged use, even by a two and a half-year-old. Sound like a good deal? Get your own for just $43 plus shipping!
We don’t know about you, but these days, our horses are coming in looking like this pretty much every day:
The horses love it, and we…are less than thrilled. Especially when it comes to removing the encrusted mud layers from their cheeks and chin.
If you’re struggling with this also, we have the perfect tack giveaway for you this month. Two Horse Tack is giving away a free bling grooming halter during the month of February. Sign up to win (no purchase needed) here.
Our grooming halter has the cheek and chinpieces removed for easier access to the horse’s face while grooming, bathing, or clipping. And even better, our beta biothane washes clean with soap and water, so mud is no problem. It won’t crack or dry, no matter how many cycles of cleaning it goes through. Your choice of 14 base colors and 12 bling colors to best compliment your steed.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. And, if you enter now, you’ll also get a $5 off coupon for your next purchase of $40 or more at our online shop.
After a winter’s worth of growing coats worthy of wooly mammoths, our horses are finally shedding, and yours probably are too.
Luckily, we’ve figured out a few tips for helping the process go smoothly.
- The traditional rubber curry comb or grooming glove works well, but a metal shedding blade (when used gently) works even better for longer hair over the body. A grooming stone (actually made from fiberglass) is great for sensitive areas like legs and also helps remove bot eggs when needed.
- Exercise increases bloodflow, which encourages shedding. Keeping your horse in regular work may help them let go of some hair.
- If it’s especially warm in your part of the world, a body clip might be an option, but the horse’s coat will likely be dull until the spring coat grows in.
- Making sure the horse has enough fatty acids in their diet is good for overall coat health, which may help the coat’s appearance through the shedding process. Corn or rice bran oil are go-to for this in small amounts.
- Regular bathing (with some elbow grease from the grooming mitt) can encourage shedding, and keeps the remaining hair looking great
- Don’t forget to wear appropriate clothing for grooming sessions while your horse is shedding–we’re still trying to get extra hair out of our fleece jackets.
- One more tip: pick up a grooming halter. You might not think the removal of the throat strap would make much of a difference, but trust us–when you’re to curry mud or trim hair out from under those straps, you’ll wish they weren’t there.
We’ve heard lots of tricks to get your horse show-ready over the course of our years in the saddle, and almost none of them involved really expensive grooming sprays. If you’re overhauling your show kit for next year, don’t forget:
WD-40. Not only is it a great tool in getting those pull-on bell boots on or off, this stuff can also be a great hoof dressing for clay-based arenas. Spray on and wipe before you ride and touch up before the next round. It’s also good at keeping ice from building up in a shod hoof, too.
- Corn starch. It’s cheap and a very fine powder, which makes it good to boost the white on socks. Just rub a little onto clean, dry leg and use a brush or rag to blend until it looks natural–just don’t do this post-hoof oil. Talcum powder works, too.
- Baby oil. Lightly dampen a rag with baby oil and rub over the nose and under the eyes for a more refined look. Can be lightly applied across the coat for extra shine–just be careful not to overdo it.
- Hair gel. It’s a girl’s best friend, especially if your horse’s mane isn’t braided.
Bonus Tuesday tip: don’t forget to check out our $10 off for 10 days sale on our war bridle. Click here for details!
As you may have noticed on our store, we’re all about dressing things up a little…turning the conventional into creative.
That could be why we love those clipping contests that are circulating Facebook these days–how do these people find the time, patterns, and clipper blades to pull some of these off? And more importantly, how patient are those horses??
If you love them as much as we do, check out the photos at this recent Eventing Nation post
and this forum thread. We love the stars. Which are your favorites?