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!!!
Today, we continue our Meet Our Models series, which will help introduce readers and customers to the horses who show off our tack on our online shop, and who use our products every day. Find our first piece in the series, in which we meet a young girl’s hard-earned first horse here.
Bentley is one of our youngest models at the age of two. The Percheron/Quarter Horse cross is a fantastic example of a ‘gentle giant,’ according to his person Marissa. The two have been together about a year now, since Marissa found the gelding online and fell in love with him when they met in person.
Because he’s so young, Bentley is just starting out under saddle, but Marissa hopes that one day, he will be an all-around horse, which will mostly incorporate trail riding. He started work in April, got a break over the summer, and started back this September. Already, Marissa says he has a sense of confidence that even borders on sleepiness.
“Nothing seems to phase this horse,” she said. “Tarps, bags, and other obstacles do not even seem to phase this boy. he is such a calm, lazy horse, which is going to be great when he finishes growing.”
Marissa expects Bentley will one day be an intimidating 17 hands, which is why one of their training challenges for now is teaching him about personal space. He’s so eager to cuddle that he tends to invite himself right over, which is sweet but could prove risky if Marissa didn’t address the behavior now.
“So far our proudest moment was walk, trot, loping smoothly and stopping off my seat!” Marissa tells us. Bentley is also learning some trick training (which, by the way, is a great boredom buster during cold weather) and within just two minutes, he learned how to lie down on command.
Many mounted police units around the country use draft crosses (especially draft x Quarter Horse crosses) like Bentley for all the reasons Marissa loves him–the size, combined with a quick mind and easygoing personality, make draft crosses awesome for all kinds of endeavors, but one area where we’ve really heard of them growing is in police departments. Police horses give officers a better vantage point in crowd situations, and serve as friendly ambassadors in urban environments, helping to foster comfort and trust between officers and community members.
See Bentley in action at his modeling gig on our online shop.