Congratulations to Elizabeth and her 20-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Titan! Elizabeth and Titan are the winners of our July tack giveaway for a neoprene English saddle pad like this one.
Just like our beta biothane tack, our neoprene saddle pads are water-proof and sun-proof, which makes them easy to clean and air dry. Elizabeth and Titan compete in dressage, and we’re hoping this pad can help them get ready for the next show.
In August, we’re giving away a two-color beta biothane turnout halter in your choice of size or color. Our turnout halters are rugged enough for everyday use and won’t crack, fade, or freeze, no matter what the weather. Adjustable at nose and headstall with chin clip for easy on/off.
You’ll get a $5 off coupon just for entering our giveaway! Put your name in the hat here.
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!!!
…for Two Horse Tack, which Lazarus demonstrates. Lazarus is a draft horse who was rescued from a kill pen auction in New Jersey and is now loved by his person, Heidi.
Lazarus is wearing our blue sidepull bitless bridle, which starts at just $55 in our online shop (a flat price, whether you order a draft, a mini, or a regular horse size). The sidepull is one of two bitless bridles we offer; the other is the 2-in-1, which can be converted to either a crossunder style or a sidepull. Learn more about bitless styles here.
Congratulations to Kelsey and Lynx, who won our June tack giveaway for a set of beta biothane stirrup leathers!
We asked Kelsey to tell us a little about her and her horse…
“My name is Kelsey, I’m an elementary music teacher, and my horse’s name is Lynx. He is an 8-year-old Quarter Horse. We enjoy trail riding around the area where we live. Also we love y’all’s halter-bridle! He has had one for several years and it has held up wonderfully!”
Our July tack giveaway is now live. This month, we’re giving away a black English style neoprene saddle pad. This Trooper-style pad is no-slip and no-fuss, just like our tack! Just rinse with water to clean.
Like many of us, Ashley has spent afternoons here and there throwing a halter and leadrope on her horse and going for a short ride. Of course, you can’t necessarily spend every day in the ring that way. This led her to wonder whether a bitless bridle might be right for her two horses.
As she writes in The North Carolina Cowgirl Blog, Ashley found it was a great fit for her horse Gracie and was pleased with the quality of our 2-in-1 bridle with bling.
“Whether you ride English or Western, Two Horse Tack’s bitless bridle is a great piece of tack and I would recommend it. It’s good quality for the price and functions well. If your horse is like mine, then I’m sure he/she would love to be ridden without a bit every once in a while. 😉”
This week, we sent out our first shipment of items to our first group of Two Horse Tack Ambassadors! We’re really excited about this new program, which we hope will spread the word about our products to riders of all disciplines. Our Ambassadors get one item of their choice (excluding harnesses), as well as a special coupon code to share with their friends. In exchange, they post photos and reviews of our products to their social media followers.
We’re taking ambassadors on a rolling basis, so apply today!
In honor of Memorial Day weekend, we’re offering $10 off your next order of $100+! Enter coupon code MMD565 at checkout!
Nicole over at the blog Equinpilot has teamed up with Two Horse Tack for a really cool giveaway. A foal by her stallion Roscoe is expected in the next few weeks, and Nicole is running a pool to see who can guess the baby’s arrival date and gender! Winner gets their choice of a custom Two Horse Tack bridle/halter/reins/stirrup leathers. How cool is that?
That is going to be one adorable baby!
Congratulations to Niki of Legacy Horse Farm in Virginia! Niki is the winner of our March tack giveaway for a grooming halter. Legacy has long been a breeding operation for unusual gaited horse breeds, including Tiger Horses, Walkaloosas, Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses, Paso Finos and Hackneys. Niki is in the process of converting Legacy to a non-profit horse club with emphasis on veterans and children with special needs. Good for you, Niki!
Want to become our next tack giveaway winner? Enter here: http://twohorsetack.com/tackgiveaway
We love hearing about off-track Thoroughbreds enjoying their new careers, so of course we’re proud to welcome Camile and her OTTB Gentry into our new ambassador program! Camile met Whitehouse Ridge, aka “Gentry” after exercising him for a friend and now shows the 11-year-old in hunter/jumper and dressage.
Camile and Gentry recently got one of our quick change halter bridles to make it easier for them to switch from one part of their training day to the next.
Q: I remember you said you exercised Gentry for a friend before buying him; what was it about him that made you decide you wanted to work with him yourself?
This first time I had actually met Gentry was on a “field trip” with our 4H team. It was my first year judging and we had traveled out to my current friends place to set up a couple of classes. He was skinny, ugly looking thing that she had been giving time to recoop from his past life. At the time I had no interest in him. It wasn’t until another 2 YEARS later that I went out and visited their place again, this time helping Leeanne’s step daughter (my team captain) with grooming the ponies. The night before I had found G’s sale ad and fell in love with his movement. (I actually didn’t even know it was the same horse.) This happened to be the day that somebody was coming and looking at him for their kid and Leeanne had me work him a little after they left. Fortunately for me, they didn’t like his big movement and declined the sale offer. Later that week, I received a call from her asking if I would like to work him for her, until he sold, for a limited pay. I started working him, with my parents telling me that we weren’t buying the horse, and all of us starting falling for him. He was just so sweet, with his big brown eyes and cowlick of a mane and he always seemed to know what to do even though he was green. He was so forgiving if you messed up. Before we moved him, mom got on him and she hasn’t ridden in a while, and he took care of her by simply standing there and refusing to move. It was a funny yet kind act. That is what sold us.
Q:What’s your favorite part of Gentry’s personality?
He always tries his best, he gives his whole heart to me. Gentry is just that kind of guy that puts 110% ever time and it makes me so happy that I know that he will always try no matter what.
Q:What are your goals for this showing season, and what types of training challenges are you working on?
This year we are focusing on getting his confidence up in the show ring. I plan on showing him in 2ft h/s and eq o/f. Some of our challenges….oh my. Where to begin. You just never seem to be ready for shows. XD Headset is defiantly a struggle as well as keeping the true bend and relaxing through and over the bridle.
Q:What is it about Two Horse Tack products you and Gentry love?
We love the durability and quality we get out of your products. Gentry is a bit of a mud lover, so it is always nice to have the tack that will stand up to his messy habits.
Q:How do you anticipate the quick change halter bridle will be helpful in your workouts?
This will help us in our workouts because I go on a lot of trail rides to build his topline and this product will help us stay clean and look good J Plus, they are malleable and soft on his face.
Follow their journey on their Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/ottb.gentry/