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Congratulations to Gaia!

Congratulations to Gaia, winner of our recent tack giveaway with the Behind the Bit blog! We love meeting our followers on social media, and readers in the blogosphere. Gaia is a 2-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse who has been hand-raised by her human, Susan. Gaia was a dystocia foal, meaning her delivery was complicated; in Gaia’s case, her dam suffered a fractured pelvis, which meant that she couldn’t take care of Gaia. Susan tells us Gaia didn’t have to be bottle fed but actually drank milk out of a Tupperware container.

Meet Gaia, the Tennessee Walking Horse

Meet Gaia, the Tennessee Walking Horse

Because of Gaia’s age, she’s not ready to begin working under saddle yet, but will be starting ground driving soon and her people hope to use her new bitless bridle in her early training.

Susan tells us that because of the way Gaia grew up, she’s very people-oriented; sort of a “pocket pony” whose personality should help her excel at whatever she does. We’re expecting big things from this little girl!

Gaia will get a great start with our two-in-one bitless bridle, which converts between a cross-under bitless bridle and a sidepull. The cross-under style works with more generalized pressure than the sidepull, which focuses pressure on the horse’s nose. Many of our customers find that the bitless bridle gives them both extra control and a better sense of connectivity with their horse. The flexibility of the two-in-one makes it a great option for those trying a bitless bridle for the first time.


Congratulations to our tack giveaway winner!

Congratulations to Maya B. of Arizona, who won a free two-in-one bitless bridle in our most recent tack giveaway!

Maya is the proud owner of 19-year-old Arabian mare La Negra. When Maya got her, the mare was abused and neglected (think no farrier for three YEARS) and had been used for horse tripping. After two years of hard work, Maya tells us this gorgeous mare is finally back in fantastic shape. She still has a lingering quarter crack in one of her hooves due to years of neglect, but she has learned to trust again. The pair go trail riding across all kinds of terrain, swimming in the lake, and have played with barrels and jumps. La Negra is now relaxed and trusting enough to be a kid’s horse.

Maya chose a bridle with aqua bling, which we think is going to look fabulous on La Negra.

La Negra, in all her glory

La Negra, in all her glory

We salute you Maya, for making this sweet girl what she is today!

If you entered our tack giveaway but didn’t get drawn for the bridle, have no worries–everyone is a winner! We opted to give everyone who entered a $5 gift card to our shop, which should show up as a coupon in your email inbox this evening. Feel free to share the coupon with friends and family–it’s a gift that keeps on giving! Even better, we’re still doing our ornament giveaway for all orders over $25 while supplies last.

Also, take a look at our next tack giveaway here.