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Meet our ambassadors: Kallie and Baxter

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!

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 –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).

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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!!!

 

 

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Dressing your horse for Halloween

It’s almost Oct. 31, and a lot of local trail rides and three-day events are adding costume classes for those of us who refuse to admit that we are no longer an appropriate age for trick-or-treating. Out of curiosity, we’ve spent a LOT of time in the past few days Googling costume ideas for horses (we have such a tough job).

This one didn't need much of a costume--just a careful paint job

This one didn’t need much of a costume–just a careful paint job

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As if his costume weren't impressive enough, Cloudburst is also a mini therapy horse for Gentle Carousel.

As if his costume weren’t impressive enough, Cloudburst is also a mini therapy horse for Gentle Carousel.

Wow...just, wow

Wow…just, wow

If you’re thinking of dressing your horse up for Halloween, it seems there are a couple of different approaches. Some Internet-famous costumes are intricate custom jobs, while others are do-it-yourself modifications of blankets, polos, saddle pads, and other items you might have lying around the tack room. While we don’t advocate for one approach or another, there are probably a few things you should keep in mind as you dream up your horse’s get-up.

  • You can indeed paint your horse–just make sure those paints are washable and non-toxic
  • If your horse’s costume requires fluttering, excessively wide elements, it’s probably best to introduce those pieces to them well ahead of your parade or contest
  • Make sure you have good visibility in your costume, provided you’re also dressing up.
  • Keep an eye on that candy–while peppermints are fine for horses, the ingredients in other candies may or may not be safe for them to eat. Probably safest to keep them out of your Halloween basket altogether.
  • Give your horse LOTS of hugs and cookies for once again patiently putting up with strange human holidays.
Our equine model here really didn't need another ego boost about his looks, but the war bridle really sets off his features beautifully

Our equine model here really didn’t need another ego boost about his looks, but the war bridle really sets off his features beautifully

We can help you with part of your costume–our war bridle has a great dramatic look for uses in costumes and parades, although lots of our customers love using it every day, too.

Ready for battle!

Bayberry is ready for battle in her brand new war bridle. You may remember Bayberry as the winner of a recent tack giveaway contest with Two Horse Tack and the Behind the Bit blog. Doesn’t she look great?

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Congratulations to Bayberry!

You might be familiar with our Meet Our Breeds series, in which we introduce you to a few of our equine models and delve into their heritage. We’ve had the honor to

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meet a variety of horses, large and small, but the winner of one of our recent contests was a new one even for us.

Meet Bayberry, who is a Georgian Grande. Georgian Grandes originated in the 1970s when a breeder named George Wagner Jr. sought to bring heavier bone back into Saddlebreds of the era. Robert E. Lee’s horse Traveler is a classic example of the bigger, heavier type of Saddlebred of yesteryear. Today, the Georgian Grande is a Saddlebred crossed with a draft or Freisian. Bayberry’s sire was a Freisian, and her dam was a Clydesdale/Saddlebred. We think the result is pretty stunning.

Bayberry’s person Adrian began working with Bayberry when the mare was three years old, at which point she was still unbroke. She also didn’t lead, tie, or allow her feet to be picked up. Bayberry is now seven years old and she and Adrian are planning to do their first show this year!Bayberry3

Adrian and Bayberry have won a war bridle from Two Horse Tack and the Behind the Bit blog (if you haven’t already started reading this dressage blog, check it out here). This bridle is great for a bit of extra drama in the schooling ring or any sort of

Our equine model here really didn't need another ego boost about his looks, but the war bridle really sets off his features beautifully

Our equine model here really didn’t need another ego boost about his looks, but the war bridle really sets off his features beautifully

costume contest.

Congratulations to the Mighty Fergus

We think our war bridle looks great on most any horse, but we have noticed it is especially well-suited to those of our customers with draft blood. That’s why we were thrilled to learn that Fergus, the winner of our latest tack giveaway, is a Shire!Chillin

Fergus is three years old (just imagine how much bigger he’ll get!). He and his human Melanie have been working together since November. They are already hitting the trails, where we imagine Fergus is quite comfortable, and plan to fox hunt and ride in a few parades as he gets older. Fergus’ name comes from the Celtic name which means “strength.”

As if Fergus isn’t handsome enough by himself, we’re told that his favorite pasture buddy is a miniature donkey named Mr. Frodo (too cute!)

Congratulations Fergus, and we can’t wait to see you modeling your new gear!

This month, we will be giving away a halter bridle with snap-on browband! This versatile piece helps you go from the pasture to the trail in no time. Entering is easy–just fill out the form on our website and instantly get a $10 coupon!

We’re thankful for great help!

We're thankful for great help!

Sometimes getting great photos of our products means dealing with not-so-great weather conditions–a big thank you to the riders who help us out, especially with our snow scenes! It was a chilly one out there last week.

This is our medieval bridle, which adds dramatic flair to any horse’s ensemble but looks especially fantastic on our dressage model. Learn more about our medieval bridle here.

Congratulations to the winner of our war bridle!

Congratulations to the winner of our war bridle giveaway contest, Shelley S. and her horse, Sweet William!

SweetWilliam edited“Will” is a 9-year-old Clydesdale/Missouri Fox Trotter mix. Shelley tells us Will is “a total pocket pony” with a great sense of humor. After breeding Will, Shelley developed serious health conditions which required her to begin walking with a cane or walker when Will was two years old. She was relieved to discover that unlike her other horses, Will was unafraid of her cane and allows her to lean on him on their walks to and from the pasture.

We’re pleased to be able to outfit such a great companion with a fantastic new bridle. Congratulations, Shelley and Will!

Tack Giveaway!

Our equine model here really didn't need another ego boost about his looks, but the war bridle really sets off his features beautifully

Our equine model here really didn’t need another ego boost about his looks, but the war bridle really sets off his features beautifully

Who doesn’t love a good tack giveaway?

To help introduce our medieval / war bridle, we’ve got a fantastic promotion. Besides our $10 off for 10 days promotion, which comes to an end on Monday, you can now enter to win your own custom war bridle and matching reins!

Perhaps best of all there’s none of that pesky “Like our Facebook page and share this photo and tweet/fax/email everyone you’ve ever known about this” in order to enter. All you have to do is fill out the entry form here before Nov. 30 and you’re entered!

Hint hint: This bridle makes an excellent Christmas gift…and the holidays are just around the corner.

If the war bridle is a little too dramatic for your tastes, feel free to browse our other fantastic products.

$10 Off For 10 Days

Our equine model here really didn't need another ego boost about his looks, but the war bridle really sets off his features beautifully

Our equine model here really didn’t need another ego boost about his looks, but the war bridle really sets off his features beautifully

What’s the only thing better than a well-made piece of tack?

A well-crafted piece of tack that’s on sale!

Starting Friday through Monday, Nov. 25 our new war bridle will be $10 off. That’s 10 days of $10 savings, which we think is a great deal.

The war bridle is perfect for parades, costumes, or just about any horse with a flair for the dramatic.

This medieval-style bridle features a cross piece that runs down the forehead and splits in two before attaching to the top of the noseband, creating a “war horse” affect that really turns heads.

Like all of our bridles, the baroque bridle is fully adjustable ensuring a comfortable fit for any size of horse. The noseband & throatlatch are adjustable on both sides. The cheek pieces of bridle are adjustable on top as well as by bit. The faceplate is adjustable at top of crown piece.

Best of all, beta biothane is guaranteed not to crack, fade, or rot, and only needs a trip through the dishwasher or under the hose to come as clean as the day it arrived.

We also offer the war bridle with bling, or in leather for you traditionalists. The beta bridle comes in one- or two-color styles in a range of colors to be as flashy or discrete as the occasion requires. Check it out here.