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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Horse tack

Why do you need the right horseback riding equipments? Proper equipments take more than just control over a horse. Indeed, they make riding safer and more enjoyable too.

Whether you ride a horse for work, fun, or for sports, you need to have reliable horse riding equipments to avoid any undesired consequences.

Here are some of the basic equipments that you need, whether you are taking riding lessons, enjoying your horse riding holidays, or you are a big fan of dressage riding. Dive into each word in this article to make sure that you will have a safe-sport.

Item (1): Bridles

Bridles are items that should be placed on the horse's mouth. With reins, they help to guide the horse to move forward in whatever direction you want. It is recommended that you use a type of bridle that your mount had grown comfortable with to make steering the horse easier.

Item (2): Reins

The reins, used along with the bridle, are used to guide the horse's head to steer it to your desired direction.

In this context, you should use high quality reins because cheap and low quality reins could break more easily. As a result, you will no longer be safe while riding.

Item (3): Saddles

The saddles, placed and fastened on the horse's back, would make the ride on your mount more comfortable. Western saddles are more popular to use than English counterparts because Western saddles have deeper seats and sturdier stirrups.

In addition, they also have a horn that you could grab on when the ride becomes more difficult to handle.

Item (4): Stirrups

Stirrups help you in guiding your mount using your legs. In addition, they help to fasten your feet as you ride so your knees grip the horse's sides.

It is recommended that you use stirrups, which own suitable length to your size.

Item (5): Crops and whips

These items are used to reinforce control and command over the horse, if regular guiding with the reins and stirrups are not enough.

But crops and whips are optional in horse riding, and, if they are indeed used, they must be used wisely so as not to hurt the horse too much.

Rest assure that all of these items are already available in horse riding stables and horse farms. However, I would strongly advise you to consult your instructor first before buying anything.

Adding to this, do not make the mistake like others who care too much about the optic. Rather, you should check first whether these equipments offer you the needed safety, or not.  Here, it is worthwhile to mention that you can also find horse riding equipment designed for children.

By Asem Eltaher

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