1. Think about safety first
When it comes to your horse’s safety, you want the best. You need to make sure that you are taking proper precautions and buying equipment that will keep both of you safe.
It’s important that your saddle fits well and is made from good quality leather. The most comfortable saddles are made with high-quality leather in a tree shape that is designed specifically for each rider’s body type and weight distribution. If you have an ill-fitting saddle, it could cause pain or injury over time as the animal grows stronger and stronger under its new rider’s weight.
Similarly, if the bridle has incorrect sizing or poor quality hardware (such as snaps), this might cause injury over time because it pulls at certain points on the horse’s head too tightly while at rest during grooming or cleaning up after riding activities such as washing down after exercise sessions outside during warm weather months when flies may be present around mouth area due to sweating from exercise activity! It can also cause burns if not properly cleaned off afterwards with antibacterial soap before storing away again afterwards; otherwise bacteria builds up between layers of material which causes irritation upon contact with skin/hair later when worn again next time around!
2. Don’t skimp on quality
When it comes to supplies for your horse, you’re going to want quality. You don’t want to buy cheap products because they will break and cause injury to the horse. It may be tempting to skimp on price, but the best thing that you can do is buy one good saddle instead of two cheap ones. You also don’t have to go crazy with buying a bunch of new things right away either; it’s better if your tack lasts longer so that you don’t have to keep replacing it every year or two!
Quality products are often worth their cost in the long run because they last longer than cheaper versions. One good example would be an English saddle; these come in many different styles and designs but most importantly they protect both rider and horse from injuries during riding lessons or competitions alike!
3. Shop at a tack shop, not at a horse show or online
- Shop at a tack shop, not at a horse show or online. You’re here because you want to buy the best equipment for your horse and you know that professionals have the knowledge and experience to help you find what your horse needs. A tack shop is the place where it all happens.
- Have your list ready when you go into a tack store so they can help you narrow down your options based on what they have in stock, what’s popular right now, and even their personal favorites (trust me—they want to make sure you leave happy).
4. Try to find local shops, but you can buy online as well (make sure you try stuff on in person where possible)
There are many benefits to buying from local shops, including:
- you can try things on your horse in person and get a good idea of how they fit
- you might be able to get something custom made just for your horse, like a saddle or bit
However, there are also plenty of websites that sell reasonably-priced tack. Some even offer free shipping! If you do decide to buy online, make sure you have time set aside before the holidays so that you can return items that don’t work out.
5. Choose a shop where the staff is knowledgeable and friendly
- Choose a shop where the staff is knowledgeable and friendly
In any store, it’s nice to be greeted by friendly salespeople who are willing to help you find what you need. When you’re shopping for tack, however, finding someone who knows what they’re talking about can be especially important because there are so many options available and so much variation between brands. You want someone who can help you make the right choice for your horse! If a shop doesn’t have people on hand who know their products well—or at least has no way of contacting them—it may not be worth buying from them.
6. Save money by buying used (it often looks like new) or buying on sale
- Go to garage sales.
- Go to second hand stores.
- Go to horse shows.
- Buy from people who are selling their horses.
7. You don’t need to spend a fortune for quality; there are many brands that are affordable
There are many affordable brands that offer quality products. It’s important to realize that you don’t need to spend a fortune for quality; there are many brands that are affordable and will do the job just as well as their more expensive counterparts. Luckily, these days it seems like there is an infinite amount of ways to find deals on your tack. Whether you go with eBay, Amazon or Craigslist, you can often find good deals on used equipment from people who have upgraded their gear or simply no longer need what they bought.
If buying new doesn’t work for your budget, consider consignment shops in your area (or online). If all else fails and you’re stuck buying brand new tack at full retail price at an equestrian specialty store anyway…go ahead and splurge! The best way to ensure quality is by doing research beforehand so when it comes time to buy something expensive like saddle pads & blankets ($$$), check out reviews first! Find out who makes them and how they hold up compared with other options available before making any purchases.*
8. Keep your receipt and warranties tucked away in your tack room or saddlebag for easy access when needed or for resale if selling
- Keep your receipt and warranties tucked away in your tack room or saddlebag for easy access when needed or for resale if selling
If you are like most horse people, you have piles of receipts from all the gear you have purchased over the years. It is important to keep them organized so that when it comes time to sell your horse or tack, you can easily provide proof of purchase with the warranty information included on each one.
9. Be willing to spend money on quality bridles, bits, and saddles, but be prepared to buy cheaper boots, polos, and chaps – these items don’t need to be expensive but they do need to fit well and be comfortable for your horse
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10. Get an idea of what products cost so you aren’t easily tricked by bad deals or even scams (blog topic)
- When you’re shopping online, make sure to check the shipping cost. Some sellers will add a high cost of shipping, which makes their item look like a bargain when in reality it is not.
- If you are dealing with a large purchase, ask if they will take your payment in installments over several months.
- Check out the product reviews on sites like Amazon and eBay to see what other buyers think about their experience with that company or product line. You can also ask questions about particular products directly within an online forum or discussion board dedicated to that topic so that you get answers from real people who have used the product themselves (eBay lists “Ask Seller Questions” under each item description).
11. Buy only what you need; horses don’t need much so don’t go overboard!
- Buy only what you need; horses don’t need much so don’t go overboard!
You might be tempted to buy all kinds of fancy things for your horse, but keep in mind that they only need the basics to be comfortable and healthy. If you want to splurge on a couple of really expensive items, that is fine, but keep in mind that most of your money should go toward feed and vet bills.