Brush and grooming supplies.
These include grooming supplies, such as brushes and combs. For example, a brush that’s too rough for your horse might irritate its coat, making it more prone to dirt buildup. Similarly, a comb with too many teeth might be difficult for your horse to use. The most important thing to look for in grooming supplies is durability and quality. And of course–price!
A bit with the right fit is also important. A bridle or halter should fit both the horse’s head and your hands comfortably while still providing you with some control over its movement. Your saddle should be fitted so that you can ride comfortably without injuring yourself or your horse. You want something sturdy and well-made that will last a long time!
Saddle and harness
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Bits and bridles
A bit is a mouthpiece that fits inside the horse’s mouth, and it is attached to the bridle. There are many types of bits―some go across the palate and others are ported or loose-jointed. The right bit will fit comfortably in your horse’s mouth. Your horse should be able to chew without discomfort, and you shouldn’t have trouble putting the bit in his mouth or removing it later. You can find bits at most tack shops, but if you want a custom bit made for your horse, that may require a special order from the farrier or veterinarian.
Bits work in conjunction with a bridle. A bridle has leather straps that attach to the ends of the bit―they allow you to guide your horse when riding him by holding onto these straps. You can get an inexpensive bridle at any tack shop, but if you’re looking for something higher-end, you’ll need to check out specialty stores for leatherwork.
Boots, wraps, and more
Now that you’ve got your horse set up with comfy new shoes, it’s time to get her some good-looking protective boots. There are many styles, shapes, and brands of boots on the market, so it’s important to know what to look for when purchasing them.
Let’s start with shape. Are you looking for a four-strand bell boot? A splint boot? Or maybe a skid boot. These terms may seem intimidating at first—but don’t worry! The first thing to do is determine the needs of your horse: is she an active jumper? If so, then you’ll want splint boots that extend far enough up the leg and offer ample padding and protection. Does she tend to shy away from other horses or objects? Then you should consider skid boots instead as they’ll help protect her legs better if she startsle herself kicking up behind while running in the field.
Next let’s talk about quality. Boots range in price from around $20 all the way up into hundreds of dollars (particularly if they’re custom made). As a general rule, I’d say that more expensive options tend to be worth their price in terms of comfort for your horse and durability over time—but there are also some great mid-range options as well depending on what material and style best suits your needs!
These have a huge impact on your horse’s well-being
- show your horse to new people
- be a good role model for your horse, and don’t let them do things you wouldn’t do
- make sure your horse has access to clean water – never leave it in the sun to get hot
- make sure your horse is always groomed properly, which includes clipping their nails, brushing their coat and mucking out their stall
- make sure that if you are leading a group ride on your horses that they go at a comfortable pace, use the right tack, and pay attention to where they are going
- assure that when riding they are handled correctly – prevent pulling on the reins or leg pressure