Tack and Gear

Tack and Gear

Whether you've just started riding Western or are adding to your Western tack collection, choosing the right equipment for you and your horse can be daunting. Learn from Bud Lyon, Brad Barkemeyer, Amberley Snyder, Al Dunning, and Ken McNabb on the best western horse training tack and gear to keep safe while working with your horse.

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Tack and Gear
  • Romal Reins

    Bud Lyon discusses different types of romal reins.

  • Why Does He Play With His Bit?

    Does your horse play with his bit? Brad Barkemeyer offers his advice on what kind of bit to try.

  • How to Choose Cinch & Proper Cinch Adjustment

    Learn the different types of cinches from Brad Barkemeyer and how to properly adjust a cinch when you're preparing to ride.

  • Leg Protection: Front Boots

    Know when to use leg protection on your horse and learn how to properly use front sport boots with help from Brad Barkemeyer.

  • Kick Off Those Boots

    Brad Barkemeyer gives riders a tip on when to remove their horse's exercise boots.

  • Leg Protection: Rear Boots

    Sometimes you need to use back sport boots on your horse. Brad Barkemeyer breaks down when to use back boots and how to properly place them on your horse's legs.

  • How to Choose a Saddle Pad

    In the market for a new saddle pad? Ryan Rushing gives his preferences for choosing the right saddle pad.

  • Clean Your Tack

    Brad Barkemeyer shares why he likes a clean cinch and why cleaning your tack is so important to a safe ride.

  • Curb Strap Adjustment

    How should your curb strap fit? Brad Barkemeyer talks through how to adjust for leather and chain curb straps.

  • 3 Things a Saddle Pad Must Do

    Ken McNabb explains why a good saddle pad is critical to your tack's fit.

  • Bits: Correction Bit

    Bud Lyon discusses the next step in bit progression: a shank snaffle or correction bit.

  • Bits: Training Hackamore

    Bud Lyon answers questions about using a hackamore in his horse training program.

  • Bits: Spade Bit and Curb Straps

    What kind of bit should you use on a seasoned horse? Bud Lyon discusses spade bits and how they can be used with other pieces of tack, including curb straps.

  • Bits: Smooth Snaffle

    Bud Lyon talks through when he starts a young horse in a snaffle and what he likes in a good snaffle.

  • Bit Problem or Dental Problem?

    Do you have trouble finding a bit your horse likes? The bit may not be the issue. Brad Barkemeyer shares his recommendations.

  • Bits: Solid Port Bit

    Bud Lyon talks about bits for horses who are past the correction phase and what different port sizes can be used for.

  • What's a Bit's Purchase?

    Brad Barkemeyer discusses what a bit's purchase is and explains how leverage is applied.

  • When to Change Your Horse's Bridle and Why

    Brad Barkemeyer explains why he has a different bit/bridle set-up for each horse. He explains why he does this to avoid "riding the brakes" and making sure each bridle is fitted properly to match each horse's unique pressure points.

  • Why Does He Play With His Bit?

    Brad Barkemeyer explains what to change if your horse plays with the bit. He suggest a different type of bit and tack adjustments in this Q&A.

  • Picking Out the Right Cinch

    Learn what Ryan Rushing looks for when he's picking out what kind of cinch he wants to use with his horse.

  • Saddle Placement

    Learn proper saddle placement so your horse stays comfortable for the entire duration of your ride.

  • Saddle Pad Placement

    Where you place your saddle pad determines how your saddle fits your horse. Ryan Rushing shows you where he likes to place his saddle pad to ensure his horse stays comfortable during his riding session.

  • Saddle Pad Selection

    There are so many saddle-pad selections available, it's hard to know what to look for. Ryan Rushing goes over some of the saddle pads he likes to use, and why he uses them, to ensure proper saddle fit.

  • Headstall Adjustments

    Ryan Rushing shows you some basic headstall adjustments he makes to ensure his bridle fits his horse properly and the bit is in the proper place.