We spend more time taking care of our horses than actually riding. Horses need to be cared for every day – all year – whether we ride or not. Sharon Jantzen shares tips and tools for saving time with barn chores to make the most of your riding time.
Everything had been planned, the time had been set aside, we each had a suitable horse/pony to ride, and we were looking forward to a fun, shared experience. As we planned the day a question ran across my mind, “Is the tack ride-worthy?” I checked the girth I thought we’d use with our saddle for the trail ride; it was missing a buckle! Sharon Jantzen gives us a checklist for making sure our tack is ride-worthy.
Nobody really knows what we’re in store for here on the Central Coast this winter, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to having the proper “winter wear” for your horse. Sarah Williams gets us started with a winter blanket checklist and introduces us to some new blanket options for this season.
I found myself muttering a few things frequently under my breath as we tacked up. “What is with all of these huge and heavy saddle pads?” was one of the things that I found myself saying the most. To understand why Sharon Jantzen taps into the knowledge of Best Ever Pads to discover the Fit, Function and Fun of the Western Saddle Pad.
So, for my “English” compatriots or newly-minted Western riders – or for a little chuckle from experienced “Westerners” – here’s my take on cinching up! Sharon Jantzen walks us through the steps of nailing the cinch tie.