The Care and Keeping of Your Horse’s Tack
by Karen Pickering
It’s time to break out the saddles, bridles and equipment so we can ride! This issue focuses on tack and equipment and in a lean economy it’s wise to focus on taking better care of the tack we have. If we want longevity out of our gear we need to clean it, repair it and be sure it fits our horses properly. One of my friends, Shelly DeBoer, carries a bottle of leather cleaner in her horse trailer and wipes down her saddle before every use. Wow, that’s a commitment. Many years ago, in horsemanship college, we cleaned our gear after every use, preserving it for a lifetime. When I went to sell my English saddle after 20 years of storage it was still in pristine condition. It’s sad to say, but I’m no longer as good about keeping my leather clean and conditioned. Time to get back on track!
It’s easy to get caught up in what’s most convenient. For instance, I use leg boots to protect my mare when working cattle; they’re easy to put on and take off. But…. neoprene sweats. Another friend has gone back to polo wraps because they seem to be much cooler on the horse. I’m wondering what you use on your horse? Even if you trail ride it helps protect their legs when climbing over rocks and logs. Send me an email and let me know what type of leg protection you use on your horse—do you choose what’s more convenient or would you consider polo wraps?
June 22nd I head “north to the horse” and the Great Alaska Horse Expo. I can’t wait to see the majestic scenery on the trip up. The expo will be held in the small town of Ninilchik at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgounds. If you’re ready for a fantastic northern adventure visit www.greatalaskahorseexpo.com* and come visit our region’s newest expo! Read the cover story on page 6 for details. Summer is a busy time, bustling with activities and outdoor adventures, so enjoy the summer season and remember to ride!
Quote of the month: “Your greatness is measured by your horizons” ~Michelangelo
*This website was no longer active at the time this article was added to the website in 2018.
Published June 2012 Issue