Equestrian And Horse News by BitsAndBridles.com
You may not have heard of Katherine Hooker over hear in the States, but she is a very fine coat maker. The likes of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, owns several of her coats. This black Friday, I received this email and it’s so beautiful I had to share:
Couldn’t these coats be seen in the show ring or schooling ring? (more…)
Western Saddle fit for the horse and rider
I am by no means a saddle fit expert much less a trained and certified Saddle Fitter. As a consumer I have often found buying the right saddle (often the price of a used car) and maintaining it to fit my horse so very frustrating and precarious. Is my horse being naughty because of saddle fit? As am amateur rider am I fitting the saddle for the right posture or do I need to work harder. We are always trying our best to compile articles for you and resources on saddles (and all on how all tack) should ideally fit. Again we are not professionals, just amateurs sharing articles we found helpful and informative. Hopefully by becoming a more informative consumer you will find this process less frustrating than we have. We started out doing our research and searching on Pinterest instead of Google. We were impressed with the results and hope you find them just as useful.
Article #1 on hows fit has effect performance:
- Western saddles, how fit effects performance
From Barrel Racing Tips.com and article: A Saddle Fitting Adventure with NFR Barrel Racer, Tana Poppino
“Thought that moving the saddle back, so as not to interfere with free movement of the shoulders, then lifting it with shims would do the trick (and not require that I buy a new saddle), but over time, the atrophy remained, and he continued to show soreness. My saddle didn’t seem to create any severe pressure points, but I concluded that it was just too narrow for my stout gelding. In an ocean of saddles that create discomfort for horses, Martin Saddlery was one of the first companies to deliver trees with wider gullets. I learned that gullet width isn’t the only thing to be concerned about, however. If the angle of the bars isn’t correct, or if the saddle “bridges,” (creates pressure at the front and back with a gap in the center) there can still be problems. It’s also possible for a saddle to be too wide, which can create it’s own set of problems.” (more…)
Announcing a series of articles we will start posting. The series will be all think from photos and pictures of horses and saddle fit (or tack fit) and the great articles they take you too.
Probably like you I go to Pinterest to look for ideas for parties, beautiful pictures of horses and much more. I recently started coming across images that have very information illustrations, videos or photos of saddle and tack fitting. Below is just one screenshots. It shows modern and medieval saddle parts. More about our obsession soon and the first article on English Saddle Fit – an Overview! (more…)
Here are some of the small businesses that use BitsAndBridles.com to Sell horse tack and saddles. We want to send them a big thank you! We are a small family owned business ourselves and believe in the huge value small businesses bring to our economy.
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and their communities.
We are proud to support Small Business Saturday and encourage everyone to shop at their favorite small businesses on Saturday, November 30th.
Here’s a list of stores that use BitsAndBridles.com to list and sell their inventory from saddles to tack and riding apparel. (more…)
So many posts this month, Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter for fun daily updates. How can’t horses and tack brighten your day?
Favorite October featured Classified Saddle Ad:
21″ cutback Rossi Y Caruso saddle – already sold by the end of the month!
Did you know we love to help your tack related events (such as tack Swaps) for free! Make sure to let us know about your Event
We love to list and help get the word out about Tack Swaps and Tack Sales. Here one in Northern California: http://ow.ly/q74L5
Horse Cartoon and “Funnies”
The Crowd Favorite for October (click the image to see the larger photo) (more…)
Hessian (from Hesse in Germany) refers to a style of boot that became popular in the 18th century. Initially used as standard issue footwear for the military, especially officers, it would become widely worn by civilians as well. The boots had a low heel, and a semi-pointed toe that made them practical for mounted troops as they allowed easy use of stirrups. They reached to the knee and had a decorative tassel at the top of each shaft. The Hessian boot would evolve into the rubber work boots known as “wellies” and the cowboy boot. (more…)
Guest Blogger: Carol M. Aldridge, Equine Office Solutions
Important Links about the history of the Wellie boot:
- The many styles being offered this fall in the US from the Wellie website (heights, colors, sole styles, &):
- The USA Wellington Button Site, the home page includes(1) Discover the Story: a 150+ timeline of the development and founding of the company, (2) Hunter Boots in the Press, (3) A Video how the boots are made, & (4) the 28 pieces that go into the good old fashion green Wellies we use at the barn. In addition to boots they sell Womens, Mens and childrens:
- The love of Wellie Boots as see on Pinterest
- Hunter Boots Pinterest Profile
- Searching Pinterest for Hunter (Wellie) Boots
In the last few years the Wellie boot by “Hunter” and suddenly the many colors it comes from are a fashion statement at the barn. (more…)
This post was inspired by a LinkedIn post by Carol M. Aldridge • called Charting A Course Through the Evolving Social Media Landscape.
I have to say it’s different for tack stores, online tack stores, website portal horse trainers and horse facilities, etc. I’m a web designer with equine clients and my own online tack shop. I won’t comment on equine web portals as I might be too close to the forest to see the trees on that one.
Here are some thoughts by Social Media and the Equestrian Industries (My response to Google Linked In Group for Equestrian Professionals):
- I think all benefit from Facebook and it’s really easy to use twitterfeed or hootsuite.com to have any content posted to Facebook auto-post Twitter.
- Twitter see above. Also horse trainers or any brand trying to gain a bigger audience and awareness of their brand will very slowly gain more followers and thus more awareness of their existence. I see clients having a jump in revenue after announcing sales (to really big) followings on Twitter and Facebook.
- Pinterest has worked well for tack related business, horse trainers, and trainers that mainly sell horses. Gets the name out there mostly (branding) but not so much instant sales. I think it happens occasionally. The name of the game for all of this is constantly posting fresh news, interactions and getting people to know you exist. (more…)
From Trish in California, congratulations on your story being the best:
The sun was shinning with a small breeze blowing though the trees taking me back to another day and place. We had all been so excited for the time to get here when we could spend time with friends and are beloved horses. The ride was a yearly trip that we all enjoyed. This year was the first time my friend could bring the daughter. As we saddled up the horses for a nice day on the trails her daughter had her lunch sitting on the trailer with in reach of her horse Mr. Doc. While she was anticipating a fun day on the trails Mr. Doc was anticipating her lunch. The next things we hear is a loud cry NO!! When we all turned around standing there are one very mad Danny and one very happy Mr. Doc with chocolate pudding all over his mouth lips smacking. If horses could laugh he would have joined the rest of us. Danny not to be out done by Mr. Doc turns straight faced to her mom and declares, mom Mr. Doc just ate your pudding. Thinking of this always makes me laugh and think of summer day’s good friends and fun times.