Horse Supplies Articles

Choosing a Saddle Pad that Works – 5 Star Saddle Pads

June 8, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I spoke with Jodie Mesko of 5 Star Saddle Pads about how to choose the appropriate saddle pad to fit the horse, saddle, and job being accomplished. We personally use 5 Star Pads and have found them to be long-lasting and of great quality. We have used other brands and ended up with thin areas, […]

Properly Storing Horse Gear: Part 1

June 5, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Storing gear the proper way can affect its lifespan and allow it to work for you for a long time. When using natural materials, like mohair cinches, wool pads, and horsehair mecates and get-downs, letting the fibers dry in the same shape as you would use them on your horse can extend the life and […]

Cowboy Gear

June 1, 2017
Jolyn Young

Cowboys from across the regions of the Western United States all sit in saddles and ride horses to work. But aside from those general similarities, the gear they pack with them all day can vary widely. After we moved to northern Arizona from northern Nevada, my husband discovered that cowpunchers carry a LOT more supplies […]

Foals; Care and Supplies

May 17, 2017
Jessie Salter

When it comes to foals there can be many ups and downs. As horse owners, we can’t help but worry when it comes to foaling. However, most of the time Mother Nature does a great job, and mares and foals are happy and healthy with no assistance from us. These are the kinds of mares and […]

Organizing a Living Quarters Trailer

May 8, 2017
Jenn Zeller

I’ve been on the road a lot this Spring, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon! We thought it would be fun to share with you how to organize your Living Quarters Trailer. Or at least I can share with you how I organize mine. I haven’t yet, sadly, figured out the easiest way to […]

How to tie an Alamar Knot

April 27, 2017
Savanna Simmons

The alamar knot is one of the prettiest I know and is commonly seen among buckaroo crowds. It is used as a way to tie your get-down rope on a horse that is straight up in the bridle. The entire length of your rope can be tied into the alamar knot, or if there is slack […]

Cowboy Skills: Dallying

April 26, 2017
Jolyn Young

“Take your turns!” “Go to the peg!” “Go to the wood!” These are all creative cowboy ways of saying “Dally!” To many ropers, dallying is as important a skill as catching. Unless you’re using a horn knot and tying off like a Texan or Southwest cowpuncher, you’ll need to stop the roped animal somehow, and […]

A New Horn Wrap

April 9, 2017
Rachel Larsen

If you rope, eventually you will need to replace your horn wrap to preserve the integrity of your saddle.   I learned to rope on a “slick” horn, with leather rather than a rubber horn wrap.   It is a matter of personal preference, I am most comfortable with a mule hide wrap.  Which incidentally is not “mule” […]

Protect your horse from rocks, cactus and other poky things with cheap and easy denim bell boots

April 6, 2017
Jolyn Young

Since moving from northern Nevada to northern Arizona last fall, we have picked up on some handy tricks used by the local cowboys to cope with the rugged terrain. One of the major differences between the sagebrush desert of the Great Basin and the rough mountainous desert of the Southwest is the enormous amount of […]

Ranch Horse Tack Hacks

March 30, 2017
Jolyn Young

If you Google “tack hacks,” you’ll discover that most of the ingenious solutions apply to English riders. What the heck? We western riders also have cool ideas to solve everyday tack problems in a pinch! The West wasn’t settled by flat-saddle riders wearing velvet helmets; cowboys and girls are a resourceful bunch known to make […]