Stephanie at Hand Gallop asks:
It’s fun to try new stuff and experiment with the latest goodies, but I’m curious to know what your every day tack setup is like.
Maybe it’s because I mainly focus on hunters, and by nature they are pretty boring…but I am the epitome of boring in almost every way. (it’s kind of sad.) On my plain bay mare with limited white, we rock:
My tried and true Devoucoux saddle.
It fits O really well, and I’ve loved it for years. Sadly, there are some concerns about my knee flaps being forward enough (legs=too long with shorter stirrups), but it probably won’t be an issue until we move up more. Or at least I hope so.
O goes in a super simple, cheapy white foam bump pad. I tried a few wither pads, including the beval pad I loved for years. Sadly she goes best in Mr. Boring Foam Pad. Jealous? Buy your own here!
And on her cute face, we have one of two options available.
The favorite child: Bobby’s English Tack Raised Fancy Stitched Snaffle Bridle, find it here. Bobby’s has a great rep around my stable, and I can see why! Since I’ve used mine mainly for show or the occasional lesson it hasn’t gotten a ton of use, but the leather was soft upon purchase and I love the look and feel. Oh and the reins, something about the reins I love.
The worker bee (aka schooling bridle): Picked up an HDR fancy stitched bridle on the cheap last year and we’ve been hacking and riding in it every since. It is a great buy for a basic, working bridle, and I actually really like the way it fits on her larger face.
There’s a variety of saddle pads that get rotated through, and a cheapy girth that I picked up in college when I was at the eating ramen every day stage of broke. Like I said, we are thrilling over here in Hunterland!
Next post is lots of photos and updates from O’s time at the ranch! Sneaky preview….