Friday, August 29, 2014

Tucker Saddles Demo Program

We're proud to be the largest dealer of Tucker Saddles! And now we're proud to bring you a demo program that will help you test drive these world class trail saddles.

Currently in its infant stages, we've made our popular 149 endurance trail saddle available as a demo. You can learn more about this popular saddle HERE! More demo models will be coming soon.

There's no better way to know if a Tucker is the right fit for you than to test drive one on your own horse and your own time.

Take ours for a week, and Ride It Like You Own It!

Learn more about our Tucker Demo Program

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dog Days of Summer: Break out the saddle without tanning your hide.

Photo By: Flickr User CountryDreaming

Summer is here and it's HOT HOT HOT! It's one thing to know how to take care of your horse in the heat - it's another thing to know how to ENJOY your horse in the heat. Here are five things you can do to enjoy your best friend when the mercury starts rising.

  1. Hot summer temperatures can curtail your riding; however, you can still find the opportunity to be in the saddle during cooler morning and early evening hours as the day’s heat fades away. A world of wonders await you as Mother Nature wakes up as you enjoy the morning tranquility or you ride into the colorful evening sunset, listening to the cacophony of tree frogs and peepers while keeping an eye open for deer coming out to graze at dusk. 
  2. No summer pleasure can surpass the opportunity to swim with your horse. It is an opportunity for both of you to have fun and cool off together. Horses are natural swimmers and most enjoy the chance for some water fun. If you don’t have a lake to swim in, great fun can be had riding down a creek. A word of warning: Never ride your horse into deep water if you use a tie down, running martingale, or any other device that limits his ability to raise his head. 
  3. Prepare cool summer treats for your horses by placing fruit slices (apples, pears, oranges), carrots, broccoli, and peppermint candies into gallon-sized ice cream pails filled with water and then frozen. Bring these fun treats out and pop them out of the pail and watch your horses have fun trying to lick down to the treats.  Better yet, put the frozen treats in their water trough and watch your horses “bob” for the treats. Guaranteed to provide you hours of fun, as you sit in the shade with a tall glass of iced tea.
  4. Design a competitive trail riding course and enjoy getting your horse used to the different elements along the course. Even an hour’s worth of riding the course is fun and much less strenuous for your horse than spending all day on a trail ride. You may find out he’s a natural, and the practice will pay off if you decide to participate in an organized competition. 
  5. If your horse is personable and calm, enlist his services (and yours) in a therapy program for developmentally-challenged children or adults. The light riding will not over tax your horse and the big “take away” will be the smiles you see when these special folks establish a bond with your horse. Summer months are the busiest of times for therapy programs, and willing volunteers and quiet horses are always welcomed to help out. 

You don’t have to lie under the porch during the dog days of summer. Get out and have some fun!

(by: Darlene M. Cox)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Most Popular Saddles for Women

Need a saddle for a specific breed? Maybe a saddle to fit an odd confirmation? No problem. But when it comes to fitting a saddle for a specific gender, the saddle industry has fallen behind. It's no secret that women play a HUGE role in the equine community. From trail riding to barrels, roping to reigning and everywhere in between.

So we've put together a list of our most popular saddles for women. Enjoy. 

One of our most popular women's saddles to date, this Lady Flex is light, durable, and offers the support ladies enjoy on the trail. Fabtron saddles are made in the USA and this particular one features a flex tree along with long strings for all your trail gear. 

Crates has done a very nice job tailoring saddles specifically for women. This trail saddle features a strong fiberglass covered wood tree with a very narrow twist. We love the dropped C-plate rigging for a more balanced ride and less bulk under the jockey. 

This little gem is something you don't see everyday. A reiner made specifically for women. It features a narrow twist and butterfly skirt, providing less bulk and closer contact. You'll love the large border tooling and handmade craftsmanship. 

Yet another great ladies saddle from Crates, this lady trail saddle has a very short skirt, 4" cheyenne roll cantle, and long saddle strings. Adjustable rigging allows you to select the position that is appropriate for your horse. 

Last but not least, this Circle Y Julie Goodnight saddle rounds out our top five choices for ladies trail saddles. The Flex2 tree reduces weight and allows additional movement in the tips for your horse's comfort. Cutout skirts give riders the close contact feel their looking for. Designed and endorsed by Julie Goodnight for performance trail riding.

Most Popular Saddles for Short Backed Quarter Horses

When we think about the traditional western saddle, we picture large, square skirts, long strings, some tooling, and saddle bags. That's perfect if your horse can handle it. But we've seen a growing need for saddles, especially ropers, reiners, cutters, and ranch saddles for a short backed quarter horse.

Large square skirts are immediately out of the picture and we fall back on some tried and true options from our American made manufacturers. 

Check out our list of most popular saddles for short backed quarter horses!

1. Circle Y Omaha Flex Tree Saddle 1554

One of our best selling Circle Y Trail Saddles, the Omaha is designed with a short, round skirt to accommodate a shorter backed horse. Long stings and a padded seat make this ideal for the trail. The in-skirt adjustable rigging will allow you to choose the best position for your specific horse.

2. Fabtron Extra Wide Haflinger Saddle

You don't necessarily think "performance" when you hear the word "Haflinger" but this is another breed that has been an after-thought in the saddle making community. We've partnered with Fabtron to bring you this exclusive Haflinger saddle with a short, round skirt and extra wide Haflinger tree. The Cordura skirt and fenders keep this saddle light, making it a cinch to throw across your horse.

3. Circle Y Walnut Grove Flex2 Trail Saddle

One of our favorites, this Circle Y saddle measures a mere 26" long and comes in a regular or wide flex tree for a little more forgiveness around your horse's shoulders. It still retains the long strings, tooling, and wood stirrups that you'd expect on a traditional western saddle.

4. Cashel Trail Saddle

Made with the AXIS True Fit saddles tree, Cashel developed this trail saddle with the short backed horse in mind. The short, round skirt provides plenty of room for hit and hind-quarter clearance. An adjustable position in-skirt rigging allows you to choose the best rigging position for your horse. Long strings, a mild cantle, and tall cheyenne roll make this a great choice for the trails.

5. Tucker High Plains Trail Saddle 260

Available in either a full or round skirt, this is one of our best selling Tucker's. Designed on a solid tree with Tucker's signature seat padding and ground seat. Choose from four rigging options and four tree widths on this saddle - allowing you to customize it to your horse!