Whether you are new to owning a horse or you have owned a horse for a while now, there is one piece of equipment that every horse owner needs above all else --a good horse halter. Horse halters are absolutely essential for everyday handling, grooming, etc, and if you've read our previous blog about horse halters, then you already know that they come in many styles and materials, including rope, leather and nylon. Picking a great horse halter is a great place to start, but it won't do you much good if it doesn't fit properly! That is why our experts have come up with these tips for fitting a horse halter:
Crownpiece- The crownpiece should fit snugly over your horse's poll. It should fit close to the back of your horse's ear, but it shouldn't be pressing into them.
Noseband- The correct placement of a noseband is equal distance between your horse's nostrils and eyes, and it should lie just under your horse's cheekbones. Ensure that the noseband isn't too loose or too tight. If you are able to place two or three fingers under the noseband, then it should be about right.
Throatlatch- The throatlatch should be placed directly under the head, right where the jowls and the neck meet. If the throatlatch is too tight, your horse won't be able to swallow or breathe, so ensure that you can fit three to four fingers under it.
Cheek pieces- The cheek pieces are properly placed if they are sitting parallel to your horse's cheek bones.
If you decide to go with a leather halter, keep in mind that they can become worn and stretched over time, so periodically check to see if it still fits properly.
If you are new to the horse world, or have never used a blanket..it can be difficult to figure it out! So many sizes and deniers. We have put together a beginners guide on fitting the correct blanket on your horse and making sure the blanket is heavy enough or lighter enough for your weather.Measuring [...]
A leather saddle is undeniably the best kind of saddle. Leather is beautiful and super comfortable, but no one would ever claim that it is low maintenance. How you care for your leather saddle directly correlates to how long your saddle will last. At Green Mountain Horse and Tack, we aren't just your typical horse [...]
Horse halters are so important. A halter sits on the sensitive part of a horse's head, right behind their ears, and if that halter doesn't fit well, it could cause pain or discomfort for the horse, which could cause the horse to resist or even fight. Finding the right halter will go along way to [...]
If you have a horse lover in your life, you need to know that we have more than just horse tack for sale in our online store! Take a minute to check out our gift section, filled with items that horse fanatics just can't live without. Books, jewelry, painted ponies, calendars, keychains...the list goes on and on! [...]
first horse is a big step, and making sure it is the correct move can be hard
to figure out. Just because you love horses doesn't necessarily mean that horse
ownership is right for you. We have put together a small list of things to take
a look at before you make that big purchase just to confirm that you [...]
In our online horse saddle shop, we make sure that our customers can find everything that they need, no matter what riding style they prefer. That's why we don't just carry Western tack--we have a full selection of English tack, too! From English Bits to English Style Girths, we have everything you need to equip [...]
If you are looking for horse tack for sale and love Professional's Choice brand products, you are in luck! And if you've never tried this top of the line brand, now is the time to try this high quality line of horse tack. That's because through the end of July, we're offering free shipping on [...]
Regular grooming helps to ensure that your horse is healthy and comfortable.
The first tip we have is to utilize your hoof pick every time before and after riding. This is essential, because it removes mud, manure, and rocks from the sole of the hoof and it helps prevent thrush, stone bruises, and long-term issues. In [...]
We all know how important water is to living things, so it’s only common sense that it would be important to horses; we all need water to live. However not a lot of thought tends to be given to just how important a healthy water supply is to a horse.
At the end of the day, [...]