How often do you find wasted hay strewn around your horse’s stall or blown away in the turnout arena? Does your horse dunk their hay and leave the leftovers in their water buckets? If you’re frustrated by your horse wasting their feed, the Slow Feeder Saver is your solution.
The Slow Feeder Saver is made of durable molded plastic with a removable steel feeding grate. It is large enough to hold an entire day’s worth of feed and puts your horse in a natural grazing position. It slows down the rate of feeding and therefore dramatically reduces the risk of colic. The hole at the bottom makes for easy cleaning. It has a 3 year limited warranty.
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Spring is just around the corner and so is your riding season. It’s time to take inventory and organize all of your everyday work tack. Follow this spring checklist to start your riding season off on the right foot!
Cleaning and conditioning your equipment is essential to preserving the integrity of the leather, giving it suppleness, strength and longevity. When equipment is taken apart, it should also be inspected, making sure all hardware is in working order and functioning properly and the leather is pliable and free of cracks. Many times a small defect can be repaired. Other times you may need to look at replacing your equipment. We have a large selection of work and show tack to fit any budget, as well as great deals this month to prepare you for spring riding.
Don’t wait until fly season has sprung to invest in fly protection. The surest way to deflect flies is to invest in a quality mask and sheet. We have a variety of durable fly sheets and matching masks at economical prices. And don’t forget to check out a new line of all natural fly repellant bands from Fly Armor – just Velcro the bands to your tack when you need them and never mess with spray bottles again.
It’s time to clear the clutter. One day spent organizing your tack room will save so many headaches when you have work to do later. We have an entire line of Easy-Up® products to help get the job done. From saddle racks to bridle hooks to blanket bars to shelving units, we can assist you in organizing all of your essential items, whatever your budget.
Horsemen deserve the best. Horse ownership is a 24/7 job in every type of weather. As we begin the transition into spring, our boots become more important than ever. We want to stay warm and dry as we do barn chores, lunge horses or stand at the rail and cheer on our friends. Schneiders’ stylish collections of waterproof and comfortable rain, work and barn boots withstand the rigors of daily work.
Ariat Terrain Lacers have long been a customer favorite. These great everyday boots are stirrup and spur friendly and are also available in the Terrain H2O waterproof style. Featuring full grain leather and moisture wicking lining, they are as comfortable as they are durable. We offer these boots in ladies and mens sizes.
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A helmet is only as safe as it fits. A good helmet fit is essential when riding. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your new helmet is effective in the event of a fall.
Step-By-Step to a Great Fit
1. To properly size your helmet, measure the circumference of your head by placing a measuring tape around your head and roughly one inch above the eyebrow. Different helmet manufacturers have different sizing, so consult the size chart for the particular helmet that you are purchasing. Also consider how you will wear your hair in your helmet. If you are planning on wearing your hair up inside the helmet, allow room for this when choosing a size.
2. When you receive the helmet, place it on your head without fastening the harness. If applicable, adjust the dial on the back of the helmet.
3. Make sure the brim is resting no more than one inch above your eyebrows. Gently try to move the brim up and down. If your eyebrows move, your helmet fits correctly from front to back.
4. Next, shake your head side to side, to the left and to the right. The helmet should remain in place.
If either of these tests result in movement, you will want to drop down a size. If the helmet seems to be “perched” on top of your head, you will want to consider moving up a size.
Replacing Your Damaged Helmet
If you fall and your helmet takes an impact, contact the manufacturer to have it inspected. The material inside is designed to absorb impact – once this has happened, the effectiveness of the helmet is compromised. Many helmet manufacturers will replace a helmet that has suffered an impact for less than retail if within several years from the original purchase date.
Helmet Safety Certifications (ASTM and SEI)
On most equestrian helmets, excluding hunt caps that are designed as traditional apparel rather than for safety, you will see ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) and SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) certifications. Most equestrian competitions require that helmets be approved by these associations to be show legal. Many equestrian helmet vendors, like Troxel or GPA, only manufacture helmets that meet these criteria. Always confirm these certifications, both to ensure that the helmet has undergone testing for safety and that the helmet is show legal.
Finding the Right Helmet for You
Equestrian helmets come in many different styles to suit many different applications. A helmet you will be trail riding in will look much different than one you would show in. Most people can use one helmet for both. Helmets suitable for show, however, tend to be more expensive. English hunt seat riders prefer “skunk” style helmets, such as GPA’s like this one, or velvet covered helmets like this one from IRH. Many trail riders prefer helmets like this one from Troxel because of increased ventilation for summer rides. Asking your trainer is a great first step when deciding which helmet style is right for you. Your local tack shop may also be able to help.
We hope this information has been helpful to you! Be sure to check out sstack.com for our wide selection of riding helmets, tack and apparel.