Tack and Saddle Shops: Your Local Directory
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This section: Find local tack shops of all types. While some specialize in discount saddles or supply, others cater very specifically to upper level riders, competitors or professional trainers. Whether you're in the market for a custom dressage saddle, pink barrel racing tack, or just browsing for real deals, you'll find the best tack shop for you and your horse. Here are two examples:
Q: How would I find a horse tack sale in Baltimore, MD?
A: You can locate western and english saddle shops running specials, perennial discounts or the occasional fire sale with our nationwide listing of local tack stores. Find a shop offering "second hand dressage saddles," for instance, plus an online, interactive map (including driving directions right to the store), by clicking on "By Your Location" (left), then "Baltimore" (naturally).
Q: I'm a header, sometimes heeler. How would I locate roping tack in Abilene, TX?
A: Team roper or calf roper? New or used? Discount or custom? For men, ladies, adult or youth? Billy Cook or Tex Tan? No matter. Thousands of stores are listed here online and you'll easily find a local saddlery (and maybe your next calf roping saddle) by visiting the appropriate link (in the listing of states below).
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Foal Training Explained: The First Two Years
Mare owners, if you'd like to get your colt or filly started out with a proper foundation, I would suggest the investment of $5.99 in my foal-training course.
- Download and print from your home computer
- 5 days, 5 chapters
- Learn at your own pace
An excerpt from "Your Foal: Essential Training for the Young Horse":
Finally, you'll take up your "bucket of scary things" and use them to run through the same process you just did with the whip. Your hands will be the least scary objects, so begin by petting your horse where you can. Pet, retreat, relax, repeat, as described above. Be careful to always begin with an area where the horse stands relaxed (maybe his back, maybe his shoulders) and to move from there to the new spot (like his back legs). Remember to stand safely at the point of his shoulder when practical. When the horse will stand there, his head dropped and neck relaxed, a soft and bored look in his eyes, you can move on to the next object. Maybe the brush or hoof pick to follow up your hands. Rub the hoof pick all over the horse till he's bored silly. The more objects you add in, the easier your "most scary object" will eventually be. When you work with objects that can be folded (towels, plastic bags, saddle pads), start with them folded and work like that till the horse stands relaxed – then open the object progressively until it no longer gets a rise out of him. Don't forget to thoroughly desensitize those ears with each object before moving to the next. Repeat this entire process until you can swab his entire body with your most scary object (like an unfolded saddle blanket or crinkly plastic bag). Also, make it a point to scratch or rub them in spots that they like to be scratched and rubbed, like the base of their necks, their withers and above their tails. Maybe it’s silly, but I think this added effort goes along way to them seeing me as something positive rather than some guy who always seems to mean work. (And make it a point to stop and pet your colt with each and every feeding. If you think about it, that's a lot of petting invested over the years, a lot of good will and a good habit to get into.)
Other available courses include:
Stop Bucking (reviews)
Round Pen: First Steps (reviews)
Rein In Your Horse's Speed (For Owners of Nervous or Bolting Horses) (reviews)
Trailer Training (read the reviews)