Thursday, 25 March 2010

Caring for your Tack Leather

Taking care of your tack can help to prolong its life, make it more comfortable for the horse and make it easier to use.

Here are some top tips to help you get the most out of your leatherwork:
  • Oil before use
  • If the leather is muddy, clean it first with warm water
  • Use good quality saddle soap after each use
  • Store in a cool, dry environment
  • If the leather becomes wet, allow it to dry slowly; 
    do not place over a radiator or in front of direct heat
  • Do not tie your horse up using the bridle reins.

For safety reasons, all leatherwork should be checked regularly.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

UK sporting country breaks with that WOW factor

Corks Creak Sporting Breaks recently launched a web site to advertise their expertise in putting together the perfect sporting break or holiday in the UK countryside.

With their geographical and sporting experience plus a growing network of contacts for hospitality / accommodation, fishing proprietors, shooting agents, qualified guides, ghillies, loaders and coaches, they will specialise in breaks and holidays with a maximum WOW factor – scenery and environment to allow the soul to breathe and the brain to relax.

According to Corks Creak Sporting Breaks founder, Paul Blackman:
"I started fishing at the age of four, fly fishing by the time I was twenty something. Fly tyer from several years after I started 'chucking fluff'. I have a long and varied past in field sports arenas.
"I started to arrange holidays for folk as a matter of courtesy about five years ago simply because I had the contact base to do so, and  I am that sort of bloke really."

Trekking, anyone?

Monday, 1 March 2010

The Running Martingale

The Martingale is the strap of a horse’s harness that connects the girth to the noseband and is designed to prevent the horse from throwing back its head.

Martingales are used by many riders, particularly when jumping and when riding young or strong horses. The Martingale helps to give that extra control by preventing the horse from raising its head beyond the point of control.

The most popular is the Running Martingale which separates into two straps with a ring at the end of each. The reins pass through the rings and evens the stability of the reins and bit and makes downward pressure on the mouth if the horse raises his head too high.

The Martingale has no effect on the horse if it is performing correctly and provides a neck strap for awkward moments. It also allows the rider to open the reins a little.

The Running Martingale is very commonly used in show jumping and cross country and is very popular with riders in general.

A problem can arise when some horses try to grab the straps of a Running Martingale in their mouths. In these instances an alternative Martingale might be used, such as a Bib Martingale.

The Bib Martingale will be covered in a future article together with details about Sliding Martingales.