Prepurchase Exam

Equestrian Backpacks Tested

1. Grand Prix Rider’s Backpack For carrying everything from your horse’s medical papers to your helmet to your crop, this bag is a staple—look around a horse show and you’re sure to see a few Grand Prix Rider’s Backpacks. Made…

Bits and Accessories Tested

1. Herm Sprenger Duo Bit Calling all super sensitive-mouthed horse owners, this one is for you! Made of a soft, bendable plastic, our tester found the Herm Sprenger Duo bits to be perfect for her fussy gelding. The straight but…

Leather Care Essentials

1. Sterling Essentials Leather Cleaner and Leather Conditioner Our tester found that this tack cleaner and conditioner is perfect for your everyday cleaning jobs. With a fine mist that can be easily applied to a towel and then effectively to…

Trail Riding Gear

  1. Cashel Quiet Ride Fly Mask For some horses, just a fly bonnet isn’t enough when riding. Enter, Cashel’s Quiet Ride Fly Mask. Made of a fine nylon mesh that is softer and more flexible than a traditional fly…

Protective Gear

1. SmartPak Polo Wraps Coming in multiple colors, as a pack of four, and at a very wallet-friendly price, we think these polo wraps from SmartPak are a great addition to anyone’s tack trunk. Our tester loved the super soft,…

Horse Show Grooming Gear

1. Absorbine ShowSheen At every horse show, you are bound to see a bottle of ShowSheen in just about every trailer, and for good reason. As the final touch in grooming, this polish and detangler has become a staple in…

Half Pads Tested

1. Invictus Necesse Pad Our tester was a big fan of this Invictus half pad—the thin, flexible, and lightweight design protected her horse’s back without adding bulk! She also loved how supportive the pad was while still allowing her to…

Winter Riding Wear

1. Roeckl Roeck-Grip Winter Gloves These gloves are the perfect middle ground for those who want to keep their hands warm without sacrificing feel! Made with Roeckl’s classic Roeck-Grip material that keeps your reins from slipping through your fingers, these…

Footwear for the Farm

1.Ovation Moorland Boot Having the perfect fit while still being versatile and stylish is hard to come by in boots, but our tester found that Ovation’s Moorland Boot meets all of these needs. They are perfect for barn chores to…

Mind Your Melon

Troxel ES While Troxel has many helmet styles to choose from, the ES is a modern choice due to its attractive and show-appropriate micro-suede material. With vents subtly placed under a mesh centerline, our tester had airflow consistent from visor…

In This Issue

- Flatwork to Improve Your Horse over Fences
- How Exercising in Cold Weather Affects Horses
- A Cross-Country Jumping Primer
- Tips for Staying Mentally Healthy in College

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