Prepurchase Exam

UV Protective Gear Tested

1. Kensington Protective Products UViator Protective Mask Blocking UV rays is what the UViator mask was made for and it does just that—it blocks up to 90% of them! Our tester popped this mask on a light-faced gelding for a…

Stirrups Put to the Test

1. American Equus Hunter EQ “FILLIS” Ultra-Light Stirrups Insanely grippy—as in, our tester’s horse spooked a few times and her feet didn't budge an inch—these stirrup irons have “traction pins” in the pad that are interchangeable, so you can customize…

Youth and Pony Products Put to the Test

1. SmartPak Soft Padded Leather Pony/Mini Halter A buttery halter perfectly designed for a pony (or mini)? Yes please! Our tester was immediately impressed by how supple this double-stitched halter was right out of the box—no additional oiling needed. The…

Winter Socks Tested

1. KERRITS HORSE PLAY WOOL SOCKS Our tester loved the new berry color that Kerrits came out with for their Horseplay Wool Socks—the artistically printed knee-high socks are designed like any other riding sock, but are a bit prettier, in…

Clippers Put to the Test

1. Wahl KM Cordless Clipper Say goodbye to searching for the closest outlet and annoying untangling; our tester was completely converted from corded to cordless with the Wahl KM Cordless Clipper! Two hours of cord-free run time gave these clippers…

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…

In This Issue

  • Making the switch from Jumpers to Hunters
  • Bullies at the Barn: Advice for When a Problem Arises
  • All About Abscesses

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