Ah, Equipment and Tack!

Where most of the Groom's time is spent!  Keeping up with styles, care, fit, and organization is a full time job by itself.  


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8 Uses For a Yoga Mat at the Barn!

Sometimes you need a little yoga in your life, and sometimes you need a yoga mat at the barn - not just for yoga. Lots of ways to reuse a yoga mat.

How to Clean Your Horse's Sport Boots

Horse sport boots come in dozens of designs and fabrics and materials - each with their own set of cleaning instructions.

Let Your Dishwasher Clean Some of Your Horse Stuff

Why not save some time and let your dishwasher do the dirty work of cleaning some tack and barn tools?

Does Your Horse Need Earplugs?

An introduction into using ear plugs for horses.

Laundry Tips - Get all of your horse gear sparkling!

Tips on how to make doing "horse laundry" easy!

The Many Uses Of ZIP TIES At The Barn!

No horse person should be without duct tape, bailing twine, and zip ties.

Battle Of The Bugs While You Are Riding - Don't Get Eaten

How to battle flies and bugs when you and your horse are trailblazing!

Picking The Right Fly Sheet For Your Horse!

Shopping tips for picking the right horse fly sheet.

Tips for Picking the Best Horse Grooming Brushes

Some things to think about when you are staring at the huge selection of horse grooming brushes.

The Cactus Cloth - Horse Grooming Wonder Tool

Behold the many uses of the insanely durable cactus cloth!

Your Horse Trailer's Windows - Safe or Not?

How you can make your horse trailer's windows the safest for your horse.

Tools to Help Your Horse Shed

When you are battling a shedding horse, come prepared with the right grooming tools!

Reuse Your Horse's Quilts Around the Barn!

There are many ways to reuse a lot of things at the barn - including your horse's leg quilts!

How to Secure Your Horse's Hay Net Safely!

Tips for securing your horse's hay net in a tub, or by hanging.

How To Save Your Horse Blankets That Are Not Waterproof Anymore

The easy task of re-waterproofing your horse's blankets!

The Best Brush To Have In Your Grooming Kit - The Stiff Nylon Brush

Loads of reasons to love a stiff nylon grooming brush! Even if your horse doesn't appreciate it.

How to Pick a Lead Rope For Your Horse!

Some things to consider when you are picking a lead rope for your horse!

How to Shop For a New Horse Blanket

How to decipher the lingo that comes with shopping for a horse blanket - stable vs. turnout, denier, fill, you name it!

How to Stay Cool Under Your Horse Riding Helmet

Sometimes you just feel like your brain is baking in your riding helmet! Some tips on how to cool off.

What to Pack For a Horse Vacation!

Most horse people can't go a day, let alone a week, without a horse. So what do you pack for your vacation, where there will be horses?

Tack Trunk Organizing and Cleaning

Ideas for cleaning and organizing your horse's tack trunk!

How to Dress Your Horse For a Trailer Ride!

Ideas on how to properly dress your horse for a trailer ride - from hooves up!

Tips For Buying Used Horse Tack!

Save some dough and shop for used horse tack and grooming supplies! Some handy tips for making things easy.

Cleaning Your Rubber Reins!

The best ways to clean your rubber reins!

Hay Net Safety

How to pick and use the best hay net for your horse!

The Saddle Pad and Saddle Placement Guide!

How and why to place your horse's saddle pad into the gullet of the saddle!

Yard Tools to Have at The Barn!

A quick trip to the hardware store for a few tools can make your barn chores super easy!

Clean And Store Your Horse Clippers Properly!

Easy steps to clean and store your clippers and clipper blades.

How to Blanket Your Horse Without Getting Tangled

The safest way to blanket your horse!

Is it Time For a New Halter?

When to repair or replace your halter!

Tools You Need to Properly Lunge a Horse!

A handy list of stuff to use while lungeing a horse!

Does Your Horse Need a Grazing Muzzle?

How to decide if your horse needs a grazing muzzle, and a few things to thing about when you use one!

Clean Your Horse Trailer!

Ideas on how to effectively and efficiently clean your horse trailer! Fun times!

Trailering Somewhere? Reduce Travel Stress on Your Horse with These Tips!

Make a trailer ride with your horse safe and stress free!

Remove That Horse Hair From Your Coolers, Pads, and Blankets!

Some ideas on how to remove that super sticky horse hair from all of your horse clothes!

Deal With a Squeaky Saddle!

Tips and tricks for dealing with a squeaky saddle for your horse!

What's in Your Horse's "Go Bag"?

In an emergency situation, when you and your horse need to get out of dodge, be sure to have his "Go Bag" ready to trailer with you.

Does your Saddle Need Flocking or Adjustment?

How you can tell if your saddle needs adjustment or re-flocking?

Tack Cleaning Tools!

The best tools for getting your horse's tack pro Groom clean!

Laced Leather Reins - the Ultimate Tack Cleaning Challenge

How you can best clean and condition leather laced reins!

What To Do If You Have a Horse Trailer Emergency and You Can't Find Steffen

A handy reminder of some great tools to have in your trailer, in case of emergency.

Clean Your Webbed Reins!

Easy ways to clean your horse's webbed reins, both the leather parts and the fabric webbing! No fuss, no muss!

The Case for Horse Sport Boots over Polo Wraps

Why, on some occasions, I reach for horse sport boots instead of polo wraps while grooming and tacking up!

The Scoop on Horse Jammies, Hoodies, or Undies

The pros and cons of using horse jammies, hoodies, or undies on your horse!

Leather, Nylon or Rope - How to Choose a Halter!

Ideas on how you can best choose a halter for your horse!

Cross Ties, Hitching Posts, and Tie Rings - Your Pick!

The many ways you can tie your horse, and how to make it safer!

The Many Uses of Diapers at the Horse Barn

Ideas on what you can do with diapers! No horse barn or first aid kit should be without them.

Tips for Breaking in a New Pair of Riding or Paddock Boots

Forget blisters and limping around - easy ways to break in paddock and horse riding boots!

The Case for Polo Wraps Over Sport Boots

Instances in which you may want to reach for polo wraps instead of your daily sport boots!

How To Decide What Blanket To Use And When To Use It!

Guidelines for using blankets on your horse!

Rescue a Wet Saddle and Bridle

How you can rescue a wet saddle and bridle to avoid water damage!

How to Make Your Own Saddle Cleaner

Easy ways to make your own saddle cleaner for your horse's tack!

Breaking in a New English Saddle

How to turn a brand new saddle into something that you and your horse will be comfortable in!

Packing Grains and Supplements for Horse Shows

How you can pack supplements and grains for horse shows without bringing the whole feed room with you!

Long Term Storage for Your Tack and Supplies

Best practices for long term storage of your horse tack and grooming supplies!

The Basics of Stall Chains and Stall Guards

How Grooms can use stall chains and stall guards safely around their horses!

How to Store your Horse Blankets for the Summer

Step by step ideas for getting your horse blankets ready for storage!

All about Buckets

Buckets have almost as many uses as twine or duct tape at the barn. Here's how to use them safely.

Turn Out for Turn Out!

A few ideas on the best way to dress your horse for turnout.

Between a Tweaked Shoe and the Farrier - What to do!

What you can do between a tweaked or pulled shoe and the farrier returning to tack the horseshoe on for you!

Saddle fit for Humans!

What to consider when you are shopping for a saddle - how to be sure it fits you!

Does Your Horse's Saddle Fit?

A quick checklist of things that can tell you that your horse's saddle doesn't fit.

Defeating Mold and Mildew in Your Tack Room

The basics on how mold/mildews work, and what horse owners and Grooms can do about it around the barn!

Cleaning and Storing Western Saddle Pads

How easy it can be to wash and store western saddle pads!

Cleaning Wool Coolers

The easy steps to cleaning your horse's wool items, like coolers!

Fly Masks

The many uses for, and options for, fly masks for your horse!

Warming up the Bit for Your Horse

Some easy ways to make the bit more appealing for your horse when it's cold!

Buckles and Snaps

The best practices for using buckles and straps around the barn!

The Basics of Coolers

The versatility and convenience of using coolers to help your horse stay comfortable explained!

Fitting your Bit!

Checklist of thinks for Grooms and horse owners to consider when fitting bits!

Checking for fly sheet and blanket fit

How Grooms and horse owners can make sure their fly sheets and horse blankets fit properly and safely.

Tools and Hardware and Stuff at the Barn

What Grooms and Owners can have on hand in the toolbox to make their jobs easier!

Cleaning Elastic and Hook/Loop Closures

How Grooms can clean the weird parts of tack - hook/loop closures and elastic!

Inspect the Inside of your Trailer

Steps to take for Grooms and horse owners to prepare the inside of the trailer before a trip!

Your trailer as storage!

How you can use your trailer to store some off season or extra items.

Suede and Patent Leather Cleaning!

How Grooms can clean those weird pieces of leather - suede, piping, and patent leathers!

Bell Boots

How Grooms can choose the right pair of bell boots for their horse.

Boots for your Horse!

Grooms have many options when it comes to booting up their horses! Here's an intro into some types of boots!

Inspect your tack!

Grooms need to be sure the tack they use is safe, clean, and supple. Here's what to look for when safety checking your tack!

Packing for a trail ride

When you are hacking or hitting the trail, don't leave home without these items!

Tack Trunks

Lots of options for tack trunks!

Cleaning Synthetic Tack

Not all tack and tack pieces are leather - here's how to clean!

Fitting a Snaffle Bridle

Guidelines on how to properly fit and adjust a snaffle type bridle.

Picking and Fitting a Halter

The best ways to pick and fit a halter.

Showing in the Rain.

Some ideas and tips to help you get through showing in the rain. It's not fun, but you can make it easier!!

Setting Up a Grooming Stall at Shows

For most horse shows, you have a dedicated Grooming stall. Here are some ideas on how to set it up!

Worn out at the barn and taken home!

Sometimes, we can use some barn supplies at home. What do you steal from the barn and bring home?

Stolen from the House and Brought to the Barn!!

For the most part, I think we get most of our horse supplies from the tack shop or the feed store. Except a few!! Here's my list of things poached from home and brought to the barn. (Get more use there, anyway!!)

Pulling a Shoe

This always happens right after your Farrier is gone on his very rare vacation. You otherwise perfect partner tweaks a shoe. What to do??

Picking a Saddle Pad

There are about a million types and colors of saddle pads. Here's how to pick the best one for you and your horse.

Wrapping Tails

The why's and how's of wrapping tails

Alternative Treatments

A brief description of alternative treatments that you may be involved in!

Oiling your Tack

The basics of oiling your tack.

Trailer Walk Around

Before you drive away in your rig - some things you need to check out!

The Grooming Box

The classic, basic items to have in your handy grooming box.

Warm Up Ring Tips

You are grooming at a big show! What do you need to bring with you ringside? The obvious and not so obvious.

Cleaning Saddle Pads

Some tips for cleaning saddle pads!

Wrapping Legs

How to wrap legs safely!

Polishing Brass and other Metals

The best ways to polish brass and bits and buckles and spurs and stirrups.

Shipping boots

Short and Long distance shipping - how to protect legs.

Moldy Tack

How to deal with moldy tack

Sheepskin Care

How to care for your sheepskin equipment.

Cleaning Boots - Taking care of your Leather Boots

How to care for and clean your leather boots. For people.

Blanketing 102

Logical Follow Up article to Blanketing 101

Blanketing 101

Blanketing Basics - Guidelines and How to Buy a Blanket

Cleaning Bits

A how-to for cleaning bits!

Cleaning Tack

Cleaning Tack - the Mystery Solved

Cleaning Brushes

The Best Ways to Clean Brushes