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.
Have a question for me about tack or equipment? Shoot me an email, liv @ proequinegrooms.com.
An introduction into using ear plugs for horses.
What to do and what not to do when it comes to using a chain on your horse.
Tips on how to make doing "horse laundry" easy!
No horse person should be without duct tape, bailing twine, and zip ties.
How to battle flies and bugs when you and your horse are trailblazing!
Shopping tips for picking the right horse fly sheet.
Some things to think about when you are staring at the huge selection of horse grooming brushes.
Behold the many uses of the insanely durable cactus cloth!
How you can make your horse trailer's windows the safest for your horse.
When you are battling a shedding horse, come prepared with the right grooming tools!
There are many ways to reuse a lot of things at the barn - including your horse's leg quilts!
Tips for securing your horse's hay net in a tub, or by hanging.
The easy task of re-waterproofing your horse's blankets!
Loads of reasons to love a stiff nylon grooming brush! Even if your horse doesn't appreciate it.
Some things to consider when you are picking a lead rope for your horse!
How to decipher the lingo that comes with shopping for a horse blanket - stable vs. turnout, denier, fill, you name it!
Sometimes you just feel like your brain is baking in your riding helmet! Some tips on how to cool off.
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?
Ideas for cleaning and organizing your horse's tack trunk!
Ideas on how to properly dress your horse for a trailer ride - from hooves up!
Save some dough and shop for used horse tack and grooming supplies! Some handy tips for making things easy.
The best ways to clean your rubber reins!
How to pick and use the best hay net for your horse!
How and why to place your horse's saddle pad into the gullet of the saddle!
A quick trip to the hardware store for a few tools can make your barn chores super easy!
Easy steps to clean and store your clippers and clipper blades.
The safest way to blanket your horse!
When to repair or replace your halter!
A handy list of stuff to use while lungeing a horse!
How to decide if your horse needs a grazing muzzle, and a few things to thing about when you use one!
Ideas on how to effectively and efficiently clean your horse trailer! Fun times!
Make a trailer ride with your horse safe and stress free!
Some ideas on how to remove that super sticky horse hair from all of your horse clothes!
Tips and tricks for dealing with a squeaky saddle for your horse!
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.
How you can tell if your saddle needs adjustment or re-flocking?
The best tools for getting your horse's tack pro Groom clean!
How you can best clean and condition leather laced reins!
A handy reminder of some great tools to have in your trailer, in case of emergency.
Easy ways to clean your horse's webbed reins, both the leather parts and the fabric webbing! No fuss, no muss!
Why, on some occasions, I reach for horse sport boots instead of polo wraps while grooming and tacking up!
The pros and cons of using horse jammies, hoodies, or undies on your horse!
Ideas on how you can best choose a halter for your horse!
The many ways you can tie your horse, and how to make it safer!
Ideas on what you can do with diapers! No horse barn or first aid kit should be without them.
Forget blisters and limping around - easy ways to break in paddock and horse riding boots!
Instances in which you may want to reach for polo wraps instead of your daily sport boots!
Guidelines for using blankets on your horse!
How you can rescue a wet saddle and bridle to avoid water damage!
Easy ways to make your own saddle cleaner for your horse's tack!
How to turn a brand new saddle into something that you and your horse will be comfortable in!
How you can pack supplements and grains for horse shows without bringing the whole feed room with you!
Best practices for long term storage of your horse tack and grooming supplies!
How Grooms can use stall chains and stall guards safely around their horses!
Step by step ideas for getting your horse blankets ready for storage!
Buckets have almost as many uses as twine or duct tape at the barn. Here's how to use them safely.
A few ideas on the best way to dress your horse for turnout.
What you can do between a tweaked or pulled shoe and the farrier returning to tack the horseshoe on for you!
What to consider when you are shopping for a saddle - how to be sure it fits you!
A quick checklist of things that can tell you that your horse's saddle doesn't fit.
The basics on how mold/mildews work, and what horse owners and Grooms can do about it around the barn!
How easy it can be to wash and store western saddle pads!
The easy steps to cleaning your horse's wool items, like coolers!
The many uses for, and options for, fly masks for your horse!
Some easy ways to make the bit more appealing for your horse when it's cold!
The best practices for using buckles and straps around the barn!
The versatility and convenience of using coolers to help your horse stay comfortable explained!
Checklist of thinks for Grooms and horse owners to consider when fitting bits!
How Grooms and horse owners can make sure their fly sheets and horse blankets fit properly and safely.
What Grooms and Owners can have on hand in the toolbox to make their jobs easier!
How Grooms can clean the weird parts of tack - hook/loop closures and elastic!
Steps to take for Grooms and horse owners to prepare the inside of the trailer before a trip!
How you can use your trailer to store some off season or extra items.
How Grooms can clean those weird pieces of leather - suede, piping, and patent leathers!
How Grooms can choose the right pair of bell boots for their horse.
Grooms have many options when it comes to booting up their horses! Here's an intro into some types of boots!
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!
When you are hacking or hitting the trail, don't leave home without these items!
Lots of options for tack trunks!
Not all tack and tack pieces are leather - here's how to clean!
Guidelines on how to properly fit and adjust a snaffle type bridle.
The best ways to pick and fit a halter.
Some ideas and tips to help you get through showing in the rain. It's not fun, but you can make it easier!!
For most horse shows, you have a dedicated Grooming stall. Here are some ideas on how to set it up!
Sometimes, we can use some barn supplies at home. What do you steal from the barn and bring home?
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!!)
This always happens right after your Farrier is gone on his very rare vacation. You otherwise perfect partner tweaks a shoe. What to do??
There are about a million types and colors of saddle pads. Here's how to pick the best one for you and your horse.
The why's and how's of wrapping tails
A brief description of alternative treatments that you may be involved in!
The basics of oiling your tack.
Before you drive away in your rig - some things you need to check out!
The classic, basic items to have in your handy grooming box.
You are grooming at a big show! What do you need to bring with you ringside? The obvious and not so obvious.
Some tips for cleaning saddle pads!
How to wrap legs safely!
The best ways to polish brass and bits and buckles and spurs and stirrups.
Short and Long distance shipping - how to protect legs.
How to deal with moldy tack
How to care for your sheepskin equipment.
How to care for and clean your leather boots. For people.
Logical Follow Up article to Blanketing 101
Blanketing Basics - Guidelines and How to Buy a Blanket
A how-to for cleaning bits!
Cleaning Tack - the Mystery Solved
The Best Ways to Clean Brushes