Protecting Your Horse: Learn how to properly fit your tack!
If you love horses, it is very important to be mindful of the aches and pains they endure if not properly trained, nourished, and fitted with the right gear when you ride them. Every fan of equestrianism and owner of horses should learn about fitting tacks if they want to protect themselves and their galloping friends. Tack is a piece of equipment or accessory equipped onto horses. This includes bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, and saddles. Correctly fitting tack onto your horse is vital for the safety and longevity of your horse’s health.
Understanding the warning signs your horse may send you due to discomfort from ill-fitting tack is very important to all riders. If you begin to experience behavioral issues with your equine friend while riding or being tacked, you must ensure that you fitted the equipment correctly. The horse could be trying to tell you that it’s in pain. Here are a few common behavioral changes to watch for due to improper fitting tack:
- Hunching of the back
- Hesitant or outright refusal to move
Not all horses are the same. Some horses have more tolerance than others and won’t show any physical signs of discomfort, even if they were not fitted properly. It’s your job as the rider to pay close attention to your steed. There may be subtle signs telling you that you’re improperly tacking your horse. Here are a few signsyou should watch for:
- Ruffled hair
- Hair turning white
Ultimately, you want to avoid causing any discomfort to your swift-footed companion.Here are 9 safety tips on how to properly tack your horse.