Winter Has Arrived!

We woke up this morning to, not a dusting, but a ‘dump’ of snow.

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Morning Surprise

This makes me think of getting in the car and driving to warmer climes and also bundling up in a blanket and sitting in front of the wood stove.

What I will do is go to the stable and look through my track and decide what items I will sell.

Buying Used Tack

Have you ever bought used tack? There are some things you should check.

  1. Is it in good condition. -seems easy right? Check the stitching and the actual condition. Has the leather been maintained? Sometimes leather, when not taken care of, will just SNAP! You don’t want this to happen with a stirrup leather, rein, or girth (I’ve judged some horse shows where competitors track have snapped. It’s not fun!)
  2. Is it needed? Do you really need that? If not don’t buy it -wait! What am I saying- YES BUY IT! I need to get rid of this stuff.
  3. Is it a decent price? Buying second hand is a good option if it makes sense. But don’t pay “new” prices for second hand gear, no matter how nice it looks. Chances are it’s been sitting around in a bid for years and not taken care of.

Used Tack Sale

You guessed it. I’m having a used tack sale. December 3rd.

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Used Girths

About Laura

Laura Kelland-May is the founder of Thistle Ridge Skill Builders Development Program. She more than trains horses, she trains people to train their horses. In addition she is a Sr. Judge and can offer insight into What the Judge Is Looking For. Follow her here and get more tips.
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