Teach Conformation


Tack Room

I always like to ask my students to evaluate the conformation of the horse they are riding. It makes them think about the horse’s way of going (paces, straightness, and flexion) then we discuss how to improve. It teaches them to think for themselves and to understand and empathize with the horse a little more.

Jennifer Diggle,
Level 4 English Instructor
Hertfordshire, Saskatchewan

Sweaty Stinky Saddle Pads

Saddle pads are awkward to store and generally need airing out to diminish the sweaty horse smell that can get oh-so-pungent in the summer. Make a space in your tack room just like a hanging closet in a bedroom, with a hanging bar. The more pads you use, the longer the bar needs to be. Get plastic pant hangers, with the pinch-clamps and you can hang each pad so that it dries and airs out. You can store a huge number of pads in a relatively small space and best of all, you can retrieve any pad on the rack, just like you pick a shirt from your closet.

Julie Goodnight,
CHA Program Director

Herd Management

Horse Lingo

Here is a useful tip that I have tried for over 2 years with positive results. Finding dead birds and squirrels in my stock tanks seemed like bad deal for the birds, squirrels and the water quality. After trying suggestions others offered such as putting a log in the water (which created a lot of algae), etc., I put in a plastic milk crate. It floats in the water. No more dead birds or squirrels, and it is sturdy and easy to clean. I now use them in most of my stock tanks. Even for those part hippo-horses who like to splash and paw in the water, the crates are tough to destroy and create no problems. I hope this idea will solve others’ similar problems as well.

Chardy Shealy,
Fair Grove, Missouri

Bight Me

With closed reins, like with an English bridle, the end of the reins, hanging past the rider’s hands is called the ‘bight.’ Even though Western reins are often split, their ends are also referred to as the bight. The bight should hang forward of the rider’s hand, so that the reins lay softly in the rider’ fingers. Depending on the type of rein, the type of bit and the style of riding, the bight may be held in one hand or hang to one side or the other.

Julie Goodnight,
CHA Program Director

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