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 Horse Equipment Needed For Hacking Out Safely 
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Horse Equipment Needed For Hacking Out Safely
by: Tammy Patterson




It is important to remember that any equipment when used on or around horses should be kept in a good condition and free from wear and tear. In particular, important items such as reins, girth, girth straps and stirrup leathers should be regularly checked to prevent wear and tear from going unnoticed and becoming dangerous. It is not only the stitching that needs to be monitered, any leather should be cleaned regularly and a suitable leather cleaner / saddle soap should be used to prevent cracks, weaknesses and tears. Whichever saddle you use, GP, westewrn or synthetic, it should fit correctly and your bridle should sit comfortably and neither should rub in any place.

There are a wide range of safety accessories that can be utilised when hacking.

Boots and or bandages are the best ways of offering protection to the horses legs. There are many different types, fetlock boots; brushing boots; complete boots that offer protection to the tendons and fetlocks as well as wicking moisture away from the legs, preventing rubbing and over-reach boots. These can be made using many different materials, leather, neoprene, nylon and synthetic fabrics are all common.

When you know that the ground or footing in areas you will be hacking through are likely to be slippery, deep or icy, hoof boots with studs or having studs put into the horses shoes can assist in giving the horse a firmer footing, helping to prevent dangerous slipping and sliding. There are other techniques that can help to prevent the build up of snow in the horses hooves that can be discussed with your farrier if you find yourself having to ride in snowy conditions frequently.

A mobile phone is now an essential of everyday life for most people. For safety reasons this should also be taken with you when hacking out, especially if riding out alone. This is best carried in a secure pocket with the ringer off so as not to startle your horse should it go off. In the event of in emergency you can use your phone to call the vet, your yard or your home should you need it. Even the most isolated areas should allow you to use emergency numbers, preventing you from being stranded in the case of an emergency.

About The Author
Tammy is a avid equine rider who trys to promote the correct ways to be looking after horses. Tammy works part time for a company who specialise in equestrian saddles as well as mark todd horse rugs & equestrian rugs in the UK. For more info, please visit the site for a range of WoofWear equestrian products
The author invites you to visit:
http://www.anythingequine.co.uk



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