True Unity by Tom Dorrance
One of Tom Dorrance’s guiding principles for explaining his understanding of the horse is that what he knows about the horse is what he learned from the horse. In this book, Tom shares his experiences and ideas to help achieve a true unity between human and horse. This book encourages readers to approach their horse with a feeling of acceptance for the value of the physical, mental, and innermost being of the horse. This would be a great book for any reader who wishes to build a better level of understanding between themselves and their horse.
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If I Were To Train A Horse by Jack Brainard
In this book, Jack Brainard, legendary horse trainer, breeder, and judge, shares his valuable horse experience and knowledge with the world. Brainard has shown, bred, and trained horses for over 50 years, and in this book he discusses his knowledge of horsemanship focused on the understanding of the horse’s mind. This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in learning about classical horsemanship, as well as some aspects of equine history, anatomy, psychology, and philosophy.
Sliding Gag Bit with Twisted Wire Snaffle #20-42
Description: This Dennis Moreland Tack Sliding Gag Bit is built with a twisted wire mouthpiece. You have a choice of a stainless steel twisted wire headstall or, for the more sensitive horse, a 3/4 inch harness leather slide ear headstall or a 3/4 inch brow band headstall (see photo). The center bar on the bit cheeks limits the movement of the sliding mouthpiece to provide a quicker action and instant relief. The hard lay nylon cord allows the bit to slide easily. The cord is attached to a stainless steel buckle which attaches it to adjustable single ply 3/4 inch harness leather cheeks. The twisted wire mouthpiece gives a stronger signal than the common snaffle or dog bone snaffle and is very good to use if your horse has become resistant to giving his nose and/or lowering his head. This snaffle should improve stops in a horse that is trying to run off.
How it works: The simultaneous pressure on the mouth from the sliding gag bit and on the poll from the twisted, shaped, stainless steel or the leather crown increases control of the nose and improves total balancing power to produce the ultimate in vertical flexion and feel. Because your rein aids are strengthened with the gag, your leg cues given at the same time become reinforced and easier for the horse to respond to. You will be able to better concentrate on fine details of your training rather than large rebalancing or repositioning efforts regardless of your type of riding. This gag bridle is an excellent training tool for both young and older horses that need to improve flexibility and response. Your horse will learn that when it breaks at the poll the release will be instant, smooth, and consistent. Since these gags release so quickly your horse is not trapped in position while it waits for the release to occur. This helps horses stay calm and confident in training and also when they are in competition. The leather crown works well with this twisted wire mouthpiece on horses that want to drop their heads while continuing to pull on the bit.
Although this Sliding Gag is sold without reins, you can choose any Dennis Moreland split reins or roping reins for your sliding gag. To select your reins simply visit the rein category and add them to your order.
If you don’t have experience with sliding gags Dennis Moreland Tack recommends you seek the help of a professional who has experience as you are learning to use them.
Basket Stamped Slot Ear Headstall #HS40
Description: The Basket Stamped Slot Ear Headstall is made of 5/8 inch double and stitched skirting leather. It has a precisely designed slot to fit comfortably on the ear of any age or size horse. There is one beveled stainless steel adjustment buckle with a hand braided rawhide loop keeper. The extra hand stitching just below the buckle prevents it from slipping. The headstall is completely handmade and hand stamped.
Crafting: To make a doubled and stitched stamped headstall I take 2 pieces of skirting leather and split them to the correct thicknesses. Next I glue the 2 pieces and carefully cut the desired shapes. Finally it’s stitched together and stamped. Doubled and stitched leather is more durable and longer lasting than single ply leather. The doubled & stitched items are not thicker than single ply leather so still have that good feel in your hands and on the horse.
Available with your choice of slot concho, concho, or tie string bit ends (see dropdown).
Shown with slot conchos.
Adjustable Latigo Leather Cavesson #CA5
Description: This Adjustable Latigo Leather Cavesson is made with a doubled and stitched 5/8 inch burgundy latigo leather noseband. The chin strap and headstall are single ply burgundy latigo leather. This latigo is a soft, pliable leather that feels good on a horse’s face. It’s stout and will last for years of hard use. The buckles and rings are stainless steel. This cavesson is available in small and large sizes. Both sizes are adjustable. The noseband on the small cavesson adjusts between 20 1/2 and 24 inches and the crown adjusts between 30 and 33 inches. The noseband on the large cavesson adjusts between 23 and 27 inches and the crown adjusts between 31 and 38 inches. Generally speaking, the small size will fit the smaller or young horse (approximately 14.2 hands and under) and the large size will fit the mature/bigger horse over 14.2 hands.
Size Measurement: An easy way to be certain to get the correct sized cavesson is to wrap a leadrope around the nose where the cavesson will lay, mark the leadrope with a magic marker, straighten it and then measure the leadrope. When measuring, be sure to wrap the leadrope loosely enough that the horse will have enough room between his nose and the cavesson to be comfortable and to be able to hold the bit. A good rule of thumb is 2 fingers width between the nose and cavesson (which is the diameter of most leadropes) if the horse is trained to a cavesson.
This cavesson is a good starting cavesson and is also good for sensitive horses. It should be adjusted loosely when starting any horse in it.
For more information on cavesson fit and use visit: There’s More to a Cavesson than Meets the Eye: How and Why to Use Cavessons