Good quality equipment that is safe, effective and long lasting is an important asset on your horsemanship journey. Investing in quality products saves money in the long run and greatly enhances the comfort and communication with your horse. We have gone through many trials and errors over the years to find quality products. Some of our favourite equipment and products are unfortunately not made in and difficult to source in Australia. Below is a list and description of some of the equipment that we use in our training.
As we are often asked about the equipment and products that we use, we started importing some of these items in order to make them available to our clients. You can find our equipment and products available in our online shop. Everything that we sell are items that we personally use and recommend. We are also able to source custom made equipment, so if you have something specific in mind, give us a call.
Halters & Leads
It is important that halters and leads are well made from quality materials and appropriately sized to fit correctly. Loose or poorly made halters reduce the effectiveness of the halter as a subtle communication tool and incorrectly fitted halters can be dangerous if the horse catches it’s teeth or other objects in the halter. We use leads that are attached directly to the halter without a clip to assist with smoother communication and to prevent inadvertently hurting the horse on the sensitive bones of the jaw with a metal clip.
We do most of our groundwork in a good quaility rope halter and lead, however we also use a cavesson to assist when working in-hand. We don’t routinely ride in halters as halters give a very imprecise signal to the horse compared to the hackamore when riding.
If you require a well fitting halter and clip-less lead for your horse you can find them in our Shop.
Horsemanship Flags have been used for years by horsemen such as Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman. The flag enables the trainer to create energy in a controlled and directed manner, rather than having to touch the horse with a rope or stick. They are a great tool to assist in desensitizing young or green horses but as with every tool, the feel and presentation of the flag to the horse during training are important. Flags are a great training tool when used correctly.
The flag is mounted on a light weight handle which has some flexibility. The important aspect of the flag is the material which is usually made from nylon or cotton. Plastic is not appropriate as this can rustle in the wind and create noise and therefore ‘energy’ when it is not directed by the trainer. Flags also come in a retractable handle style which allows them to be easily carried in the saddle. A handy tool when ponying or riding young horses. Flags are available to purchase in our shop.
The word “hackamore” is derived from the Spanish word jáquima, meaning headstall or halter, itself derived from Old Spanish xaquima. Commonly referred to in it’s own right as a Bosal, it is made from braided rawhide and sits around the bridge of the horses nose. Attached are the reins, called a “Mecate” and together the bosal and mecate make up the Hackamore.
The tradition of the Hackamore came from the Spanish Californians, revered for their horse-handling abilities. From these traditions, the “buckaroo” and “Californian Vaquero” used the Hackamore because it was made from cheap and readily available materials (the Mecate has been typically made from horse mane hair, but can also be made from alpaca wool, sheep wool, parachute cord or marine braided rope).
An incorrectly fitted bosal hinders precise and subtle communication from the rider’s hands and can cause pain and discomfort to the horse if presses on the sensitive facial nerve. A bosal should fit ‘like a glove’ and be evenly touching all around the horse’s face. The horse should be able to open its mouth and the bosal should not be so tight as to prevent the horse from chewing. Learn how to measure your horse for a correctly fitting bosal here. Quality hackamores are difficult to find in Australia, therefore AMT Equestrian imports top quality bosals and mecates which are available to purchase in our shop.
Over the years we have learnt a lot about western saddles through many trials and errors, by educating ourselves and by listening to our horses. For a great explanation on western saddles check out this video by Vaquero Horseman Jeff Sanders.
We recommend the following Saddlemakers if you want a western saddle that will fit your horse without causing lumbar back pain when performing lateral movements and classical riding due to an excessively long tree. These saddles place the rider over the strongest part of the horse’s back and allow the rider to sit in a perfectly balanced seat with the legs directly under the seat (unlike most western saddles that push the legs forward and sit the rider further back)
McGowan Saddlery unfortunately has a long waiting list (about 8 years) to order a saddle. That tells you something about their quality!
These Saddles are handmade in the Czech Republic. They are great quality and their service and shipment to Australia is very reliable.
While we like our Western Saddles, much of our riding is based on classical principles and for this reason we have investigated the traditional classical Baroque saddles. They are lightweight and place the rider in the optimal riding position and are well suited for horses with wide backs and withers which are often difficult to fit in English saddles.
AMT Equestrian Services is now an agent for Deuber & Partner Saddlemakers (DP) in Western Australia. We have available for trial in WA the Bückeburger Schooling Saddle – a modern saddle with a baroque look and feel exclusively developed for the “Fürstliche Hofreitschule” (Princely School of Riding Art in Bueckeburg, Germany).
This beautiful saddle is a reproduction of the original saddle that can be found in the “Marstallmuseum” at the School with a modern twist. Optically, this saddle will take you back to times of it’s historical forefathers, yet it’s functional and highly innovative construction will allow a perfectly balanced riding experience, a very deep seat that allows you to feel safe and cradled in and makes sure you are always sitting in the center of balance, optimal weight distribution to protect your horses back even on longer rides and allows you to give minimalistic riding cues.
If you are interested in trying this saddle or you would like more information on any of the DP Saddles please feel free to contact us.
Information coming soon….
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