Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Getting it Right: Horses and Tack

Greetings folks,
This is the landing page where you can find all the wonderful, handy links from the Indies Unlimited post "Getting it Right, Horses and Tack." I hope you will use them in your writing to help better create a realistic equestrian situation for your characters. If you have any questions, please leave a reply post and I'll endeavor to assist you. I've done my best to ensure these links are live, but once in a while things change and the links may go dead. But don't give up, use my subject heading and Google it, you might even find better stuff than me!

So, without further adieu, here's the links:


General English riding tack: (Hunting/ Jumping/ Equitation)

Horse bits: (in general—and a great site for loads of other goodies!)


Gaited horses:


Mexican Vaquero: (Charro)

Iberian: (Andalusian, bull fighting, baroque style riding)

Medieval tack/info:

Basic training: (starting a horse under saddle)


Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World-wide governing body for equestrian sport

The US Equestrian Federation (governing body for Olympic level sport)

US Dressage Federation.

3 Day Eventing:



Rodeo: (a “catch all” page)

Endurance Riding:

Basic horse care:

Horse breeds:

General: (a great site for basic breed info!)

Thoroughbreds (racing):


Quarter Horses:

Friesians: (commonly thought of as the “perfect” medieval horse for jousting—although they did little of it)

Pinto horses: (yes, there is a difference between pintos and paints!)

Paint Horses:

American Saddlebred: (the peacock of the show ring)

Sport Equipment:

Stadium Jumping: (use this site to get familiar with types of jumps used in stadium jumping)

Cross country jumping: (use this site to get familiar with cross country—eventing jumps)

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