Any horse that’s ridden hard might develop a sore back, which might have something to do with the way he’s ridden or the tack used on him. One possible solution is to use a cutaway saddle pad made with an opening to fit over sore spots on the withers.

In the May 2005 issue of Western Horseman, expert packers offered their personal preferences on packing gear. Here are some sources to research and buy the high-quality pack gear recommended in the article.

If you’re new to the driving world, here are some insights from Montana clinician and trainer Doug “Doc” Hammill, D.V.M., on buying harness gear.

At horse shows, trail rides or just about any other kind of activity, you’ll notice quite a few ways of taking care of horses. Of course, you might luck out once in a while and find stalls or small corrals for rent, but usually the trailer becomes your horses’ home, and they sure will head right for it when the ride or competition is over.

Horsewright Clothing and Tack Company owners Dave and Nichole Ferry design working cowboy gear while ranching in California’s Tehachapi Mountains. Their traditional tack has inspired a movement to recognize the men and women serving in the armed forces.

World-famous Severe Brothers Saddlery, a family-operated outfit in Pendleton, Oregon, was started by brothers Duff and Bill Severe in 1955. Today, the next generation of Severe brother, Robin and Randy, carry on their father and uncle's saddlemaking traditions, while adding a few touches of their own.

Bitmakers Greg Darnall and Ernie Marsh agree there’s nothing wrong with using vintage or antique spade bits. The market for the better-made bits by known makers has exploded in recent years. And a person might find that his prized Guadalupe Garcia, Raphael Gutierrez or Al Tietjen bit has become too valuable to use on a regular basis.