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Helmet Awareness

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Hobby Horse Saddlery is officially participating in helmet awareness day. Come into the store on August 1st 2015 and receive up to 20% off all your favorite name brand helmets including GPA, Samshield, Charles Owen and many more.

Many barns require you to wear a helmet. Some places give you an option; if you’re over 18 you can opt out of wearing one. At backyard barns and some private facilities helmets are not required at all, neither are rules, which can be scary. Most people think that not wearing a helmet depends on your skill level; this is where the myth lies. Horses are large, unpredictable animals. Your “bomb proof” horse could decide the tree he walks past every day is scary on Saturday… Protect yourself!

Buy a helmet that fits correctly. Your helmet should be snug. Goldilocks style—not too tight, not too loose, but just snug enough that when you wiggle the brim your eye brows move with the helmet. Run your fingers along the edge of the helmet and make sure there are no large gaps or spaces between your head and the shell, there should be contact all around. If you have any questions about the fit of your helmet come down to Hobby Horse Saddlery and ask us! We are more than happy to help with your current helmet or to pick and fit a new one.

When talking about helmets there are a couple “rules” to take into consideration. The first being, if you fall and hit your head; replace your helmet. Cracks can develop that are undetectable making any future falls much more severe and dangerous.  Make sure your helmet is certified, not only for your safety, but if you want to compete, or take lessons, you need a certified helmet.

Your helmet needs an ASTM/SEI certification. ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials. The organization is comprised of engineers and physicists whose job is to test and set standards for safety equipment. They developed specific criteria for horseback riding helmets to adhere to. SEI is the safety equipment institute. It is a separate lab that does further testing. The two organizations work directly together to ensure only the safest products pass certification.

Don’t forget to visit us on National Helmet Awareness day (August 1st) to learn more, get fit properly, and receive AWESOME discounts. You don’t want to miss out on these deals.

So, my confession you ask? I can’t resist a good bargain.

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,

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Common Household items, Barn Essentials… OR BOTH


Horses are an expensive hobby. If you’re short on time or cash don’t worry—take a look around your house and/or garage to find these barn must-haves. Check out these cheap and easy solutions to some of your problems.

  • Tuna fish cans, cleaned out of course, make great bridle hooks.
  • Duct tape is an essential friend of any horse person. (You can fix almost anything with duct tape)
  • Diapers act as padded slippers for abscesses or foot injuries.
  • Dryer sheets—not only act as an air freshener during the sweaty, stinky summer, but also as bug repellent for the rider. Stick one in your pocket or top of your boot when you ride.
  • Dish soap can go a long way in the wash stall giving baths. Dawn Dish soap specifically can also remove oil stains from your pants.
  • Listerine is extremely useful to wash/disinfect buckets and leave your barn smelling minty fresh.
  • Corn oil can be an alternative for hoof oil for your horse’s hooves.

In addition to these substitutes check out our alternative option of the week to learn how to make your own products! A new alternative option will be featured ever week!


Alternative Options of the Week
Sore Muscle Liniment

20 drops of wintergreen
10 drops of peppermint
10 drops of juniper
5 drops of jasmine
5 drops of ginger
½ – 1 cup of Epsom salt
1 bucket of water

Place the oils in the Epsom salts. Dissolve the Epsom salt mixture in the bucket using some warm water. You can use Aloe Vera instead of water to make a more gel solution.

So, My confession you ask?
Sometimes i borrow toothbrushes to clean my bit, that’s my alternative 😉

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
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