Yearly Archives: 2017

Saddle Pad Storage Guidelines 

It’s shocking how many riders don’t follow saddle pad storage guidelines! When you make saddle pad storage and care a priority, you can trust your equipment will last. Don’t make the mistake of treating your pad as an afterthought — follow guidelines for enhanced durability and performance.

Saddle Pad Storage

Don’t Put it on Your Saddle!

One of the most common mistakes horse owners make is to come in from a sweaty ride and immediately drape the soggy saddle pad upside down on top of the saddle to dry. Horse sweat isn’t good for your saddle!

A saddle is durable to a degree, but just because it’s conveniently hanging on a stand nearby doesn’t mean it’s a good spot for your saddle pad. The saddle’s “skin” needs to air-dry, and just like you shouldn’t over-oil or over-condition a saddle, you definitely shouldn’t over-expose it to sweat and moisture if you can help it.

Don’t Flip it Upside Down!

The bottom of the pad is the wettest area, but whatever you do, don’t turn it upside down! You are working against its purpose if you do this. The pad is supposed to conform to the shape of the horse’s back, and every time you use it, it becomes more form-fitted.

But if you take it off and let it dry upside-down, you have to break it in all over again the next ride. This is less comfortable for your horse.

Get a Storage Rack

The best place to put your damp saddle pad is on a storage rack. You can rig one up using a portable coat rack, or you can buy a pre-made device designed to hold an array of saddle pads so they can dry quickly.

Don’t Take it to the Laundromat

Always refer to the saddle pad manufacturer’s guidelines when it comes to washing it, but as a general rule, don’t put them in the washing machine or dryer. Manufacturers typically recommend brushing the pad vigorously, then spraying it with pressurized water from a hose. You might also be instructed to soak it in cold water. Then let it air dry. You don’t have to use soap, unless the manufacturer specifically recommends doing so.

Have a Question?

At Frontier Trailers & Roping Supply, we know plenty of tricks and tips to help with safe saddle pad storage. If you have questions about how to keep your tack in good condition, give us a call or stop in at our store in Spanish Fork!

Different Types of Halters for Your Horse 

Reviewing all the different types of halters might leave your head spinning, especially if you’re a new horse owner. There are many to choose from, and depending on the activities you and your horse enjoy together, you’ll need different types of halters lining the walls of your tack room.

Types of Halters for Your Horse 

Here is a quick rundown on the basics:

Leather

Leather halters are common because they provide great value and they’re functional. You can use a leather halter for turnout and trust that the material will break if you horse gets caught on something, whether it’s a fence post or a tree branch.

At the same time, you may be able to repair a broken leather halter. There are a wide range of leathers to choose from, from less expensive to high-end options. You could get padded leather or find an option that gives your horse a personalized, monogrammed nameplate.

Nylon

Nylon halters are easy to clean with soap and water, but they are not ideal for turnout. Nylon is much more difficult to break, so it could put your horse in danger if they are caught by the halter. Horses should always be supervised while wearing a nylon halter. The benefit to this material is that you can order it in bright colors. If you happen to lose it, this makes it easy to spot!

Rope

You can use rope halters for supervised handling, but again, it’s not an ideal choice for turnout. Make sure you know how to properly attach it to the horse, as halters made of rope sometimes require special knots to secure them in place.

Breakaway Halters

Specialized breakaway halters are often made of leather, but they could be made of a mix of nylon and cotton as well, with leather on the crown and other areas that are designed to detach if the horse is trapped.

Shipping Halters

When you’re transporting your horse, a shipping halter is specifically designed for use in a horse trailer. It may be made of material similar to a breakaway halter, but also have plenty of padding to absorb moisture and protect the horse’s face.

Grooming Halters

Grooming halters are only meant for use during a grooming session, never for turnout or handling. They are extremely loose, with the intention of allowing brushes to reach underneath. This makes them likely to slip off, so make sure your horse is always supervised while wearing this type of halter.

Convertible Options

It’s possible to convert some nylon halters into grooming halters. You may be able to find detachable padding you can put on a leather halter when you want to use it for shipping.

Visit Frontier Trailers in Spanish Fork, Utah, or shop our online store to find a wide variety of tack that includes all different types of halters at affordable prices.

SWAMP WRAP: THE WRAP THAT BITES BACK!

SWAMP WRAP

THE WRAP THAT BITES BACK!

SWAMP WRAP is the newest dally wrap to hit the market! Made in  Louisiana this is the dally wrap that bites back! It is offered in two colors, Green and Pink, and is made out of a durable rubber with lots of grip! Since this dally wrap has hit the market it has been flying off our shelves and ropers have been loving it! When you are looking for the best dally wrap on the market this rubber offers all the qualities ropers look for.

ITS DURABLE! This rubber is very durable. We gave some samples to a handful of ropers here in Utah and when we asked them how they liked the rubber one of the things they loved about it was the fact that it didn’t burn up as quickly as some of the other rubber they had tried. It lasted them double the time that all of the other rubber they have tried did, and it didn’t discolor their rope.

IT HAS A LOT OF BITE! This rubber also offers a lot of BITE!  When it comes time to dally this rubber won’t let your rope run through your hands. You can trust in this rubber to get the job done and not let the rope slide! Your rope will grab the horn quicker which will result in faster times.

THICKER THAN MOST! Have you been looking for a rubber that is thicker than most? The swamp wrap is your answer. This rubber is thicker than most, and is 1” wide. With the bright green and pink colors people are bound to ask you what kind of rubber you are using at the team roping this weekend.

 

Buying a Saddle: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a saddle that works for you and your horse can be more challenging than you might think.

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The options are endless, so the process of them narrowing down is daunting. Making a mistake in the saddle-buying process can be costly, both in terms of lost time and money.

Avoid these five common pitfalls:

1. Buying a Saddle Because the Pros Use It

Don’t fall for marketing messages when it comes to buying a saddle. Sure, the famous equestrian you look up to may use a certain brand, but that doesn’t mean that brand will work for you and your horse.

Maybe your riding instructor or your expert team roping friend recommended a maker to you. That’s great — but take the information under advisement. Don’t purchase a saddle sight unseen just because “they” — whoever they may be — told you to.

Buying a saddle should be a personalized, custom process. Don’t rush.

2. Deciding Based on Looks Alone

Owning a gorgeous saddle can enrich your riding experience, but aesthetics come second to function. Don’t purchase the most beautiful option — get the one that is the most comfortable and works best for you. You and your horse will be happy you did.

3. Buying the Cheapest One

Don’t get your priorities mixed up when buying a saddle and focus on price only. There are some very reasonably priced saddles that will work well for you and your horse and stand up to the test of time, but you have to do your due diligence to make sure it’s a quality product. You can’t just go for low price only.

4. Buying for You, Not Your Horse

Find a saddle you can stand (or sit in!), but research basic fit and don’t be selfish when searching for the right one for you. Think about your horse too!

5. Trying to Buy a One-Size-Fits-All Saddle

Do you ride multiple horses for multiple purposes? It’s tempting to try to find one saddle that works for all of them, for all uses.

Take it from a team that sells saddles every day: This isn’t realistic. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all saddle. You’ll have to invest in custom options for each horse and each sport or activity. Talk to our staff about activity-specific options that will work for you.

At Frontier Trailers & Roping Supply, we make it our goal to provide high-quality products at reasonable prices. Buying a saddle isn’t difficult when you have us assisting you throughout the process. Call or visit us in Spanish Fork today!

What Should Your Horse Trailer be Made Of? Aluminum.

Your horse trailer does more than look pretty — it does the literal heavy lifting when it comes to getting your horses from point A to point B. It’s important to you, and your horse.

From transporting horses down the street to taking them on a cross-country trip, your horse trailer has to be able to take a beating from the elements, the roadway and your horses! It has to be sturdy and durable.

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What’s the best horse trailer for the job?

The debate between steel and aluminum has been going on for years. Steel was always the go-to material, until manufacturers started creating lightweight, durable horse trailers from aluminum. Now, there’s a real competition, and for many horse owners, aluminum wins.

Why?

Load it Up!

Aluminum is lightweight. It will barely make a dent in your truck or SUV’s tow load capacity. That means you can take along your extra tack without fear of overloading your trailer and taxing your vehicle’s engine. You can take a lot of things — load up your aluminum trailer with all your stuff!

Save Your Gas Mileage

Because the frame is light and tows smoothly, you will save considerably on gas mileage. This adds up if you take your horse on frequent long-distance trips. Also, the less stress you place on your vehicle’s engine, the longer it will last. That’s a definite money-saver, as vehicles capable of pulling a horse trailer are typically quite expensive.

No Rust to Contend With

Here’s the real selling point for aluminum: It doesn’t rust. You still have to clean out your horse trailer, but you don’t have to worry that the urine is corroding or rotting your trailer floor – aluminum can withstand it!

While steel may be known as a tougher alloy, aluminum retains its strength because it doesn’t fall prey to rust like steel.

Retain Resale Value

Since you don’t have to worry about rust, an aluminum trailer usually lasts longer than its steel counterpart, making it easier to sell once you’ve outgrown it or no longer need it. They may cost more than steel up front, but you can recoup your investment easily.

Frontier Trailers is the leading Logan Coach Trailer dealer in the country, and we’re in Spanish Fork, Utah. When you are looking for a wide selection to choose the perfect horse trailer, look no further than Frontier Trailers. We sell new and used, and we may even take your used trailer off your hands! Visit us on your hunt for the perfect horse trailer.

Improve Your Team-Roping Abilities with a Fitness Routine

No one excels at team roping by accident. It takes years of study and practice to become a master, and a fitness routine can help.

Working out the specific muscle groups you use while roping can improve accuracy and stamina.

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Boost Upper-Body Power

If a more powerful, controlled swing is your goal, building upper-body strength is key.

Start with pushups. If it’s difficult when you first start out, try modified pushups (from the knees), then build up to ideal form. See how many you can do without stopping, and challenge yourself to top that number the next day.

Tricep dips are another great upper-body workout that yields major results.

Core Strength Is Key

When you have a strong core, you don’t need your reins to help you keep your balance on top of your horse. The two best core exercises are planks and sit-ups. You don’t need a gym or special weights — just use your body weight to work on your abdominal and back muscles.

Leg Workouts Help with Control

Not only are you using your chest, arms, abs and back for team roping, you’re using your legs too.

Start with squats. Squats work almost every muscle in your legs — especially the ones you need for roping and riding. You don’t need to use heavy weights to see progress. By adding weight slowly, you can build up valuable endurance.

Your Horse Needs Conditioning as Well

Your horse needs just as much muscle development as you do to excel at team roping. While practice makes perfect, it helps to vary their exercise routine, adding trail rides or swimming to give them a change of scenery.

Roping Helps You Stay Fit

The good news? Roping is a great way to stay in top physical shape. It’s a physical and mental workout, plus it’s fun! It also helps you have a goal to work toward, and that’s an effective method of staying focused.

Develop a comprehensive fitness routine as a way to reach your goal: being the best roper you can be. If team roping is your sport, you need upper body, core and lower body workouts to continue developing your skills.

What You Should Know When Buying a Horse Halter

Horse halter shopping can leave a new horse owner more than a little confused.

What’s better, nylon or leather? Should you get a halter that breaks loose when pressured or stays strong?

Should Know When Buying a Horse Halter

There are many features to consider when you’re assessing your options, but it all comes down to quality and the way it fits your horse. If the halter isn’t made with superior materials, it will break faster. If it’s not sized correctly, it may agitate your horse.

Which Material Do You Prefer?

The first thing you must do is pick a material type. Leather is traditional, and it’s one of the most popular materials because it looks handsome. One of the benefits of leather is that it will break free if the horse is trapped, making it ideal when it’s in transit or out to pasture.

Nylon is the cheapest material, which makes it affordable to use on a daily basis. You can also customize the colors to give your horse some style. While nylon-only halters won’t break, you can purchase options with a leather crownpiece that offer emergency breakaway.

Rope is another choice, but try to reserve it for training only. You want the horse to avoid rope burn, plus rope likely won’t break in an emergency — it’s too tough.

The material that’s right for you and your horse will depend on how you plan to use it.

Consider the Hardware Too

Always ask about the type of metal used in the halter’s construction. Cheap metal rusts quickly, making the halter wear out much faster than it should. Rusted clips can break, or scratch your horse. Look for brass — it’s a durable metal that will last longer.

How Should it Fit?

Halters shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. You should be able to slide two or three fingers in between the noseband and the horse’s face, and halter should easily slide on and off.

Make sure it doesn’t constrict the horse’s jaw movement. Since horse halter sizes aren’t standardized, check before you buy to see if you can return the halter if it doesn’t fit as well as you’d like.

Get the Best

When it comes to selecting the right horse halter, the most expensive one might not be the best choice for your horse. Still, the more it costs, the higher the likelihood it will be a quality product.

Follow this rule of thumb — set your budget and get the best product you can buy in your price range. The good news is, you can find durable, comfortable options at Frontier Trailers & Roping Supply in Spanish Fork, Utah. Talk to our staff about the features to look for, and get the most value out of your horse halter.

How to Get Out of a Roping Slump

Being in a roping slump is difficult, but it’s no different than struggling with any other sport. All athletes have highs and lows. After all, it’s not realistic to think you’ll be at the top of your game for every run.

First, you have to realize going through a roping slump doesn’t mean you’re bad at your sport — it means you’re human. It also is an opportunity for you to get back to basics and focus on what made you love roping in the first place.

Get Out of a Roping Slump

Use the guidelines below to help you rebound from a roping slump.

Make Fundamentals a Priority

Fundamentals are the most important skill any athlete can master in any sport, but this is especially true when it comes to roping. From positioning to swing to timing and delivery, you need to repetitively drill just like you did when you were first learning to rope.

Have a friend watch your practice session and point out your shortcomings, or video yourself and analyze the recording later. This can help you identify weaknesses in your horsemanship or your roping mechanics.

Work on Your Mental Game

Next, practice approaching roping with confidence. One secret to becoming a pro is not letting either the bad days or the good days affect you too strongly.

Work on building a strong mindset, with plenty of patience for yourself, your horse and your teammate mixed in. Remember, how you get your confidence back and maintain it could be the deciding factor in your success.

Practice with a Purpose

Working on your fundamentals and sharpening your mental approach are both great tactics, but why not give yourself even more motivation to defeat your roping slump? Set an official goal: write it down and share it with your team. Then set a deadline. You’ll be more focused when you know there is a larger purpose on the line.

Accentuate the Positive

When you’re in a roping slump, it’s important not to dwell on the negative. Instead, remember all your wins. Focus on the achievements that have made you a better roper. If bad times come up, think about what you learned from them. Turn the negative into a positive, and you will be well on your way out of your roping slump.

You can trust Frontier Trailers & Roping Supply for affordable, high-quality roping supplies. We’re your local roping equipment experts, and we are here to help you out of your roping slump. Visit our Spanish Fork store or order online today!

Buying a Saddle? Expert Advice for Your Next Purchase. 

Buying a saddle is a big decision. You have to make sure the saddle you choose is the right one for what you plan to use it for every day. It has to fit your horse and you, and it has to work with your budget!

Buying a Saddle

There are so many factors to consider when buying a saddle, and so many questions you probably will have along the way.

How Will You Use It?

What activities do you do most often with your horse? If you are into team roping, you’ll need a roping saddle. A roping saddle has double rigging and an anchored horn, ideal for tying off cattle.

If you love long-distance trail riding, get a saddle that’s lighter to keep your horse comfortable. If versatility is key and you don’t specialize in any one activity, a ranch saddle is probably ideal. Assess your needs before buying a saddle to make sure it fits your intentions.

How Big Is Your Horse?

If you’ve bought saddles before, you know there is no such thing as a perfect fit. You also know that a poorly fitting saddle can make a good horse behave badly. It’s important to choose one that gives your horse freedom of movement and balances your weight evenly. Gather information about your horse, including breed, size and distinct physical characteristics, and make sure you purchase a saddle that fits it.

How Does It Fit You?

You should try out as many saddles as possible before making a selection, because it’s important that you like the way the saddle feels, too. After all, you’re about to spend a significant amount of time in it!

Many saddle specifics will affect how it feels, including the size of the seat, the seat’s angle, the stirrup position, cantle and fork height.

What’s Your Budget?

For the most part, you’ll find that the higher the price goes, the better the quality. Saddles can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars! It’s easy to overspend, so it’s best to set your budget beforehand.

Spend as much as you can comfortably afford and find a saddle that fits you and your horse, because as you will see, saddle performance is key to both you and your horse’s happiness and safety.

At Frontier Trailers & Roping Supply, buying a saddle is made easy with our team of helpful, experienced associates. We have plenty of advice for everyone from first-time buyers to expert old-timers. Come into our store today.

Heading vs. Heeling: Team Roping Tips for Both Roles 

Hard-working headers and heelers both need roping tips to catapult them to the top of their game. Even the masters still spend hours every day working on perfecting their skills and learning how to better perform.

Heading vs. Heeling Team Roping Tips

Whether you’re a novice or an advanced team roper, you can benefit from helpful reminders about your role, your responsibility and what you can do to make your partner’s job easier.

Team Roping — Familiarize Yourself with Both Jobs

One of the best team roping tips is to always remember that you’re a team. The ideal way for headers and heelers to learn how to do their job better, or just understand what their partner needs from them, is to take on their role for a few runs.

For example, when headers start to see how hard it is to heel cattle that are pulling to the left, they become much more conscientious about how they handle the steer. The expert ropers can alternate between heading and heeling without an issue, even competing at the highest level in both roles.

If you’re trying to perfect either your heading or heeling skills, some roping tips can help.

For the Header: Control Your Horse

Part of skillful heading technique is properly gauging the speed of the cattle and controlling your horse throughout the course of the run. One of the least effective maneuvers is to turn left as the steer is running up the rope. This only swings the cattle outside, and it starts running faster, making it more difficult on the heeler. You have to expertly stay out in front of the steer and prevent him from curving in behind the head horse.

It takes a strong bond with your horse, an expertly trained horse and top-notch horsemanship skills to become an expert header. When you have control of the run, your heeler’s job is always made easier.

For the Heeler: Get into Position

How many times have you slipped a leg as a heeler? The best way to prevent this problem is to make sure your positioning is just right before you deliver the loop. It’s all about your slack — too much makes you have to hurry back to the horn. Try to stay in rhythm with the slack to prevent this problem.

Get Outfitted with the Right Tools

You need quality ropes, superior tack and expert advice — you need Frontier Trailers & Roping Supply. Visit our Spanish Fork store to check out our wide selection of team roping supplies up-close and personal, or order what you need online. Either way, call us anytime for information on our products and maybe even a few extra team roping tips to help you improve your skills. We are your top team roping resource in Utah and beyond!