On-the-Trail Gear Guide

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5 Star Equine

Keep your horse’s back cool and com­fort­able with The Rancher 5 Star Sad­dle Pad. This pad is spe­cially en­gi­neered for rop­ers, ranch­ers, and long trail rides. De­signed to be used alone, the su­per-thick 11/ 8” wool elim­i­nates dou­ble pad­ding, and re­duces cinch­ing for a se­cure ride and a happy horse.

5 Star uses only 100% pure vir­gin wool in the man­u­fac­ture of its sad­dle pads. The com­pany uses only the high­est-qual­ity pure-wool felt avail­able. 5 Star pads are made with heat and pres­sure (never nee­dled) with a com­pres­sion rat­ing of 6.0 to 7.0 PSI (pounds per square inch) and a ten­sile strength of 200 PSI. The qual­ity of the wool al­lows it to re­move heat from your horse’s back by wick­ing away sweat, and the high­qual­ity felt pro­tects against pres­sure points.

The Rancher is com­fort­able for your wal­let, as well: This pad will main­tain its strength and qual­ity for 2,000-plus hours of rid­ing time with proper care! The 11/ 8” pad is avail­able in nat­u­ral and black wool, and is fully cus­tom­iz­a­ble with reg­u­lar, stamped, hair-on, or ex­oticwear leathers, cus­tom em­broi­dery, spots, crys­tals, and fringe. Hand­made in the USA! See The Rancher and the rest of the 5 Star line by vis­it­ing the web­site below. www.5stare­quine­prod­ucts.com; (870) 389-6328

JT In­ter­na­tional

JT In­ter­na­tional has been man­u­fac­tur­ing qual­ity tack and equip­ment for horses of all sizes at af­ford­able prices for 44 years. With horse­men mak­ing up the re­search and devel­op­ment staff, they know from ex­pe­ri­ence what rid­ers need. JT In­ter­na­tional’s in­no­va­tive prod­ucts make rid­ing safer, more com­pet­i­tive, and more fun no mat­ter how you choose to en­joy your equine friend.

The Tough 1 ® Elite In­su­lated Large Sad­dle Bag, a padded-ny­lon, in­su­lated sad­dle bag, is a great item to take out on the trail or while work­ing the ranch. It eas­ily holds a 12-pack of cans on each side. In­su­lated flaps cross over the top of the pocket be­fore the large out­side flap closes with “quick grip” clo­sure to keep your drinks cool and re­fresh­ing, yet it is also con­ve­nient and easy to get into from the sad­dle. A large can­tle bag with a zip­per clo­sure keeps im­por­tant items close at hand. Four dee rings se­cure this bag to your sad­dle.

JT In­ter­na­tional’s cat­a­logue of wide-rang­ing prod­ucts of­fers more than 1,200 items and count­ing. The com­pany’s prod­ucts are avail­able in all 50 states and more than 50 coun­tries around the world. Visit the web­site to see the next prod­uct you just can­not live without! www.tough1.com; (888) JTI-HORSE

Out­fit­ters Sup­ply, Inc.

Russ Bar­nett started Out­fit­ters Sup­ply in Columbia Falls, Mon­tana, more than 30 years ago to re­search, de­sign, and man­u­fac­ture high-qual­ity, func­tional gear for trail rid­ers and pack­ers. All Out­fit­ters Sup­ply equip­ment, in­clud­ing the TrailMax™ line, is field-tested in the rugged Mon­tana back­coun­try. Ev­ery prod­uct is de­signed to pro­vide bet­ter func­tion­al­ity and higher qual­ity than can be found on the mar­ket to­day.

All es­sen­tial trail and pack­ing items can be pur­chased from Out­fit­ters Sup­ply and its au­tho­rized deal­ers, from pack sad­dles and pan­niers to hob­bles and high­line kits. Sad­dle­bags are the com­pany’s spe­cialty, with styles rang­ing from premium Cavalry-style leather sad­dle­bags to light­weight sys­tems de­signed to carry sev­eral days’ worth of sup­plies.

The most pop­u­lar sad­dle­bags in the TrailMax line are the 500 Se­ries Sad­dle Pock­ets. De­signed to mix and match for the ul­ti­mate in or­ga­ni­za­tion, the weather-re­sis­tant, padded, at­trac­tive sad­dle pock­ets are highly durable and per­fect for a day on the trail. The outer fab­ric is 1680-de­nier rip­stop ny­lon, which is padded with closed-cell foam, lined with ny­lon, and fin­ished with weather-re­sis­tant zip­pers. Use the pieces in the 500 Se­ries sep­a­rately or to­gether.

Visit the Out­fit­ters Sup­ply web­site to shop on­line, re­quest a cat­a­log, and find out if a tack store near you car­ries Out­fit­ters Sup­ply and TrailMax prod­ucts. www.out­fit­terssup­ply.com; (888) 467-2256

Spe­cial­ized Sad­dles

Spe­cial­ized Sad­dles is known for their high-qual­ity cus­tom sad­dles, and now, with match­ing sad­dle bags, you can re­ally go down the trail in style! The new horn bag and sad­dle bags are cus­tom­iz­a­ble: Choose your leather color, tool­ing, and con­chos from a va­ri­ety of at­trac­tive col­ors and styles to match your sad­dle. There is also cus­tom tool­ing avail­able for brands, ini­tials, and names, or use them for awards and spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

This sad­dle bag puts a fi­nal touch to your cus­tom-made Spe­cial­ized Sad­dle. The re­sult is a look that is uniquely yours and highly func­tional, while you en­joy the com­fort of a sad­dle made just for you and your horse. At just 2.5 pounds, this bag is as stream­lined as your sad­dle. In keep­ing with the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to com­fort, 100% nat­u­ral fleece cush­ions pro­tect your horse’s back when the pack is full.

Spe­cial­ized Sad­dles has been mak­ing high qual­ity prod­ucts right here in the USA since 2000, and they are one of the lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of trail and gaited horse sad­dles — and now the sad­dle bags to go with them! Visit the web­site to­day to see the com­plete line of sad­dles and ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing bri­dles, breast col­lars, stir­rups, and more. www.spe­cial­ized­sad­dles.com; (915) 345-4130

Free Ride Western Safety Stir­rups

Ne­ces­sity of­ten brings about great in­ven­tions, and that is what hap­pened when Tim Har­vey was dragged and se­verely in­jured in a horse wreck. He wanted to switch to a safety stir­rup for his Western sad­dle, but he found all the ex­ist­ing mod­els were ei­ther pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive or made from cheap plas­tic. He de­cided to de­sign an af­ford­able and re­li­able Western safety stir­rup that was at­trac­tive and made to go on a Western sad­dle.

The Free Ride Western Safety Stir­rup is cast in air­craft-grade alu­minum and heat treated for dou­ble strength; all hard­ware is ma­rine grade. Each stir­rup is fit­ted with a non­slip rub­ber foot­pad and an EPDM pea­cock for quick re­lease in case of a fall. A leather keeper — which is cus­tom­iz­a­ble with nu­mer­ous stamps, mono­grams, or let­ter­ing op­tions and avail­able in four col­ors — main­tains the Western look and pro­tects the pea­cock from brush.

The Free Ride Western Safety Stir­rup is proudly made in the USA, patented, and un­con­di­tion­ally guar­an­teed against struc­tural fail­ure or break­age for life. Ride with ease know­ing the com­pany of­fers a 30-day money-back guar­an­tee: if you ride in the Free Ride Western Safety Stir­rups and do not like them, sim­ply send them back for a full re­fund. Ship­ping to the con­tigu­ous 48 states is free, and in­ter­na­tional ship­ping is avail­able. www.west­ern­safe­ty­s­tir­rups.com; (888) 279-1231

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