On-the-Trail Gear Guide
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 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 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