Most horses only wear three basic things for riding: a saddle, a saddle pad/blanket, and a bridle. Of course, the choices for each (and related accessories such as a breastcollar) are nearly limitless - and that’s not to say that their humans limit themselves to buying just these three things!
A road horse, however, requires more. In addition to these three basic components, Apollo wears boots, bells, a fly sheet or quarter sheet (depending on the season), and several saddle bags to hold our travel supplies.
Check out my video about his gear ( Horse Travel 101: What Apollo Wears
https://youtu.be/lQC8JbygO9g ) for a full explanation of each piece of tack and gear!
And also check out this video that shows it all getting put on - “Horse Travel 101: The Road Horse’s Guide to Saddling” https://youtu.be/T1Pk_igS9G8
Here is a complete list of the tack and other gear that Apollo wears. This list does not include anything that is IN the bags. You’ll have to wait for a later post for those details! Please note that many of these are Amazon affiliate links.
On Apollo’s head
Bridle: Zilco Deluxe Endurance halter-bridle headstall https://amzn.to/2NEPVsF
Reins: Zilco Woven Endurance Reins https://amzn.to/2ZyOZsq
Noseband: Art by Destiny http://www.artbydestiny.com/
Safety Information: Rescue Facts Identification for Animals http://www.equestrisafe.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=54
Halter: black rope halter https://amzn.to/2MKVxSN
Lead rope: with quick release snap https://amzn.to/2ZDxoDs
Fly bonnet (not shown in video): Crochet fly bonnet with tassels https://amzn.to/2zvomtI
On Apollo’s back:
Saddle pad: http://www.equipedic.com/
Cinch: Alpaca-mohair roper cinch https://amzn.to/34cHpa6
Shoo-fly: Horse hair tassel with ring https://amzn.to/2L3ECc2
Fly sheet: Cashel Quiet Ride Bug Armor https://amzn.to/2L6ZG1f
Saddle bags: Trailmax Large Overnighter Saddlebags https://amzn.to/2zAhJpP
Hanging bags: Sea to Summit Large Drysacks https://amzn.to/2MLam7E
Water bottle: Kleen Kanteen stainless steel https://amzn.to/2MJZOFZ
On Apollo’s legs and hooves:
Boots: Cavallo ELB https://amzn.to/2ZyUHOX
Boot liners: Cavallo pastern wraps https://amzn.to/2ZDCdbP
Bells: Ghungroo leather ankle bells https://amzn.to/2NFgcr5