chaps throughout history

The History of Chaps – Part One

Whether you call them chaps, leggings, bat wings, woolies, or chinks, the different styles of leather leg coverings are an important part of a cowboy’s gear according to Dennis Moreland of Dennis Moreland Tack. Derived from the Spanish chaparreras, they protect a rider’s legs from brush, thorns and the elements. Different leathers cut in various […]
Craig Schmersal reining horses

How I Start My 2-Year-Old Horses

Hi All!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed mine with lots of family and friends. For me, it’s a great time of year to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. As many of you are starting 2-year-olds, I thought I would touch on a few things I do […]
foal running at SDP Buffalo Ranch

Off to the Races

In the “real” world, winter is settling in and people are surviving until the sun comes again and spring is officially here. But, in the horse breeding world, January is a time of wonder. Some time after the first of January, we look forward to the fruits of our labor from the previous year as […]
SDP Buffalo Ranch entrance

Exciting Times

The new year is here, and we are all full of hope and inspiration. We’re setting goals and running as fast as we can into 2019 to reach them. Along with that, for me, it is a time to reflect. 2019 … WOW! Where does the time go? This is my fourth year with SDP Buffalo […]
Dennis Moreland explaining how to clean a saddle

Double Duty: How to Clean Your Saddle and Check for Wear

Keeping leather tack in good condition is critical for safety and helps to keep the communication between you and your horse at top level. At Dennis Moreland Tack, we understand the amount of care that goes into making sure tack works like it should, which is why we recommend frequently checking your tack and cleaning it […]
Shane Plummer standing with grandfather and family

Embrace the Suck

There’s an interesting title for this blog entry, but it has been on my mind a lot these last couple weeks. “Embrace the suck” is a commonly used term in the military. Basically, it means to do what needs be done, no matter how pointless, lame or tiring the task seems. For the elite in […]
Dennis Moreland Tsck

The Selection and Use of Performance Horse Spurs

First developed during the time of the Roman Empire and brought to North America by the Spanish vaqueros, spurs are a popular piece of riding equipment across multiple disciplines and serve as a valuable tool to communicate with your horse when used correctly. Dennis Moreland Tack asked Chris and Sarah Dawson, of Dawson Performance Horses […]
Shane Plummer with family sitting on Santa's lap for Christmas

It’s OK to Believe

Last week, after some Futurity fatigue, my wife, Jane, and I were invited by my parents to spend a few days with them, my brother and his wife in New York City. It was really great to spend some quality time with all of them. We had prearranged plans to attend a few Broadway plays. How […]
Dennis Moreland demonstrating how to attach spur straps

Safety Made Simple: How to Attach Spur Straps with Button Covers

Along with a properly fitting spur (http://bit.ly/2J38bro), a good, durable spur strap is an important part of making sure your spurs are secure and allowing you to communicate with your horse correctly. Along with being durable and dependable, all the spur straps (http://bit.ly/1XZHV1R) at Dennis Moreland Tack are made with an important safety feature: The […]
PG Heavily Armed showing at the cutting futurity

There’s a New Gun in Town

Today, I feel impressed to share with my readers the freakishly amazing run that James Payne had on PG Heavily Armed last week in the second round of the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Finals. They marked an ASTOUNDING 232! Check this out: My hat’s off to James and his whole crew. Wow! […]