headshot of light n lena in his turnout
Photo courtesy of SDP Buffalo Ranch

Light N Lena (2000-2018)

The first time I saw Light N Lena was in 2006, when he and Phil Rapp made the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals at the Brazos Bash. I remember as clear as day my first impression of him, with that beautiful flaxen mane and tail flowing and sweeping around in the pen. He had a look, style […]
Dennis Moreland on taking care of tack

Does Your Tack Need Some TLC?

If someone asked, could you easily pick out some of your favorite pieces of tack hanging in your tack room? Maybe it’s your go-to set of split reins (http://bit.ly/DMTackReins) that fit your hands just right and have developed the perfect level of feel over the years. It could be a trophy headstall (http://bit.ly/Headstalls) you won […]
Sunrise at SDP Buffalo Ranch

What Does Your Future Hold?

This morning, while enjoying my first cup of coffee, I Google searched for an article on planning for your future. The results gave me several options, of course, but the one that caught my eye was on Huffington Post, contributed by Jay Lickus. The title was “7 Serious Questions to Plan Your Future,” and the […]
Hy Rey Bound intermediate champion award

A Champion’s Mind

Do you want to be a champion? Do you want to be the greatest? Well, me too! How do we get there? There is a cool book by Dr. Jim Afremow called “The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive.” This book breaks down the mental strategies that champions use on the field, […]
Boots with spurs that fit

The Scoop on Spurs: How to Make Sure Your Spurs Fit Correctly

Spurs are a very popular piece of riding equipment, and when used correctly they can be a highly effective aid in cueing your horse. Spurs can come in all kinds of sizes, styles, and can even have special custom attributes added on to personalize them. According to Dennis Moreland Tack, the one thing that all […]
Breast Collar fit diagram

The Benefits of a Properly Fitted Breast Collar

Over time breast collars have generally become considered an optional item on a saddle according to Dennis Moreland at Dennis Moreland Tack. However, if you ride in disciplines where horses make quick stops and turns with powerful acceleration out of the turns, such as cow horse, barrel racing or roping, to name a few, you […]
Shane plummer horseback

Free to Choose

Last week, I showed one of my favorite cutting horses at the Brazos Bash in the Derby Non-Pro. I walked onto the arena floor, went through my pre-show ritual—which consists of stretching to the left, stretching to the right, touch my toes, touch my toes—and then I got on my horse. As I sat there […]
Craig Schmersal standing by horse

Tips for Hauling Your Horses

With futurity season in full swing, I thought I would talk to you about what I do when hauling horses long distances to shows. First and foremost, all of my trucks and trailers get full inspections before we take road trips. This includes checking all the bearings and tires on everything. We run heavy-duty tires […]
Saddles throughout history

Iron, Oxbows, and Dog Houses: The History of the Stirrup

Have you ever tried riding without your feet in the stirrups, perhaps to practice on balance or leg position? While it can be useful to practice form and position if done safely, there is no doubt that when you take the stirrups away you begin to realize just how much you might depend on them […]