DMT shank

What Is a Shank and a Purchase?

DMT shankIt's easy to see all the parts of a bit by laying the mouthpiece across your outstretched fingers and letting the bit hang. This is also a nice way to see how the bit is balanced. The butt of the mouthpiece is where the mouthpiece attaches to the shanks. This is also the point of balance in a bit.

DMT 2rein

Do You Use The 2 Rein In Your Training Program?

DMT 2reinDennis Moreland Tack 2 ReinThe 2 Rein outfit has two sets of reins used together to transition a horse from the hackamore to bridle. One set is attached to the bosalita (narrow bosal) that is worn under the bridle. The other is attached to the bit.

The Dennis Moreland Tack Starting Bosal

DMTbosalDennis Moreland Tack Starting Bosal"After the colts get to coming around with the snaffle bit, they can be double reined into the hackamore. Double reining is to put both the hackamore and snaffle on at the same time. Both the reins are used at the same time and gradually the hackamore reins are used more than the snaffle bit reins, until the colt gets used to turning on the hackamore reins entirely.*"


What Are Naturally Weighted Reins?

reinsA weighted rein refers to a rein that is heavier on one or both ends. Naturally weighted reins are cut from hides that are specifically chosen for their weights and thicknesses. No extra leather or additional materials are added to the them. Notice in the picture the difference in the thicknesses of the tail, center and bit ends of this pair of reins.


What Is a Fiador?

fiadorA fiador is a safety device or keeper that is similar to a throatlatch on a bridle but is used in conjunction with a hackamore to make certain the hackamore stays securely on the horse's head. A horse in a hackamore with fiador can always be led or tied without risk of the hackamore being scratched or pulled off.


How To Attach Spur Straps With Button Covers To Your Spurs

DMTspurbuttonsAll the spur straps at Dennis Moreland Tack are made with an important safety feature: the inside spur button is covered with a thin leather teardrop so you won’t catch your buttons on each other or on your jeans and trip. This is important especially when doing any kind of ground work with your horses, colts or cattle!


What’s Wrong Here?

DMTbrowbandThere are several things wrong in this photo, but the most important problem is the lack of a browband and throatlatch on this headstall with snaffle. The crown piece has slipped back on the neck causing pressure on the snaffle resulting in a gapping mouth with many wrinkles at the corners. If you look closely you’ll see the rider has no pressure on the reins, this problem is entirely due to a malfunctioning headstall.


A Practical Guide to Hanging Split Reins

DMTsplitreinsOne of the most important aids you use to communicate with your horse is your bridle reins. It’s nice to have reins that hang freely when you’re ready to ride. Your horse will appreciate it as much as you do! This is an easy, efficient way to hang your bridle and it keeps your reins untangled and flowing smoothly so you’re always ready to ride!

What’s Your Opinion on Wrinkles?

Do you prefer adjusting your bridle to get 1, 2 or more wrinkles at the corners of your horse’s mouth (B or C) or do you prefer no wrinkles (A) from the bit?