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Have you ever wondered how to measure your horse for a hackamore? Dennis Moreland, owner of Dennis Moreland Tack, says it’s one of the most common questions he gets. “It’s also confusing just where on the nose to measure” says Dennis. In this tack tip we’ll focus on measuring for a Texas style hackamore with a hackamore rein There are many varieties available but the technique will work for any Texas style hackamore with a noseband and heel knot.

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No matter how well you care for your equipment something can always break – usually just before you’re about to compete or when you’re out on the trail. It can be a worn or broken tie string on a rein, headstall attachment to the bit or the cinch hobble strap between the front and back cinches. The failure of any of these can bring about a wreck.


What to look for with Dennis Moreland Tack.

Years ago I was leaning on a fence watching a cutting. A friend of mine who is a professional trainer was entering the arena and getting ready to head to the herd to make his first cut. Before he got to the timeline he realized his stirrups were a bit short so he stepped off to adjust them. When he got around to the right side of his horse and lifted the stirrup up he saw that the Dee ring on his saddle had worn almost entirely through his latigo. He had less than half an inch of leather holding his saddle on! That was a close call and could have been a bad, bad wreck.


Help Prevent Cinch Sores


Have you ever had problems with cinch sores or galls? Most of us have. Cinch sores seem to be especially problematic on small horses and those without prominent withers.

How to Hold the 2 Rein


Using the 2 Rein, also called Double Rein, is a time proven training method to transition a young horse from a hackamore to straight up in the bridle.

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We’ve all saddled a horse while it’s tied to the inside of an arena or to a fence or trailer. But have you ever seen halters hanging from the inside of an arena, still tied to the wall, while riders are working their horses in the same arena? Have you ever seen halters and leads in a pile on the ground with people walking or riding around them? These practices can lead to serious accidents. Putting halters and leads outside the arena (or any area where you’re riding) is extremely easy to do and could keep you, your friends and your horses from having an accident.



Would you like a headstall that’s extremely comfortable for your horse and simple to use? How about one that was designed by one of the best horseman that ever lived? Watch while NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and earner of over 1.4 million dollars Matt Budge of Budge Performance Horses tells us why he uses the Dennis Moreland Tack Doubled and Stitched Slot Ear Headstall on all his horses.

A Look at Snaffle Types with Dennis Moreland Tack


A snaffle bit is defined as a bit that works without leverage. It is most commonly made with a jointed (or broken) mouthpiece. Three common types of snaffles used in western training are the D Ring (A), the Eggbutt (B) and the O Ring (C). It’s easy to think all 3 of these snaffles work in the same way if they have the same mouthpiece but when we break it down they actually have very different actions. If we take a closer look we can see where each one might help a colt learn to respond to the pull better than another as training progresses.


The 2017 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Reserve Champion Luke Jones, of Luke Jones Performance Horses, uses the Chuck Frazier Sidepull in all aspects of his cow horse training program. The Chuck Frazier is similar to other sidepulls, like those we start our colts in. But in addition to the noseband it’s designed with shanks, a curb and a bit hobble.



A mecate is a rein made of a single piece of rope, usually twisted horse hair or nylon. It is used on hackamores (bosals) and snaffles and is attached in a specific manner to each. The knot used to attach the mecate to a hackamore is also used to adjust the size of the hackamore noseband by taking more or less wraps of the mecate around the base of the noseband just in front of the heel knot. Mecates are attached to snaffle bits with slobber straps


If you ride a cutter you may already be using this technique to shorten your reins in the herd. If you watch cutting events you’ve seen riders clutch their reins in one hand as they’re separating the cow they want to cut. Do you wonder what they’re doing with their hand? In this video Matt Budge of Matt Budge Performance Horses shows us how to shorten and lengthen our reins instantly with only one hand.



Tiedown straps are used to connect nosebands, headsetters, and various other pieces of equipment to the cinch. If a tiedown is used without a tiedown hobble your horse can accidentally step on or across the tiedown if he lowers his head. We’ve all had that unexpected experience of a horse lowering his head at lightning speed to grab at a green patch of grass! When this happens and your horse steps on or across the tiedown it can’t raise its head. Since he can’t lift his head he may panic and rear and this can cause a wreck.


Secrets to Bosalita Use

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Maintaining a soft mouth in a horse is every horseman’s and horsewoman’s goal. Once a horse is ready to transition from a hackamore or snaffle into a bit with shanks the 2 Rein Outfit can be used.

DMT SnaffleBridle “Do you want a snaffle bridle that will fit your smaller colts correctly” asks Dennis Moreland Tack? Do you like to use only dense, tight fibered leather equipment on your horses so your signals run smoothly through the leather to the horse?


DMT LOGO Have you checked your latigo for wear and tear lately? If it’s time to purchase a new latigo you may want to attach it to your saddle dee with the same knot custom saddle makers use! This video will show you how.


If you’re having any kind of resistance issues with your horse the first thing to do is get your horse’s mouth and teeth checked says Dennis Moreland Tack. Dental care is imperative for top performance as well as the health and comfort of your horse. Horses need routine dental care every 6 months. More frequently if an issue arises. It goes without saying that a horse with pain in its mouth is likely to have resistance issues.


How to Tie Saddle Strings Up


Do you wish you didn’t have to pull your saddle strings out from under your saddle every time you cinch up? Saddle strings are handy to have when you need them but they’re a nuisance when you don’t.


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If you hate tripping over your breast collar or latigo when you’re carrying your saddle follow along. We’ll show you a few tips for making unsaddling and carrying your saddle a whole lot easier.



We commonly see California bosals or hackamores in a variety of diameters from 3/8 inch up to ¾ or 1 inch. It’s hard to know which diameter should be used and when to transition to a different diameter.


How to Adjust a Snaffle Bridle

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For safety, proper function and your horses comfort you want to make sure your bridle is adjusted properly regardless of the type bit you’re using.

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