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+ What are some of Greenhawk's own private label brands?
+ What should I look for when buying a winter blanket?
+ What is denier and fill all about?
The fill or weight of a blanket is measured in grams per square meter. Fill provides insulation even when it gets wet or damp by trapping air and keeping body heat from escaping. A warmer blanket will have a higher fill or weight.
Always consult a knowledgeable horse person such as a coach or barn manager if you are unsure of what blanket to use on your horse as every horse is different!
+ What type of blanket do I use during what weather conditions?
Layer stable blankets under waterproof turnout with or without fill depending on temperature
+ What is the difference between standing and stall bandages?
Standing bandages are longer and wider (usually 6") as well as having less give and a tighter weave. They are better suited for shipping and as a general-purpose bandage. Stall bandages are narrower (usually 4") and more flexible and have a more concentrated effect because of their length and width.
+ What English style saddle would you suggest for someone just starting out to ride?
An All Purpose saddle is the most versatile and universal. The deep seat helps give a better sense of security. Our Supra, Vala or Thorowgood All Purpose models are an excellent all round model. The Maxim is ideal for beginners or casual riders, while the Griffin is terrific for more serious or advanced riders. Both are available in well-priced packages with all the fittings.
+ What is the difference between the blue and brown salt licks?
Blue salt licks contain cobalt while the brown contain trace minerals.
+ What equipment does my child need for camp if they have never ridden before?
What a new rider needs is very dependent on the individual camp itself. Most require riders to have paddock boots, a helmet and gloves. Occasionally camps may have helmets available for rent but hygiene is often a concern as is the safety of the helmet as history is unknown. Some may choose to ride in jeans but jodhpurs or breeches are often much more comfortable and provide more security. Half chaps provide extra grip when riding as well.
Check out Greenhawk's apparel packages for great buys on camp equipment!
+ How do I know if my saddle fits?
The best way to know if a saddle fits is to use a qualified saddle fitter. To get a general idea of whether or not a saddle may be suitable there are a few things to look for. With the saddle on your horse without a pad or girth, check to see if the pommel and cantle are level with one another. You should be able to see light if you look from the cantle towards the pommel as no part of the tree should be touching the horse's spine. The saddle should not pinch at the withers so ensure there is a minimum of 1" clearance between the withers and pommel. To make sure that it is not tight to the side of the withers or shoulders you should be able to slide your hand in between the saddle and the horse with only some resistance. Your saddle flaps should sit evenly on both sides, and the saddle should sit securely without a girth (not easily rock back and forth). Lastly ride with a clean saddle pad which can be inspected for uneven sweat marks which are often a sign of pressure points from a poorly fitting saddle.