An equestrian journey in outback Australia and more!

Welcome to Our Blog ~ Tack and Tail!

Welcome to Our Blog ~ Tack and Tail!

Tack and Tail will take you on a journey of owning, training and breaking in horses from outback Australia. The diverse ‘herd’ consists of a 4.5 year old stock horse cross (Oakley), 3.5 year old welsh pony (Harley), 10 year old off the track thoroughbred (Baxter) and 17 year old Arabian...
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The Grand National Story of Crisp

The Grand National Story of Crisp

The Grand National is one of the most famous races in the world and it is one which has a history of unforgettable moments and incidents. Always near the top of the list, if not number one itself, is the story of Crisp – the Australian-bred chasing superstar who almost defied logic in the 1973...
Keep On Keeping On!

Keep On Keeping On!

A fractured pelvis, strained tendon, severed leg and weird swollen lymph gland cant stop my enthusiasm for horses so I’m pretty sure nothing will!!! What a massive four months of injury, heartache and healing we have had. Things can always be worse and I am a strong believer in taking the good with the bad...
Training Joy and Creaky Bones

Training Joy and Creaky Bones

Time flies and we come a long way since I last posted on Oakley!! We have had some training woes and minor battles and some huge positive steps forward. Our balance at walk, trot and canter has improved dramatically and I have been keeping on with obstacles as well as training to leg yield and...
Taking Courage to Another Level

Taking Courage to Another Level

Riding takes some serious courage, though no matter how many bucks, trips, baulks or falls I have endured nothing comes close to what steeplechase riders and horses manage from race to race. The upcoming Grand National Horse Race is known for being the world’s greatest steeplechase and is one of the most famous in the...
Movember - EQUINE STYLE!

Movember – EQUINE STYLE!

So Kadill cannot grow a ‘mo’ but check this video out… who knew horses could grow such impressive moustaches’!!! Such a great cause!
Next Step - Contact With the Bit

Next Step – Contact With the Bit

With months of trail riding and testing our bravery over banks, in water and out and about, I decided to start our journey into some more rigorous training by firstly, and gently attempting to obtain some contact on the bit with Oakley. Here are some snaps of Oakley and I and our very early attempts...
Spring!

Spring!

Love this time of the year…
History Repeated

History Repeated

Just for fun… this is me in my early years and now, my son…
Taking Horse Photography to a New Level...

Taking Horse Photography to a New Level…

These photos by Andrew McGibbon are really impressive, love them!! Check out the whole collection HERE   Images Courtesy of Andrew McGibbon Website
Paddock Party!

Paddock Party!

The most beautiful day. Rain just seems to make everything better, paddocks are getting greener and puddles are everywhere… so Oakley and I made the most of it! Continuing Oakley’s training, today we worked on more obstacles including water, logs, dam banks and moving around sheep. We tested each gait and Oakley is improving his...
Reiki... A Handy Solution?

Reiki… A Handy Solution?

Jan Barley is a Reiki practitioner; when she touches your horse, she gets results. The eyes close. Muscles start twitching under the skin. Hooves twitch. There’s some involuntary chewing motions. Sometimes the horse’s head will flop right onto the floor. “Horses get so relaxed during treatment, very much at peace,” says Barley. “Sometimes the owner...
'Splish Splash'...

‘Splish Splash’…

I tackled water for the first time with Oakley today… the first few steps were hesitant but with reassurance and persistent re-direction to face the super sized puddle we walked in! I got a tad worried with Oakley’s pawing in the puddle that he wanted to roll in it (with me on his back!) rather...
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