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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Building Blocks for Breaking-In

Building Blocks for Breaking-In

Groundwork with Oakley Today, again we did some mouthing work on Oakley, he is taking to it like a duck to water. I suppose one of the great benefits of working so closely with a horse as it grows up does pay off! I have developed a great relationship with Oakley and am so proud to...
Is it a Bit Issue?

Is it a Bit Issue?

I’m a huge fan of smooth, ‘soft’, snaffle bits and think that if you cannot control your horse in a snaffle bit then you may consider getting your horse re-trained or even taking more drastic measures ie. Ride a different horse you can control in a snaffle bit. I have always ridden Baxter in a...
The 'Hot Head' of Thoroughbreds

The ‘Hot Head’ of Thoroughbreds

Today I set up a shade shelter next to the arena, the flapping tent proved to be a serious worry for Baxter! Baxter showed his anxious racing day personality, which comes out from time to time and makes achieving relaxation and focus very hard with him! How to deal with anxiety when riding a thoroughbred?...
Eventing Cinic Excitement ~ Aadom SHS

Eventing Cinic Excitement ~ Aadom SHS

An eventing day with a difference! Baxter and I attended our clinic yesterday, run by Aadom Sporthorse Stud and the amazing Allison Domney. The day started with the usual pack up and float load, Baxter was so excited we were going on an adventure he practically ran onto the float! On with the two hour...
Aadom Eventing Clinic Time!!

Aadom Eventing Clinic Time!!

I’m so excited… This Sunday the 18th March I have an Eventing Clinic at Brookleigh with the fabulous Allison Domney from Aadom Sporthorse Stud! Clinic Checklist: Jumping and dressage saddle Bridle boots for Baxter helmet Lunch Gloves, jodhpurs, crop Horse feed for the trip Rugs to keep comfy when we’re not riding Camera Mind on...
Stitching The Way Through a Hot Day

Stitching The Way Through a Hot Day

Feeding, rugging and picking hooves is about as close as I have come to being out and about with the ‘lads’ this week with some seriously high temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit!) melting away each day. So to make the most of indoors I’ve tried my hand at repairing rugs that Baxter...
Yee Haa!

Yee Haa!

So… I’ve been a little slack on the blog front! A little re-cap of my last two weeks of horse escapades will cover all the fun! HORSING AROUND QUAIRADING Our first get together for the year was held today! A great day out to catch up about our own progress with our horses and share...
NBL Player 'Shaq' Get's a New Hobby!!

NBL Player ‘Shaq’ Get’s a New Hobby!!

This basketball player is the coolest!! Great little story… basically, Shaquille O’Niel or ‘Shaq’, a seriously big name in NBL, has bought a MASSIVE 19.5hh Percheron horse (to keep up with his height!) as he decided he wanted to learn to ride. All the best and have fun I say!!!
Flatwork Routines and Jumping Away!

Flatwork Routines and Jumping Away!

We’ve had some great rides lately so I thought I’d better do some updates! We’ve also finally got out to the jumping yard to get flying… some pictures just for fun! Ride 1 We started with a light warm-up and some bending to loosen up and stretch Baxters neck muscles and body. On a loose...
Back on Track

Back on Track

Getting back into the swing of training is where Oakley and I are up to… Oakley’s hoof is now completely healed and he is back to his cheeky self, as well as having grown another 1/2hh taller, Oakley and I set out on the beautiful twilight evening. As we have had a few months of...
Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

On days like today, where temperatures are SOARING… sunny Quairading is up to 41 degrees celsius today, I though it would be good to have a bit of a look into keeping our four legged friends hydrated and cool!! Click into this article – ‘Too Hot to Trot’ from the Horse Channel, it looks into dehydration, symptoms,...
Horses in the House!

Horses in the House!

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