The Difference From Open-Cell and Closed-Cell Saddle Pads

January 28, 2007 on 7:59 pm | In Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

What is fhe difference between an “open-cell” and a “closed-cell” saddle pad? Saddle pads manufactured with “closed-cell” materials are generally not breathable. The exception is when the closed-cell material is perforated with tiny holes so that air is allowed to get through. The biggest problem with “closed-cell” pads is that the horse’s skin cannot breathe underneath it. Horse hair follicles need to have air to breathe or they and the skin cells will die. Putting a “closed-cell” pad on a horse is compared to putting a plastic bag on the horse. Sweat and heat build up underneath the pad, causing a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause acute skin irritation. Saddle pads made with “open-cell” technology are breathable and have the ability to wick moisture and heat away fron the horse, lessening the chance for bacteria to build up in the animal’s coat or for overheating. However “open-cell” pads will become heavy with moisture during a long ride, making it necessary to hang them up to dry before the next use.

This is why my two top picks are Reinsman “100% Wool Felt” and Reinsman “Tacky Too.” There are differences in manufactures wool felt. Reinsman uses on of the highest quality on the market today. Reinsman also uses a contour design for a great fit. Reinsman “Tacky Too” is a soft non-slip material that is anti-bacterial, ventilated and deceptively tough and durable. It does not pull or collect the horse’s hair nor does it trap heat or sweat. It helps reduce sore backs and saddle roll. They have a great selection of 100% New Zealand wool blankets for the top of this pad. For more information on these pads click here if you would like to purchase these blankets or check out all the Navajo colors and patterns click here

         Mark M.C.

         Diamond Ranch 

Did You Hear

January 27, 2007 on 7:40 pm | In Cowboy Fun Stuff | No Comments

file003.jpg I heard that some states were going to outlaw the large round bales of hay. I checked up on this and they said some of the horse owners believed their horses were not getting a square meal.    HA HA !!!!! 

             Mark     M.C. Diamond Ranch 

January 23, 2007 on 4:17 am | In Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments


This 8′ 3/4″ Parachute Cord with Knots is our “Number One Seller” barrel rein. If you like the feel of the braided parachute cord with the knots but you don’t like the stretching of that total braided rein you will like this one. The nylon ends eliminates the stretching problem and makes it easier to adjust the length. It comes in a large selection of nylon and cord color combinations and can be ordered in 9’ or 10’ long. This is a really great rein!!! Check them out or purchase them at we work hard to ensure you we have a top quality product. The fit, quality and workmanship with a competitive price; check out all our products at                

Mark Allen

Did You Know

January 18, 2007 on 4:01 pm | In Cowboy Fun Stuff | No Comments

Did you know … how many steps are involved in tanning a quality piece of leather to make a saddle or bridle? The answer is between 11 and 13 steps, depending on what finish is desired. The process takes anywhere from one to six weeks to complete. The amount of time is determined by the tannage and the results required. Softer leather takes less time to make, as it is usually chrome tanned, while firmer leather is usually vegetable tanned and takes much longer, especially for the heavier, saddle weight leathers. If you take into account the amount of tie the leather is handled during each step, you see how time and labor intensive it is to make a piece of leather.

M.C. Diamond Ranch

The “Best” fitting and durable nylon halter you can buy.

January 15, 2007 on 11:09 pm | In Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

halt.gif     Our Halter  Brandx    Brand X Halter  

First the fit on our halter; the throat latch is back behind the jaw. This feature is one of my favorites, when a horse pulls back  the pull is behind the jaw and the poll, not on the nose not like brand X. The slider adjustment underneath and incorporating this with the buckle allows this fit. Double buckles on the noseband keeps the halter balanced. If your horse likes to pull back when he is tied up you will like this feature.
 Next, we eliminated the cast hardware at the squares. This makes this halter stronger and lighter than the other. The (stainless steel) drop dees are used for cross tying. The cast hardware that most use is not made for strength pulling from that angle. This halter also has a adjustable nose. They improved this feature over most halters. They use double buckles so the ring will be in the center rather than sliding back and forth. This keeps the halter fitting correctly. The nylon, its one of the highest quality USA nylon on the market today with a large color choice to pick from. “CHECK THIS HALTER OUT AT .


Did you know the origin of the word tack?

January 15, 2007 on 6:43 pm | In Cowboy Fun Stuff | No Comments

Tack is actually believed to be a shorting of the word tackle, which has been in common use since about the 1200’s. Tackle was used when referring to any type of gear or equipment, and most commonly associated back then with fishing and sailing. It even became the short name a biscuit known as hardtack, used in years gone by as a kind of food gear. Tack came into use in the equestrian industry around 1924, and for our reference, a kind of equipment that is used for riding and driving horses.


The Better Neoprene Bit Guard

January 11, 2007 on 10:36 pm | In Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

    We have sold this neoprene bit guard for years and once our customers have used them they see the difference. It is simple “The Way Velcro Should Be” instead of that little strap of Velcro we use a half moon shape peace, which covers the entire slot. This keeps the mouthpiece in the center of the bit guard instead of working up the slot plus holds together longer. Check them out or purchase them at we work hard to ensure you we have top a quality product. The fit, quality and workmanship with a competitive price check out all our products at

          Thank You,

          Mark Allen

The Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules

January 10, 2007 on 11:40 pm | In Cowboy Fun Stuff | No Comments

Good advice for little cowboys and cowgirls, or big ones. Or the whole human, race for that matter. “Roy Rogers he’ll always be King of the Cowboys”

Be neat and clean

Be courteous and polite

Always obey your parents

Protect the weak and help them

Be brave but never take chances

Study hard and learn all you can

Be kid to animals and care for them

Eat all your food and never waste any

Love God and go to Sunday school regularly

Always respect our flag, and our country

 Mark Allen 

Cowboy Quotes

January 10, 2007 on 8:51 pm | In Cowboy Fun Stuff | No Comments

 Will Rogers Quotes:

  • Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco. 

  • Always drink upstream from the herd. 

  • There’s two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works. 

  • Never miss a good chance to shut up. 

  • We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. 

  • Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. 

  • If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. 

  • I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they now do. 

  • The best way out of a difficulty is through it. 

  • There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence. 

  • What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds. 

  • Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock. 

  • An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh. 

  • If you’re riding’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there. 

Wonder Bit with Tiny Twisted Mouth

January 10, 2007 on 7:38 pm | In A Bit of Information | No Comments

We had an email asking about the Wonder Bit with the tiny twisted mouth this one at A trainer had recommended this bit and asked what we thought of it. This bit needs a horse with a lot of rate. The reason being: the cheek allows the mouthpiece to move forward when reins are pulled, giving time for a horse to think before curb and mouthpiece tighten. With this slow reaction, and the short shank, it just does not have a lot of “whoa”. If your horse needs bend (around the barrel) this bit works great. The same reason of the slow reaction will help your horse with bend “flexing”. When you start your turn and pull on the inside rein you are working on that side of the mouth without putting much pressure on the other. The mouthpiece in this bit I would use if I needed to pick up the shoulder on the horse it adds a lot of lift. So if your horse needs bend, has rate, and needs to pick up his shoulder I would give this bit a try.

              Mark Allen

              M.C. Diamond Ranch

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