Equestrian attorney Allison J. Farrell and the Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC Equine Legal Team, based in Clarksburg, WV, are committed to serving horse owners, riders, and horse-related businesses throughout West Virginia (WV), Pennsylvania (PA), and Ohio (OH). As an added-value service, we have created a listing of locations in WV and surrounding states that offer equine supplies, including tack, equipment, and feed.
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is providing this listing of equine industry professionals as a courtesy; any equine industry professional can request to be listed here and the firm in no way endorses any of the following business, professionals, or their services. To have your equine business listed in our Resources clearinghouse, please contact Allison Farrell by phone at (304) 521-6120 or by email.
Where to Buy Horse Tack and Equine Supplies in WV, PA, and OH
If you are new to horse ownership or the equine industry, one of your first important steps will be to find equine suppliers with whom you can forge a relationship. Meanwhile, those long-entrenched in the equine industry also need to locate and patronize a new supplier from time to time. Deciding where to buy horse tack, equine supplies, and feed should involve some research into the sellers available, specifically what they offer, and where and how they obtain their horse gear or feed. Before you begin your search, read on for help identifying precisely what kinds of supplies and feed you need and want.
What Is Horse Tack?
The first step in deciding where to buy horse tack is determining exactly what products you need, and that involves a clear understanding of what falls into the category of “tack.” Horse tack is the equipment and accoutrements that are used on a horse for functional or ornamental purposes. Some examples of horse tack include the following:
- Boots and wraps
- Saddles and saddle accessories
English Horse Tack versus Western Horse Tack
If you are looking for horse tack and equipment, hopefully you have determined which riding style you will be primarily employing. There are many differences between the English and Western styles of riding, and the horse gear that is used for each style reflects those variations. From head to foot on both the rider and the horse, Eastern horse tack and Western horse tack have significant distinctions.
The most obvious differences in horse gear are probably in the dress of the rider. You can probably picture the formal attire of a show competition rider or jockey as opposed to the cowboy style of a barrel racer or trail rider.
The Western saddle is made with comfort in mind, so it is wider and larger, with more weight to it. The more streamlined style of an Eastern saddle allows the rider to have closer contact with the horse and maneuver more readily. English and Western riders also guide their horses differently, which requires variations in headgear, reins, and other equipment to accommodate the style of riding.
The Importance of Buying Quality Equine Supplies
The equipment you use on and around your horse has serious impacts on the health and well-being of the horse and the rider’s safety. It is wise to ask for recommendations of quality makers of horse gear from equine professionals you trust, like your trainer or instructor. Remember that a higher price does not always guarantee higher quality, and don’t discount used goods. A quality saddle bought used will likely serve you and the horse better than a cheap new one.
Quality and product knowledge are also important when it comes to horse feed. Horses have different nutritional needs based on various factors like age and lifestyle or use. An older horse may require supplements in addition to regular feeding, for example. Discuss your horse or horses’ specific needs with your equine veterinarian, then locate a provider or providers who offer the products you need.
Equine Supply Providers in WV, PA, and OH
Equine Supplies in WV
A Bit Above Saddlery, 5000 Green Bag Road, Morgantown, WV 26501
Chey-Nan’s Western Tack & More, 1942 Bowman Ridge Road, Glen Easton, WV 26039
Foster Feed, 202 Bland Street, Weston, WV 26452
Equine Supplies in PA
Lowry’s Western Shop, 935 Henderson Avenue (Route 18), Washington PA, 15301
Mill Hill Farm Supply, 161 Mill Hill Road, Williamsburg, PA 16693
Equine Supplies in OH
Elkins Creek Horse Camp & Tack Shop, LLC, 223 Township Road, 245 East, Pedro, Ohio 45659
Contact Us when You Need an Equestrian Attorney
Good luck tacking up and hitting the trail or the arena! And if you need an equestrian attorney to provide legal counsel or representation for a variety of equine legal matters, please consider the Equine Legal Team of Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC. We focus on equine law so you can get back to the joy of horses. Contact Allison J. Farrell and the team by calling (304) 521-6120 or completing this online contact form.
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is providing this listing of equine industry professionals as a courtesy; any equine industry professional can request to be listed here and the firm in no way endorses any of the following business, professionals, or their services. To have your equine business listed in our Resources clearinghouse, please contact [email protected].