Like many people, I rely heavily on the internet to provide me with references for horses and tack. But I also like to have pictures in hand. My numerous horse books are excellent sources for pictures and information. And I’ve discovered a great way to acquire tack references- for free!
Some tack companies that put out catalogs will send you one, free of charge, in the hope that you will buy something. If you don’t buy anything, they’ll stop mailing after one of two, but that gives you lots of reference to look at and leaf through for ideas and inspiration.
Want to request a catalog? Here are some options:
Since I’ve been cutting down on clutter, I wanted to go through my catalogs and organize the references that I really wanted. So I cut out and sorted the pictures I wanted, and then stuck them to old photo album sheets. You can get these for cheap at Goodwill, although you may have to buy the album that holds them too. I just find the cheapest album with the most sheets (I use them for recipes, too).
Here’s one for the many varieties of figure eight nosebands:
Thank you to Jennifer Buxton for pointing out that I goofed I grouped figure eight nosebands and flash nosebands together under one heading.
Now I can keep these in a binder and have the organized references at my finger tips when I need them, and without the excess pages of wormers and helmets and other such that I don’t need to keep around.