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HORSE JOURNAL

Some of our products have been tested independently by equestrian experts for the “Horse Journal” - The product, care and service guide for people who love horses!

The “Horse Journal” is published by Timothy H. Cole, Warner, New York.

Cynthia Foley, Editor-in-Chief and her team of expert riders have reported about the test results of our Western Breast Collar, Comfort Edge Design,  Western Contoured Cinches and Under-Blanket Pads (Western Blanket Liners) in the following issues of the Horse Journal:

 

WESTERN BREAST COLLAR

Horse Journal, Vol. 10, Number 9 - September 2003, p 3 - 7:

The test results and evaluations concluded that "if you want a Western look, Flint Saddlery's Breast Collar brings you the traditional design you desire with the comfort your horse needs".

Furthermore, it was established that "Comfort is definitely a priority with Flint Saddlery's breast collar".

 

 COMFORT EDGE DESIGN

(For Cinches & Girths)

Horse Journal, Vol. 9, Number 6 - June 2002, p 3 - 9:

“Out of 21 cinches tested, Flint Saddlery’s Comfort Edge cinches were testers’ favorites, especially the felt cinch.  We can easily recommend Flint Saddlery’s Hospital Felt cinch with the Comfort Edge design, which was a very popular cinch choice among our testers.”

“The For Winners Only Comfort Edge design cinch is a nice innovative cinch with a rolled-over edge that should please the neoprene crowd!”

 

CONTOURED WESTERN CINCHES

(Two-Piece)

Horse Journal, Vol. 5, Number 7 - July 1998, p 13 - 15:

“The material a cinch is made of matters - a lot.  Cinch felt is softer and more absorbent than hat felt, wicking away heat and moisture.”

“Our favorite felt cinch was from Flint Saddlery.  The only two-piece felt cinch [that detaches for easy cleaning]. Flint Saddlery’s contoured felt cinch design allows ample elbow room to prevent chafing.”

 

UNDER-BLANKET PADS

Horse Journal, Vol. 5, Number 9 - September 1998, p 16 - 17:

“We like to add blanket liner pads which shield our expensive/hard-to-clean saddle blankets from dirt and sweat.  The liner pad also protects the horse from burrs and impurities that can be found in wool-woven blankets.   Because blanket pads directly contact the horse, we would avoid materials that are abrasive.”

“We looked at 12 underpads and evaluated them for quality of materials, workmanship, ease of care, fit and price.”

“The Flint Saddlery pad offers almost everything we want:  price, comfort, thinness and quality.

We love the 1/4” thick pad from Flint Saddlery.  It is the perfect thickness and priced well.

The Flint Saddlery pad has three 3” ovals cut out of the mid-line of the pad to facilitate cooling of the horse’s back”

 

SADDLE / HORN BAGS

Horse Journal, Vol. 6, Number 8 - August 1999, cover page, p 7 - 17:

“Traditional Doesn’t Reign in Saddlebags - For everyday use, we like nylon insulated bags best”

“Saddlebags that flop, shift or slide can be uncomfortable for the horse as well as annoying to the rider....As for the rider, we want easy access from the saddle.”

“We felt the arrangement of Flint Saddlery’s #W6115 to be the best.  Lifting one flap allowed access to both compartments and a handy tab sewn on top of the center divider made flipping from one compartment to the other easy.”

“One of the toughest was the adjustable set from Flint Saddlery.  It can be taken up or let out across the back to accommodate different horses or to drop the bags lower when a sleeping bag is tied behind the saddle.   This set is fitted with straps for tying on a bedroll or jacket.  The pockets are waterproof and have substantial hook-and-loop fasteners.”

“Flint’s nylon saddle and horn bags have everything you might want, including a secure closure.”

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WESTERN HORSEMAN

Our Western Contoured Cinch has been tested independently by equestrian expert Mr. Richard Klimesh for the “Western Horseman” - World’s Leading Horse Magazine Since 1936.

 

CONTOURED WESTERN CINCHES

(Two-Piece)

Western Horseman, Vol. 64, Number 7, July 1999, p 122 - 123

“... hospital felt is an ideal material for cinch lining.  It is very absorbent and wicks moisture and heat away from the horse’s body instantly.  Unlike a polyester felt, which will slip on the horse, hospital felt grips the horse’s coat to reduce slippage.”

“... contour-style, cut back to allow more room for the horse’s legs.”

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