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  • Bit Basics

    Understanding the importance of materials in the mouthpiece of your bits is a huge key to how successful you will be at getting the most out of your horse’s performance. There are many options for bits and not all horses like the same mouthpiece. Granted, sometimes it’s not the bit but whose hands the bit is in that can ultimately determine if the horse is responsive or accepting. Generally, a good sign that a horse has accepted its bit is the way he carries his head. A horse that is “soft” or accepting of the bit is flexing at the poll, relaxed at the jaw, and not mouthing the bit. Some common behaviors for not accepting the bit include head-tossing, chewing, or gaping mouth. If [...]

  • IF IT AIN'T BROKE...

    IF IT AIN'T BROKE...

    don't replace it!

    Each bit and spur is hand build through the initial machining down to the hand engraved initials. Through the years Tom has acquired many pieces of equipment to help make the bit and spur building process more efficient - for bending, drilling, and cutting the raw metal. Each piece of equipment has lived a little life before making it to our shop, and is put through rigorous use as it is manned by Tom, Sam, Justin, and Ryan. Here you can see a glimpse of the larger machines in the main fabrication room. This is where the the stock material coming in starts [...]

  • ARE YOU A HORSE PERSON?

    ARE YOU A HORSE PERSON?

    We love this great list from Pro Equine Grooms and want to share it with you here.

    "-You speak horse.  You understand how their brains work, how to read their body language, and how to influence and train their behavior in positive ways.  Giant, thick books on the topic have been written, you have memorized them all, and you still learn each and every day about how horses communicate by observing and interacting with horses.
    -You also speak human.  All this horse knowledge is useless if you can’t “play nice” [...]

  • Anatomy of a spur

    SPUR

     

    Button: This is the part the slips into the spur straps to hold them on the spur.

    Swing Arm: The swing arm hold the button to the heelband and, if hinged, allows for some movement. Bronc spurs typically have the spur bottom directly on the heelband and do not have a swing arm.

    Heelband: The heelband is the part the slides onto the back of your boot. It is sized to fit the rider [...]

  • A History of Sheridan WYO Rodeo

    One of the biggest events to hit Sheridan every year is the Sheridan WYO Rodeo! The upcoming dates are July 11th - 17th, 2016.

    A History, by Tom Ringley (sited from sheridanwyorodeo.com)

    In 1931, the small town of Sheridan, Wyoming, was so quiet you could “shoot a shotgun down Main Street and have no fear of injuring anyone.” A group of local citizens wanted to do something about the situation and decided to put on a rodeo. They set their sights high and organized [...]

  • A Bit of Advice from Gina Miles

    A Bit of Advice from Gina Miles

    Olympic three-day eventer Gina Miles shares 10 tips for selecting an appropriate bit.

    By Holly Caccamise | December 2013 - This article originally appeared in the August 2011 issue of Horse Illustrated. Click here to subscribe.

    Selecting the correct bit is one of the most important parts of training y [...]

  • KEEPING YOU IN BITS AND SPUR

    KEEPING YOU IN BITS AND SPURS

    Have you bits or spurs by this weekend!

    We try to keep a moderate stock that is ready to ship out today! If you are looking for a particular combination we might have it already built up. The stock in our gift shop is always changing with purchases and new builds.

    To see if we have what you want in stock please call 307-672-8459 or email sales@tombalding.com. Thanks!

     

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  • THE NEW ADVANTAGE SHANKS

    THE NEW ADVANTAGE SHANKS

    After being hounded for a heavier shank, Tom came up the long and short Advantage shank. Tom used a heavy 3/8" stainless material for the shanks, adding considerable weight resulting in a better feel and faster response without changing our legendary balance. Any of the Advantage combinations are offered at $175. They are offered in two shank lengths; long 8 1/4" and short 7" with a satin finished stainless. If you would like a black, brown, or dots finish the price would be $275.

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  • A NOTE FROM THE TOM BALDING BITS & SPURS FAMILY

    A NOTE FROM THE TOM BALDING BITS & SPURS FAMILY

    Being part of the Tom Balding Bits & Spurs team is being part of a family. You feel loved and valued from the moment you walk in the door and are greeted with smiles, to the moment you are sent off for the day with well wishes for a good evening. Personal hardships are surrounded with support and personal accomplishments are celebrated.

    Each member of the team shares Tom's passion for the outdoors, family, community, and personal growth. The office and shop are not open over holidays or weekends, but instead the time is encouraged towards exploring the world, growing personal hobbie [...]

  • WHAT WE'RE MADE OF

    What we're made of

    Understanding the materials used in your horse's bits

     

    When we put something in our mouth it has a distinctive flavor and creates a reaction in us. We might spit it out, find it somewhat bland, or savor the flavor as long as possible. Your horse's mouth also reacts to a mouthpiece's different materials. Below is a quick and dirty list of materials used in bit mouthpieces and how they effect your horse. Please keep in mind that these are statements based on the majority and do not always apply to all horses. Just [...]

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