Tack is equipment or accessories used on horses and ponies, such as saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, and harnesses. When you get a horse or pony ready to perform a job or to be ridden, it is called tacking up. A room that stores tack is called a tack room.

Learn to name the parts of the saddle and parts of the saddle under the flap. Read about types of horse & pony saddles and see examples of specialized saddles.

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Parts of the Saddle

Parts of the Saddle

Parts of the Saddle Under the Flap

Parts of the saddle under the flap

Types of Saddles

All Purpose Saddle

All Purpose Saddles are English-style saddles. They are a cross between jumping saddles and dressage saddles. They are a good choice for a first saddle so you can try out different riding sports.

Western Saddle

Western saddles are used in western riding sports such as barrel racing, cutting, rodeos. They are the preferred saddle for dude ranches and some trail riders.

Specialized Saddles

Jumping Saddle

Jumping saddles are also referred to as "close contact" or "forward seat" saddles. They are designed for riding hunters, jumpers, foxhunting, and the jumping phases of eventing. This type of saddle has a forward flap, often with supportive knee rolls, and a low pommel so the saddle does not interfere with the rider’s position over jumps.

Dressage Saddle

A saddle used in the sport of dressage that has a deep seat, a long flap for the leg, and long stirrups. Dressage saddles have longer billets and use a shorter girth than other types of English saddles. This minimizes the straps and buckles underneath the rider's legs and allow for a closer feel to the horse.

Polo Saddle

Polo saddles are English-style, close contact saddles used in the sport of polo. These saddles have flat flaps with very little padding, have no knee roles, and often do not have a flap under the billets.

Endurance Saddle

Endurance saddles are built to be comfortable for both the horse and rider over long distances.

Australian Stock Saddle

The Australian Stock Saddle is built for comfort with a deep seat. They may have a small horn and can also be called a “Poley”.

Saddle Seat Saddle

The Saddle Seat Saddle is used on gaited horses such as Tennessee Walkers and Saddlebreds.They are also called a “Lane Fox” or “Park" saddles. These saddles have a big flat seat, larger flaps and place the rider's seat back with their legs in front of their body.


A Sidesaddle allows a rider (usually female) to sit aside rather than astride a horse. Sitting aside dates back to ancient times and originated in Europe in the Middle Ages as a way for women in skirts to ride a horse.

Racing Saddle

Racing saddles are used in racing. They are designed to be thin and light weight. These saddles place the jockey high over the horses withers and neck with very short stirrups.


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