From Endurance to Dressage
I've purchased a few of the items in the Tekna line and have been relatively happy with my purchases. Tekna makes saddles and other tack from a synthetic material that looks like leather and feels pretty close, but it's not exactly right.
I ordered the Tekna Breakaway Halter from Riding Warehouse. No matter what kind of English or Western tack you're looking for, the Riding Warehouse is an excellent first stop. They have a huge selection, solid customer service, and for those who live in California, the company is locally owned. The halter arrived within one day of shipping which is a benefit of buying locally.
I really wanted to give the halter a 10 right out of the box, but being the halter snob that I am, I found myself nitpicking small things. After some use, I hope that I find that my initial impression was biased by my snobbery. Right now, I'd give the halter an 8.5.
Fit: I ordered the halter in Cob, but it comes in Pony and Horse sizes. Arabians are notoriously hard to fit, and Speedy is no exception. While he has a classical Arabian profile, it's certainly not extreme. Horse-sized bridles and halters tend to overwhelm him, while cob-sized pieces tend to be a bit clunky for his more petite muzzle. This halter fit the way I suspected it would, a bit too loose around the muzzle.
I think with some regular use, the nose piece should start to mold itself into a rounder shape. For horses with a larger muzzle, this is probably a great alternative to expensive leather halters. I'm keeping the halter as it is nicely made. I especially like that maintenance is easy. Just wipe it with a damp cloth; no conditioning needed!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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