Monday, May 30, 2005

"Tack" from "Tackle"?

Got a question regarding terminology:

My neighbor adamently disagrees with me that the word "tack", referring to horse
equipment and tools, comes from the longer term "tackle". I've known this since
I rode as a child, when my father took me to tackle shops, or we put our saddles
up in the tack room.
The words are used alternately - am I correct?

And I answered back:

Sorry, but I'd have to say your neighbor is correct-- it looks possible that 'tack' was derived from 'tackle', but today horse people refer to their equiptment as 'tack'. I did a Google search and found very few relevant results for "horse tackle"-- just a handful and mostly by non-horse websites.

I don't know what part of the world you are in, but in some places the terminology is different-- for example, a 'Grulla' colored horse here in the US might be a 'blue dun' in the UK. However, if "tackle" was used in other parts of the world, I'd expect to see it more widely used online. It is possibly that 'tackle' as used more often in the past and has been shortened to 'tack' in more recent years.

I looked up "tack" in the American Heritage Dictionary online, and it says "short for tackle" under the horse definition.

If anyone has any suggestions or additional info on this, feel free to comment.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Natural Dewormers?

Got an email with an interesting question. If you know the answer, or have any suggestions, please post a reply!!

"First off I want to say how much I like your site and find many things that I love to do and share with others. Thank you.

I was wondering if there is any natural or old time dewormers that work or help to keep the worm population down. I had found some on the internet but did not bookmark it and now I can not find any. Thank you for your time. The kids love you site. SO does out horse club."

Monday, May 09, 2005

Lack of updates

Sorry for the lack of updates on the site, blog, etc.
I have not been where I can get internet access.... my laptop is having a problem and it may be a week or two before I can get it fixed. You can still send me content etc. which I will sort through when everything is back up & running.