The horsefriendly business and website were launched in June of 1997 when I was on maternity leave from my day job. My husband, Mike Benack, and I had two amazing Arabian horses. We were boarding our horses with Deb Cooper, a 4 star Parelli Natural Horsemanship Instructor. We loved the marine rope tack used in Natural Horsemanship, but it was very expensive. Mike knew how to splice marine rope. I learned to make a simple rope halter from an article in Western Horsemen. Later I took apart a halter, diagrammed the Fiador knot and learned to tie one myself. I became a self-taught web designer and launched horsefriendly. It has been a labor of love. We have sold our rope tack all over the world. I send a big shout out to all our customers who have supported us over all these years.
Check out our new and improved website. The tackshop at tackshop.horsefriendly.com is easier to navigate with pull down menus. The page design is updated and more colorful. Let us know what you think.