Horse Isle 3 – getting your first set of tack

There’s one thing I hear over and over as new people arrive in the Infinite Wilds.  “Where can I buy some tack?”  “How do I get tack?”  “Do you have any tack?”

You see, just as in real life, you can ride without tack – but you tend to fall off a lot.  A whole lot.  And every time you fall off, you have to get them going again.  It’s a lot easier with tack.  If you just have a bridle, the horse is easier to guide and you can ride a little faster.  With just a saddle and pad, you fall off less but are still slow.  With just a pad, it looks pretty and that’s about it.  Except a horse won’t wear a saddle without a pad.  I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t either.

It’s not so hard to get tack, especially now that enough clubs and ranches have been built that some people are selling sets.  You’ll need some money, though, so you might want to refer to my “making money” guide.  For the best deals, go to a club that has a Shopping Board and search for tack.  It’s toward the bottom of the list.  Hint:  My club, TigerTon, has one, and here’s what you’re looking for.

shopping board

They can be found in most clubs but I know for a fact that there’s one in mine!  It’s always best to look there before buying anything, since it tells you where you can get the best price, and what club the store is in as well.

Now, if you’d rather do things yourself, you will need a workshop, a textile shed, and a furnace as well as the right raw materials.  You can get by with just a workshop if you buy the other items pre-made.  It’s generally better to just make everything yourself though, and then you can go into business selling tack and other items as well.

crafting sheds

Here are all the raw materials you will need for a basic set of tack, and where you find them or how you make them.

Saddle

6 leather – peel them from the sides of giant red capped mushrooms in Wondershroom Biome

2 wood – pick up logs or cut down trees

2 wool – buy wool at the Importer (can find one at TigerTon)

1 iron – buy it at player shops, or can gather iron ore yourself in caves under the Sandstone biome.  You don’t need special equipment, and the iron looks like a big boulder on the ground.  Click it to see it fly apart, bring it up to the surface, and smelt it in your Furnace.

The ore sort of looks like the picture to the right.

Bridle

1 leather

1 iron

Saddle pad

2 bolts of linen – pick flax in Alpine or Savanna biomes, then weave them in your textile shed

4 wool

 

A basic set of Western tack looks like this:

basic tack.PNG

It’s pretty plain, though, and needs to be dyed.  Luckily, that’s not hard to do!  There are other tack items you can make, things like tail bows, ear bonnets, and polo wraps.

Update: English tack are now available, as are Monotone Tack (they are all one color) and Ornate Tack.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about making dyes to color that fine equipment!

 

Interested in joining? 

Click HERE or go to the HI3 site and put in my user ID, 1023.   If you ever choose to get a subscription, and you can earn enough to do that in-game without using real money, you’ll be rewarded with 10 Esroh Essence (good for more energy) and 1000 gold dust to help you get started!

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