HORSE BOWS – There are a variety of “horse bows” on the market, and several different styles to choose from, including Mongolian, Korean, and Hungarian just to name a few. Do your research and consider your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask your fellow horse archers and instructors for their recommendation, just keep in mind that everyone has their own preferences. Compound bows are strictly prohibited in horseback archery. Take time to choose the bow that is right for YOU!
I’m proud to be a sponsored athlete of Artisan Bowyer, Attila Keresztes, and encourage you try his amazing custom bows! Attila has recently designed and built a modern American Horse Bow, called the “Sky Dog.” I’ve been using this particular bow for over a year now, and absolutely love how fast and accurate it is! The Vadleány, a Hungarian Horse Bow, is also one of the best-selling horse bows that Attila makes. www.attilasarchery.com
Here’s a few economical bows that are great for training, beginners, and desensitizing your horse:
If you’re serious about pursuing horse archery as a recreational hobby or competitive sport, you’ll want to consider investing in a stronger, better quality bow that is geared towards the mounted archer:
- Attila’s Archery (Handcrafted Custom Bows)
- Korean Bow Black Shadow (Avg price of $250, can be ordered for 15-60lb draw weights)
- Korean Bow Nomad KTB (Avg price of $220, can be ordered for 15-60lb draw weight)
- Korean Guru Youth Bow (Avg price of $170, can be ordered for 15-29lb draw weight)
- 3 Rivers Archery (Traditional archery supplies)
ARROWS – Carbon or wood arrows with a 500-600 spines and feather fletching are preferred for horseback archery. Here are a few arrow types that I recommend, all of which can be purchased from either Hunter’s Friend, Lancaster Archery, 3 Rivers Archery, or your local Cabela’s.
- Victory Venus Youth Arrows (600 spine)
- Victory Ares Youth Arrows (500 spine)
- Gold Tip Warrior Fletched Arrow
- Gold Tip Traditional Wooden Arrows
- Fleetwood Carbon Arrows
TARGETS – You’ll be surprised at what you’ll come up with to use for targets! Always keep safety as a priority, and consider the area in which you are shooting. Large round hay bales make perfect archery targets, as do square bales set up appropriately. If you want to purchase something a little more “professional” looking, consider the Youth Bag Targets that can be found at Cabela’s, Tractor Supply Company, and usually any other outdoor sports equipment store. These are portable, fairly lightweight targets that are great for practice and average between $25-45 each.
- Cabela’s Little Archers Youth Target
- American Whitetail 80cm Tough Archery Target Face
- The Block Genz Youth Target
- Morrell NASP Youth Archery Bag Target
- American Whitetail School Practice Cube
Targets used for rankings and competitions MUST be the standard 80cm in size. There are a huge variety of target types out there, including paper target faces, polypropylene/outdoor weather resistant, cardboard, and more. If you’re interested in horseback field archery, you’ll really have fun shopping for 3D archery targets, although they can be quite pricey! Here’s just a few of our personal favorites:
- Maple Leaf 80cm Waterproof FITA Target Face
- Morrell 80cm Polypropeline Target Face
- Hips 36” Target with 80cm Target Face
- Rinehart NASP Archery Target
- GlenDale Buck 3D Target
ARM GUARDS – Most traditional archery arm guards are made of leather, but there are several out there that come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles! You can pick one up at WalMart or Academy Sports for as little at $5.99 or if you’d prefer a fancier leather guard, prices can range anywhere from $29 on up to $75 and more.