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Saddle Strings

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Saddle strings are actually a very useful piece of your saddle, and anytime I have ridden in a saddle without saddle strings, I seem to have a need for them.  Saddle strings are the long pieces of leather that hang off a saddle, typically from the back of the saddle. They are used tie up items such as jackets, saddlebags, lariats and other types of gear. They are usually attached to the saddle by slotted conchos, a D-ring or an O-ring using a slit braid.  As with all things exposed to the elements, saddle strings can become worn. Buckaroo Leather has...

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The History of the Hackamore and Mecate

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The hackamore was used by the Vaquero's in the beginning for horse training.  The Vaquero's quickly learned that this piece of horse tack was a must for every day riding too. Today, the hackamore is wildly popular among natural horseman and women and horse riders still true to the Vaquero ways.The unique part of the hackamore is that it does not have a bit. It uses a braided noseband called a bosal. The bosal is a special type of noseband that works on pressure points on the horse's face, nose, and chin.  The mecate is the rein portion of the hackamore.The mecate is a...

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The Mecate Rein

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What is a mecate? The mecate is the rein portion of a hackamore, which is a type of headgear for the horse.  The unique part of the hackamore is that it does not have a bit, but uses a braided rawhide noseband called a bosal.  The bosal works on pressure points on the horse's face, nose, and chin. The mecate is a rope made from horse hair or soft feeling rope that serves as reins and lead rope, should one need. The Persians in 500 BC were one of the first to use a thick plaited noseband which was called...

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Winter Trailer Care

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Mother Nature says that winter is here in full force! While the current storm in the Sierra doesn't quite leave much time for scrubbing out your trailer, clear and sunny days are on the horizon.  All types of horse trailers will benefit from a good scrubbing, inside and out.  If you make sure that all waste and dirt are removed, it will help keep your trailer looking good for longer. Here are a few things you’ll want to do: Remove your floor mats, scrub them thoroughly.  Clean away all hay and manure, scrub your floor boards and rinse them clean, so...

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Moldy Leather?!

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I remember one really wet winter we had, where unless you had a covered arena, no one was riding. Once we had a few sunny days I happily went out to my trailer, where I stored my saddle and tack, eager to throw a leg over my mud clad gelding. However, much to my horror, when I opened the tack room door, my saddle and bridle were covered in mold.  Seeing my beautiful saddle and bridle covered in a layer of mold was devastating. However, it doesn't mean that your gear is ruined! While we don't seem to have any...

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