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Rain Rot

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Although it hasn't been the wettest winter we've experienced, there has been some rain. With wet weather can come a plethoras of equine health conditions, one of which being rain rot. Some will tell you that this winter that they can feel small lumps on their horse’s skin under their coat. Could it be rain rot? How can you tell? Dermatophilosis, otherwise known as rain rot or rain scald, is one of the most common skin infections seen in horses. It is caused by a bacterial infection and can often be mistaken for a fungal disease. The bacterial organism acts like...

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How to Rig Latigos and Off Side Billets

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We wanted to dust off this video back from 2008 and share with you how to rig your saddle's laitgo and off side billets. We all have a first time we've had to do this, and I'm sure each one of us has scratched our heads a time or two! Enjoy!  Head over to www.buckarooleather.com to view our selection of latigo and billets!

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Weighted Reins

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Quality weighted leather split reins are wonderful to use in in day to day life and also the show ring. However, more goes into making weighted leather split reins than one would assume.  As with all leather tack, selecting the right high quality, premium, and dense fibered leather is the first step. Hides have thicker areas, which are used as the weighted ends of the split reins. The reins are cut side by side, and no other materials are added to the ends to make them weighted. The heavier weight makes the ends swing less, and also provide a nice drape...

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The War Knot

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The Great Basin buckaroos have many customs handed down throughout the years, and one such custom is the "war knot." The war knot is also called the mustache knot. It is practical, in that it's purpose is to keep the tail out of the way during brandings, where it could easily get caught up in the rope, and also to keep the tail out of the mud or from getting tangled in brush. I know I'm not the only one that has looked back to see a large tumbleweed dragging from my horse's tail! The knot should always be taken...

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Trainer Spotlight: Sue Watkins

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The horse world certainly wouldn't be what it is if it weren't for trainers. Trainers can specialize in many aspects of horses and riding. Some are happier starting colts, others like to help the "problem" horses become respectable citizens, while others help with general riding, finesse, equitation and more.  We would like to introduce a trainer than many of you may know about, Sue Watkins: Susan Watkins a lifelong professional horsewoman who has trained and competed in most equine disciplines from Hunters to Ranch Roping, and is well recognized in the Working Equitation world, acquiring her foundation in the sport...

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