Buckaroo John's Blog

Air Quality and Horses

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This summer has been absolutely brutal for those of us in the west. The fires are ravaging the land and we solemnly watch in disbelief as fire after fire pops up. Even those of us not near fires are effected by the immense amount of smoke covering what seems to be from the Pacific Ocean all the way out to the middle of Nevada, from the border of Mexico all the way up to Canada.  Many are wondering how the smoke effects their horses, either in their daily life or in their work and training. Below is a guideline from...

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How to Tie a Mecate on your Hackamore Rawhide Bosal

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Watch this video and learn how to tie a mecate on your rawhide bosal just like the Vaqueros (cowboys) of the old west. This particular "rig" was the favorite of the Californio Vaqueros when starting young horses for head set and control, before they were moved in to the bridle. In this video you can watch Buckaroo John from Buckaroo Leather Products walk you thru how to tie the mecate to suit your needs and size.Buckaroo John starts with a basic rawhide bosal and the cowboy harness leather hanger headstall. This headstall does not have hardware, just a basic wrap around tie in...

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Slide Ear and Browband Headstalls

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As you shop in a tack store, or are on-line browsing the many styles of headstalls available, have you ever wondered what the purpose of a slide ear headstall is?  Ever wondered why you would want to choose a slide ear headstall versus a browband style headstall? Is it all about fashion or is it all about function? Is it both? We will look at both types of headstalls. The first consideration is the type of bit you will be using with your headstall.  Each type of bit has a different action and different effect on the headstall.  When a...

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For the Love of Mules

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I saw a post this morning, where someone asked the question, "mules or horses?" While this is a great question, I just wanted to focus today's blog post on mules and why they are loved by many. Mules are a cross between a male donkey and a female horse. As with all genetics, one can produce smaller mules, or larger, draft sized mules.  Mules are a hybrid, and are known for being easier to keep than a horse. They are heartier, more surefooted, and have solid hooves that generally don't require shoeing.  Mules are smart, which can be mistaken for...

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Etta Place

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"They're beginning to get on my nerves. Who are those guys?"...A quote from Butch Cassidy played by Paul Newman in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  This is a classic quote from a movie about two "infamous" outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker (Butch Cassidy) and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh (Sundance Kid). Both were well known members of the gang "The Wild Bunch". But what of the young women we see with Butch Cassidy and Sundance? Who was she? Her name was Etta Place or maybe it was really Ethel, Eva, Rita or Ethel Bishop. There have been many theories on...

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