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Conchos and Buckles

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A beautiful way to make your tack stand out is to add some bling! Buckaroo Leather sells a variety of conchos and buckles to make an already beautiful piece of leather pop!  Some of our conchos and buckles are hand engraved, while some are machine stamped. We also have bright silver or pieces that have been antiqued, for those who like a more vintage look.  

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Custom Award Tack

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Did you know that we have customized and personalized award tack available for just about any equestrian group, club, sport and discipline?  We have hair on bags, spur straps, wither straps, breast collars and slobber straps, and more. You can have your logo or event name laser engraved in the leather, making your tack specific to each event. Here are a few examples of what we can do: Is there anything we can help you or your group with this year? Give us a call or email us and we'll design just the right thing for you!

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Rough Out Saddles and Tack

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A popular type of saddle is a rough-out leather saddle. These saddles are popular for many reasons, including functionality for working cowboys. Let’s talk leather…Leather saddles are made from heavy hides known as saddle skirting. Skirting comes in different weights, or thickness, and grades, which is the quality. The thickest skirting is used for the heavy wear areas such as the fenders, stirrup leathers and seats. Skirting has two distinct sides – the grain side, which is smooth, and the flesh side, which is rough. A saddle can be made with either side facing out as the finished side. Most...

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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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Chaps and Chinks

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Chaps, short for chaparajos, were originally worn by cowboys as protective garments.  Chaps are now used for both decorative and practical reasons.  Chaps originated in the countries of Spain and Mexico. Riders wore them while working cattle, as they formed a protective shield over the rider’s legs and the horse's chest. While serving those purposes quite well, they were bulky and hard to work with; which is when today’s chaps were developed. There are several types of chaps.  Originally, the most common type of chaps were batwings. These consisted of an outer layer of leather, typically they had three clasps...

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