Buckaroo John's Blog

Let 'er Buck, Son!

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Just what are bucking rolls and what is their purpose? Bucking rolls are two padded pouches that are added to the front of the saddle seat. Most bucking rolls are filled with wool, trimmed from bark-tanned sheepskin. Bucking rolls supplement the swells on a saddle and help a rider stay secure in the saddle. They are designed to be used with slick fork saddles, which have very little width to their swells. Modern day bucking rolls seem to have had their start in the late 19th century in the Northwest.  Early models were made of a tube-like construction that extended from...

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The Git Down Rope

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Many working cowboy ranches embrace the traditions of the Old West Vaqueros. These cowboy ranches use traditional Vaquero horse tack and teach the Vaquero ways of horse training and horsemanship.  In keeping with this traditional Vaquero style, the git down rope, or "the get down rope," has become popular with not only the working cowboy ranches, but the casual riders following the Vaquero style as well. The git down rope is also very popular in the competitive ranch classes at rodeos and horse shows. These horse competitions demand the use of this rope as well as the bosalito.  Traditional cowboys used the git...

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Cinches

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The cinch (girth) has been in use for nearly 3000 years. The cinch made an appearance around 700 B.C. in the Middle East when Assyrian warriors added straps to their decorative saddle cloths. In western riding, the girth is referred to as a cinch. The cinch is a piece of horse tack used to keep the western saddle in place on the horse. The purpose of the cinch is to anchor the saddle to the horse as comfortably as possible.  The cinch should not interfere with the horse’s action. The cinch passes under the barrel of the horse. It attaches...

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The Four Key Points to Look for When Purchasing Leather Horse Tack

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There are four key points to look for when purchasing leather tack that we would like to share with you! We believe in producing gear, and we view your tack purchase as an investment into the longevity of your gear and safety of your ride. Start with the feel of the leather: Is the leather soft and supple? You want to avoid purchasing tack that feels dry because the quality will be subpar. If you bend the leather and you see it starting to crack it is useless and may become very dangerous when riding. It should be bendable, soft...

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Handbags, Purses and Duffles, Oh My!

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              We humans have always had the need to carry items. Nomadic lifestyles required bundling items, coins required coin purses or satchels. There was even a time where women carried their belongings in pockets underneath their skirts.  However, as function and fashioned progressed, so did the handbag! Instead of solely being for purpose, bags started having style, and the personality of the person carrying the bag was able to make an appearance.     Today there are so many styles of bags, from small purses, to cross body bags, messenger bags, duffle bags, clutches and...

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