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A Brief History of Pack Horses

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Pack horses (which can also be mules, donkeys or ponies) have been around for as long as the horse has been domesticated, however this blog post will focus on their history in North America.  During times when there were no established roadways, goods were hauled to remote locations by way of the pack horse.  Park horses were much more quick than wagon. Loads that would spoil, such as fruit, were sent via pack horses. Pack horses and pack strings were used by so many... Fur trappers: Miners: Native Americans: And even during times of war. The US Forest Service even had...

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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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Spring is Here!

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Spring is officially here.  The wildflowers are in bloom and the grasses are a beautiful green. The horses started blowing their coats and the weather has been absolutely perfect for riding. Before you spend your days in the saddle, take the time to go over your tack and your trailer so you know you’re prepared for riding season. First, let’s discuss tack. Pull everything out, take things apart and go over it. It’s helpful to take pictures of your gear fully assembled before disassembling. Check the tightness of any Chicago screws. Make sure all leather is cleaned and oiled. Is your...

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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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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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