Buckaroo John's Blog

A Thanksgiving Thought

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I wrote this last year for Thanksgiving, but wanted to share it again this year:   Well, here we are. Thanksgiving week of 2020. What a year. I'm not sure of a single person I know that wasn't effected by 2020 and all it entailed. Jobs were lost. Homes were lost. Businesses closed doors and sadly, some never reopened. People were scared. People hated. People divided. People struggled. However, in it all was beauty. Did you see it? Did you feel it? If not, do you remember how to find it? In the midst of all that encompassed 2020, and...

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Buckaroo Leather and Hermann Oak Leather

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Years ago when the Brand family decided to manufacture quality leather western style horse tack and accessories, the decision was made to begin with the highest quality leather available.  Our decision to choose only the finest American leather led us to engage Hermann Oak Leather to be our major supplier. Lewis Charles Hermann started tanning in St. Louis in 1881 to handle the local harness trade and to supply the wagon trains of settlers traveling west along the Lewis and Clark trails. The tannery grew, and Fred Hermann Sr. joined the company in 1907. He proceeded to supply leather for our...

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Western Reins

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There are several types of Western Reins.  The type of riding you like to do and what type of headstall and bit or bitless bridle, hackamore, etc., that you use will determine your rein choice.  Of course, personal preference will factor into your decision as well.  Let’s look at some of the options available.  Split Reins Split reins are usually 8’ in length.  They are single pieces of leather which are connected to the bit by loops which are tied, connected by Chicago screws or quick change, swivel and snap closures.  They typically come in 1/ 2”, 3/4”,  5/8” and...

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Halloween

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Happy Halloween! We always enjoy seeing the creativity (and brokenness of horse!) that goes into these costumes. Here a few fun and scary ones! First we have a vintage photograph of horses and riders in skeleton costumes, making me firmly believe that Halloween in the past was far more creepy than it is nowadays!   This is Incredible!!    This is terrifying. A Nazgul from Lord of the Rings.    Dragons and fairies DO exist! PS can we appreciate that paint job?   The evil Cruella de Vil, just missing the other 100 Dalmatians.   Personally, I LOVE this one!  ...

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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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