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Mecate, Bosal, Hackamore Vaquero Tack

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The Mecate is the rein portion of the horse tack, called the Hackamore. The Hackamore is a type of headgear for horse training. 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 a rope made from horse hair, Alpaca fiber, or soft feeling rope that serves as reins and lead rope.The types of Hackamores include the Bosal and side pull. The Bosal Hackamore uses...

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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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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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Spurs and Spur Straps

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Spurs can be traced back to the Roman Legions of Julius Caesar . The Romans developed the spurs in order to have a way to steer their horses with their legs, while leaving their hands free to fight. These early spurs had a single sharp protrusion. The revolving rowel, used in western spurs today, probably originated in France.During the age of chivalry, spurs became a mark of rank. Gold or gilded spurs were only worn by knights or royalty. To further indicate their rank and prestige the knights would adorn their spurs with jewels, thus becoming works of art.In the...

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Winter Trailer Care

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Winter is here, and we have been given a few glorious sunny days, perfect for cleaning out your trailer (or scrapping the idea entirely and just going for a trail ride!). All types of horse trailers will benefit from a good scrubbing, inside and out.  If you make sure that all waste and dirt are removed, it will help keep your trailer looking good for longer. Here are a few things you’ll want to do: Remove your floor mats, scrub them thoroughly.  Clean away all hay and manure, scrub your floor boards and rinse them clean, so that the waste doesn’t...

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