Buckaroo John's Blog

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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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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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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The War Knot

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The Great Basin buckaroos have many customs handed down throughout the years, and one such custom is the "war knot." The war knot is also called the mustache knot. It is practical, in that it's purpose is to keep the tail out of the way during brandings, where it could easily get caught up in the rope, and also to keep the tail out of the mud or from getting tangled in brush. I know I'm not the only one that has looked back to see a large tumbleweed dragging from my horse's tail! The knot should always be taken...

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Cowboy Hats

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When you picture a cowboy, he is more than likely wearing a cowboy hat on his head. It is the iconic symbol of the cowboy and of the West. There are three main types of materials the hats are made from: straw, palm leaf and felt. Within each of these are low to high quality materials and craftsmanship. The number of X's on the band indicate the quality, be it mixtures of fur or weave of straw.  Straw hats are typically a hot weather hat, and provide decent ventilation on those scorching summer days. They are generally more affordable than...

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