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Fourth of July

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Happy Fourth of July, from all of us at Buckaroo Leather!

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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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Chuck Wagons and Cookies

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The chuck wagon was invented in 1866, when Texas rancher Charles Goodnight converted an old army-surplus Studebaker wagon into a mobile kitchen to feed cowboys while driving cattle from Texas to New Mexico.  The wagon itself carried everything you could possibly need. A Dutch oven was important for cooking, along with food such as beans, salted meat, sourdough biscuits, dry fruit, a water barrel, guns, ammo, farrier supplies, ropes, lanterns, firewood, kerosene, slickers, bandages, coffee, tobacco and alcohol. If a cowboy or calf was injured, they would ride in the back of the chuck wagon. The second highest ranking cowboy...

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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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Night Latch

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Now I know you've all been a hairy situation on a horse where suddenly you're channeling your inner Lane Frost. Most riders try to balance themselves on a bucker or crow hopper by the reins, which isn't the most ideal. Cowboys of the old west had what is called a night latch for just those situations.  A night latch is a safety strap that was made out of rope, leather, or even an old belt, which is attached to the saddle to help you stay on an out of control horse. You are using the strap to form a loop to...

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