Buckaroo John's Blog — leather

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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Spring Cleaning

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Spring is here!  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 hardware free of rust or oxidization? Go over all stitching. Is anything brittle or fraying? A tack failure can be catastrophic, so I personally find a peace of mind by going over everything with a critical eye....

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Western Breast Collars

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The purpose of a breast collar is to prevent the saddle from sliding backwards on your horse’s back. Saddle fit is obviously very important, but it’s nice to have the security and peace of mind a breast collar provides, especially when climbing hills, packing, roping or branding. The style of breast collar you decide to use will be based upon the type of riding you do and personal preference. The wider the breast collar is, the more the pressure is dispersed across the chest. Here are a few styles of breast collars and a few types of riding they are...

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