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Mounted Patrol Gear

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Did you know that Buckaroo Leather proudly makes tack for Mounted Patrol? In our eyes, the men, women and horses that make up Mounted Patrol are a special bunch. The horses go through rigorous training before being out on the streets, taking on crowd control, riots, protestors, and making friends with the horse lovers of the community, regardless of age. To our Mounted Patrol Units, we appreciate your service and all you do! Buckaroo Leather can outfit the whole unit, making tack for all horses and drafts. Head on over to www.buckarooleather.com for contact and ordering information!

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A Brief History of the Reata

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The reata (or riata) was a long braided rawhide rope used by the early Mexican Vaqueros and was no doubt first introduced into Mexico by the Spanish conquerors. Reata is from the Spanish word "reatar," meaning "to retie," or "to rope," which ties one animal to another. Though the word reata is often used to refer to any rope, the genuine Vaquero reata was and is a special item. It was usually 40 to 80 feet long and made from twisted strands of rawhide. The finest riatas used rawhide strands, cut by experts, from the primest part of several young heifer...

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Vaquero Style Mane Hair Mecates

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A new mecate is pretty, but an old mecate is beautiful. All of the hair prickles are worn off, so the pattern is very crisp and distinct. The colors are still as bright as the day it was made. There may be dander and dirt, showing where it has rubbed many a horse's neck, but that just gives it character!   Mane hair mecates are a natural alternative to synthetic fiber mecates. They are comparable in price, and yet have a longer usable life. Below is a simple list of the benefits of having mane hair mecates: Mane hair is...

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Rodeo Women of the 1800's

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Most women of the 1800's learned to ride out of necessity from helping on the ranch and practicing the skills of the range. From an early age, women could stay in the saddle, break a bronc and rope a steer. In the late 1800's, the younger horsewomen began competing against males in a yearly gathering of herds -which progressed into participating in rodeo's. The first rodeos began in the mid-1800 when thousands of cattle and horses were driven to town for the yearly round-up. The cowboys were eager for relaxation and would compete in tests of skills like roping, breaking horses,...

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The Gus and the El Dorado

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Introducing our two new hats, the Gus and the El Dorado: The Gus! This style is named after a main character, Gus, in the classic movie, Lonesome Dove. 7X - 4” brim palm leaf Atwood The Gus Hat. 5” crown. This Palm Gus Cowboy hat is the style you've been looking for. Straight out of Lonesome Dove!!  To change shape, all you have to do is wet it with clean hands and shape to any style you want, and when dry, it will stay in that shape. Leather sweat band inside.. nice western palm hat  Also now available custom leather hat bands...

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