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Vaquero Style Alpaca & 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! Alpaca and 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 alpaca or mane hair mecates:...

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The History of the Hackamore and Mecate

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The hackamore was used by the Vaquero's in the beginning for horse training.  The Vaquero's quickly learned that this piece of horse tack was a must for every day riding too. Today, the hackamore is wildly popular among natural horseman and women and horse riders still true to the Vaquero ways.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 the rein portion of the hackamore.The mecate is a...

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The Code of the West...a living Code of Cowboys

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The Code of the West, an unwritten law known and obeyed by all Cowboys in the Old West survives today. The Cowboys of today, working the ranches and cattle still live the Code of the West. Below are some of the rules and examples of the Code of the West... The Code of the West Although ranchers and cowboys were individuals, they nevertheless behaved, or pretended to behave, by an unwritten set of rules that came to be known collectively as the code of the West. The code was a sort of frontier version of the Golden Rule. A cattleman...

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What is the Indian Hackamore

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The Indian Hackamore is a unique piece of equipment. Its popularity is growing in the bitless riding world and with natural horsemanship. This very unique and gentle bosal is called an “Indian Hackamore”. The nose is flat instead of round. The chin portion widens and narrows to fit most any size head. The action is most like riding with a halter, but with more communication and control. The ends that connect to the reins are crossed so when you pull on the right rein the pressure goes under the jaw and around to the opposite side, to bring the horse’s...

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Why We Use Quality USA Raised & Cured Cowhides

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Years ago when the Brand family decided to manufacture quality leather,western style horse tack and accessories the decision was made to begin with the best quality leather available. Our decision to choose only the finest American leather led usto engage Hermann Oak Leather to be our major supplier. Lewis Charles Hermann started tanning in St. Louis in 1881 to handle the local harness trade and to supply the wagon trains of settlers, traveling west along the Lewis and Clark trails. The tannery grew, and Fred Hermann Sr. joined the company in 1907. He proceeded to supply leather for our soldiers throughout both...

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