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The Indian Hackamore

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The Indian Hackamore is a unique piece of equipment, and it's 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...

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Winter Trailer Care

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While this winter is much more gentle than last year, it's still winter! Rain, snow, ice and all things cold. While the weather has been quite lovely and you'd rather be out riding, it is important to prep those trailers before winter REALLY hits.  All types of horse trailers will benefit from a good scrubbing, inside and out.  If you make sure that all waste and dirt are removed, it will help keep your trailer looking good for longer. Here are a few things you’ll want to do: Remove your floor mats, scrub them thoroughly.  Clean away all hay and...

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Benefits of a Bitless Sidepull

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In the world of horses there are seemingly endless opinions on how to do almost anything and everything, including (but not limited to!) riding with a bit versus riding bitless. Knowing this, we at Buckaroo Leather we strive to provide our customers with options, which is why we carry bridles, hackamores and our bitless sidepull.      There are some benefits to riding without a bit, and we would like to discuss some of those benefits. Some horses may have anxiety with a bit for a number of reasons, such as poor prior handling or maybe because the horse is naturally...

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Getting Ready for Winter

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The ponies are starting to get fuzzy, nights are getting downright chilly, and the days are getting shorter. When you have livestock, your life is effected by the seasons. Coming into fall and winter could mean colic and frozen water troughs. Here are some things we thought about to prepare for the upcoming months. You horse should be starting to grow his winter coat. Some grow much more impressive coats than others, and some can withstand the elements much better than others. Do your research on the pros and cons of blanketing. Even though I personally don't blanket, I have...

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The Four Key Points to Look for When Purchasing Leather Horse Tack

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There are four key points to look for when purchasing leather tack that we would like to share with you! We believe in producing gear, and we view your tack purchase as an investment into the longevity of your gear and safety of your ride. Start with the feel of the leather: Is the leather soft and supple? You want to avoid purchasing tack that feels dry because the quality will be subpar. If you bend the leather and you see it starting to crack it is useless and may become very dangerous when riding. It should be bendable, soft...

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