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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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Western Reins

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There are several types of Western Reins.  The type of riding you like to do and what type of headstall and bit or bitless bridle, hackamore, etc., that you use will determine your rein choice.  Of course, personal preference will factor into your decision as well.  Let’s look at some of the options available.  Split Reins Split reins are usually 8’ in length.  They are single pieces of leather which are connected to the bit by loops which are tied, connected by Chicago screws or quick change, swivel and snap closures.  They typically come in 1/ 2”, 3/4”,  5/8” and...

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Caring for Rawhide

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If you have fallen in love with the Vaquero style of tack and riding, you've most certainly seen rawhide. If you've never looked into the art of rawhide braiding, I strongly recommend doing so, as it is rumored to be a dying art form and will give you an immense amount of appreciation for the time and talent that goes into making pieces. Rawhide can be used as accents on bridles, reins and breast collars. It is used for bosals and even entire bridles and rein sets. They are treasures to see and to own, and one must care for...

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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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The Cowboy Code of the West

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First chronicled by the famous western writer, Zane Grey, in his 1934 novel The Code of the West, no "written" code ever actually existed. However, the hardy pioneers who lived in the west were bound by these unwritten rules that centered on hospitality, fair play, loyalty, and respect for the land. If it's not yours, don't take it. If it's not true, don't say it.If it's not right, don't do it.Cowboy's word is his sacred bondBargains sealed with handshake are more binding than legal documents be loyalDemand square dealingsBe proud of your occupationLay down your life, if necessary, for the...

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