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Saddle Strings

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Saddle strings are actually a very useful piece of your saddle, and anytime I have ridden in a saddle without saddle strings, I seem to have a need for them.  Saddle strings are the long pieces of leather that hang off a saddle, typically from the back of the saddle. They are used tie up items such as jackets, saddlebags, lariats and other types of gear. They are usually attached to the saddle by slotted conchos, a D-ring or an O-ring using a slit braid.  As with all things exposed to the elements, saddle strings can become worn. Buckaroo Leather has...

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Horse Identification Methods

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In light of the terrible fires we’ve had in California the past few years, we’ve compiled information on different identification methods available for our horses and other livestock. At times, owners are not home when a fire or other disaster starts. Horses are sometimes left on their own to figure out an escape. Sometimes friends, family and/or first responders are forced to open gates and let livestock go.  How can our horses be identified and protected 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Permanent identification methods such as traditional branding and freeze branding are excellent options for identification, when...

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The History of the Modern Horse Trailer

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I recently came across the remains of an old horse trailer at an old ranch in Sonora, California. It made me think about the history of the horse trailer and the many ways horses have been transported throughout the years. The history of horse trailers is quite interesting.  Throughout history, horses were transported by ships, rail cars, and wagons pulled by horses, cars and trucks. Pictured here in 1928, is a New Mexico man transporting his horse in a trailer with wooden slat sides. In 1927, a German company named Westfalia, began building horse trailers and expanded their building to...

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Bishop Mule Days

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As you all know, the 2020 Bishop Mule Days was canceled due to COVID-19, which was disappointing to say the least. There's something quite magical about Mule Days. It almost takes you back to a more simple time, where our lives were more connected to the animals around us. There is something about pulling into Bishop and seeing the snow capped Eastern Sierras rising up in the distance, as they themselves look down on the celebration of the mule.  Bishop Mule Days was first started in 1969 with a couple hundred attendees, and is now a major event for the...

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Fourth of July

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Happy Fourth of July, from all of us at Buckaroo Leather!

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