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Leather Tack & Winter Weather

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The Problem - Winter weather is no friend to leather, especially polluted rainwater. Microscopically, leather is made up of collagen fibers. During tanning, hides are soaked in chemicals to prevent its fibers and their bonds from decomposing. Natural fats and oils are tumbled with the hides to keep the protein bonds from drying out and to make the leather supple.Protein bonds must be lubricated and kept supple, this is the key to long lasting leather. If the bonds dry out completely, they shrink, become brittle and break. Once broken, they are permanently weakened. Soaking leather in oil may make it...

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Winter Trailer Care

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The trails have been long and your rides have been great, now it’s time to prepare for winter!   Winter is going to be here before we know it!  It’s time to winterize your horse trailer. 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 manure, scrub your floor boards and rinse them...

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Rough-Out Saddles and Horse Tack What is It?

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A popular type of saddle is a rough-out leather saddle or a "slick fork cowboy style" saddle. These saddles are popular for many reasons, including functionality for working cowboys. Buckaroo Leather has created Rough-Out Breast Collars to match these cowboy rough-out style saddles. First, let’s talk leather… Leather saddles are made from heavy hides known as saddle skirting. Skirting comes in different weights, or thickness, and grades, which is the quality. The thickest skirting is used for the heavy wear areas such as the fenders, stirrup leathers and seats. Skirting has two distinct sides – the grain side, which is...

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Quick Change Leather Headstalls and Reins

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Innovative system for leather headstall and rein attachments to your favorite bits. Buckaroo John Brand demonstrates how easy to use this quick change system! Watch this great video from a few years back! Pictured is our quick change Mounted Shooter Headstall.

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How to Tie a Mecate on your Hackamore Rawhide Bosal

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Watch this video and learn how to tie a mecate on your rawhide bosal just like the Vaqueros (cowboys) of the old west. This particular "rig" was the favorite of the Californio Vaqueros when starting young horses for head set and control, before they were moved in to the bridle. In this video you can watch Buckaroo John from Buckaroo Leather Products walk you thru how to tie the mecate to suit your needs and size.Buckaroo John starts with a basic rawhide bosal and the cowboy harness leather hanger headstall. This headstall does not have hardware, just a basic wrap around tie in...

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