Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

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

1. 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 and not stiff. Even if it has not been oiled, tack should still stay supple. However, when buying new tack if the leather feels overly soft then this is not good either. This sort of tack has had too much oil applied and is often a technique to disguise bad quality leather.

2. Next Smell: Yes, it important to smell the leather. Quality leather has a fresh warm smell, whereas inferior leather can have a chemical or ammonia like smell. Off odor is the first hint that the leather has been tanned too quickly and inexpensively. Top quality leather has a beautiful natural smell to it, no matter how old or how new it is. The more you handle leather the more you will be able to tell what smells like good leather. If you don't think it smells quite right then this is the first sign to identifying bad quality leather.

3. Look at the Color: Even though, some quality leather may be dyed it will still show the pliability and fresh smell noted above. Inferior leather seems to be “dull”. Dark color dyes can hide lower quality and poorly matched leathers. Avoid leather tack that looks blotchy or faded.



4. Check the details: Why would you put quality craftsmanship into poor quality leather? Well, you wouldn't. It wouldn't make logical sense. Look at the stitching of the leather; has it been finished off neatly and is it even? Stitching that is neat and even, then finished off and tucked in is a hallmark of good workmanship and quality tack. Also, look for durable hardware with strong steel tongue buckles and rounded edges that won’t cut into the leather.


If you are looking for quality equipment visit Buckaroo Leather Products for a wide variety of tack and equipment as well as other leather products needed for horse riding. Purchase headstalls, reins, leather halters, bits, hardware, hobbles, rawhide gear and leather care products at Buckaroo Leather.  The materials which go into the making of Buckaroo Leather Tack and the craftsmanship employed in it’s making are elements of the highest importance. You could have no higher guarantee of quality and workmanship than the name Buckaroo Leather upon your tack. It represents an organization proud of its establishment in 1979, and ever since catering to horseman and women with two generations of experience and knowledge applied in the making of riding equipment to the most exacting standards. Buckaroo Leather is The Brand to Demand!  Visit us at www.buckarooleather.com or give us a call (530) 545-0139

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Grilled Lemon Chicken Kabobs with Mushrooms & Bell Peppers

This recipe comes from a blog we follow, A Cowboy's Wife.  Doesn't this recipe look absolutely delicious?

Grilled Lemon Chicken Kabobs with Mushrooms & Bell Peppers 
Author: Lori



Ingredients
3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets, cut into 2" x 1" cubes
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons freshly chopped Italian leaf parsley
½ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 teaspoons salt, divided 6 tablespoons olive oil
2 red bell peppers (or 1 green, 1 red), cut into 1½" x 1½" cubes
2 packages of mushrooms
Garlic powder (for mushrooms)
Butter (for mushrooms) olive oil for drizzling on chicken

Instructions 
In a small bowl, mix lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and olive oil. Melt a little butter (or use olive oil) and mix with some garlic. Garlic powder is fine to use. Let your mushrooms marinade in that and soak it all up. Place chicken cubes and lemon zest mixture in a resealable plastic bag. Coat chicken well with marinade. Seal bag and refrigerate 2 hours. Preheat oven or grill to 350°F. Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. Drain. Can also use metal skewers. Skewer your chicken, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Place chicken skewers on the grill and cook until chicken is done.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bridger Creek Saddle - For Sale!


Would you look at this beautiful saddle? Here we have a 15 1/2" custom oak acorn border Bridger Creek saddle from Bozeman, Montana. This saddle is in excellent condition. Comes fully set up, complete with matching saddle bags, breast collar, headstall and a custom horse hair cinch. Call Buckaroo John for more details 530-545-0139. These saddles sell new for over $5000, but this one can be yours today for $2150!




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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Newton Porter Vintage Saddle

In the late 1850s Newton Porter was born in Independence, MO and by the end of the Civil War Newton Porter was left an orphan. He moved to St. Louis, MO where he was raised by an Aunt and in his teens he started learning saddle making by serving an apprenticeship with a St. Louis, MO saddle maker. By 1875, Newton Porter opened his first saddle shop in Taylor, Texas, and the shop was an immediate success, but by 1881, a fire wiped out the shop and Newton Porter closed his business and moved to Abilene, TX where he reopened another shop and continued working in Texas over the next 8 to 10 years.


It was in 1895 when Newton Porter moved to Phoenix, AZ where he established the N. Porter Saddle & Harness Company, which became one of the finest Saddleries over the next 70 years. After Porter died in approximately 1906, his oldest son, Earl, took over the operation of the business, and he continued to institute the same business practices of his father until his death in 1925 when the business was taken over by Newton Porters youngest son, Fred Porter.

The N. Porter Saddle & Harness Company remained family owned and operated until the closing of the business in the mid 1960s. N.Porter Saddles & Harness Company employed two dozen or more master craftsmen, who tooled and sewed the saddles. Their saddles were world famous for being among the finest made. They also mentored apprentices who often opened their own shops. The design of a swastika or (nohokos) was a Navajo design that was adopted and used by the N. Porter Saddlery & Harness Company, but they eventually went to the Famous Steer Head Logo.





This is a beautiful black leather Newton Porter vintage saddle. It has a 15-15 1/2" seat. This saddle is all original with sterling silver. It is in excellent condition. Asking price is $5900.


For more information give Buckaroo John a call at 530-545-0139

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Own a Piece of Bohlin History

This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to own a piece of history!

This saddle is a genuine black leather Edward H. Bohlin saddle complete with original sterling silver and cinch. (Only the saddle strings have been replaced.) This saddle is in good condition. Asking price of $4900 OBO.





Bohlin History:

Ed Bohlin was known for his beautifully crafted parade saddles. A perfectionist, for good and bad, he never accepted anything less than the best craftsmanship. The leather on his saddles still squeak after 60 years. The silver requires only a cloth to clean because he used the highest grade of sterling. He and his artisans made many of the pieces by hand, especially the gold figures on his saddles. His carving was stunning and recognizable.

Many of High Noon's customers remember going into Bohlin's shop as children while their fathers purchased saddles, buckles, belts, bolos and money clips. Some time the kids got a special gift, too, from their dads. A few child's saddles (The Jackie Cooper model) were made to match their fathers' for parades. The Tim McCoy model and others were made for the stars of the era. Fiesta was truly a work of art, both in the silver and the pictorial carving. The Murietta was one of his brilliant models, mounted with Indian and Tepee design with distant hills all done in three shades of gold. The Dicksons were used many times for riders who wanted to twinkle with silver in parades.

 Bohlin saddles have always been valued higher than any other maker and have kept their value throughout the years. Both riders and collectors of Western Americana still clamor for Bohlin, whether they plan to ride using them or only to display them proudly in their offices or living rooms as art.
For more information give Buckaroo John a call at 530-545-0139.

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