Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cowboy Christmas with Buckaroo Leather




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 most durable Quality American made leather horse tack....... 
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Winter Trailer Care


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 clean, so that the waste doesn’t soak in.  Allow the mats to dry completely before you put them back in the trailer.
  • Go over your trailer, lubricate hinges, locks, latches, etc., to prevent them from corroding or  locking up while they aren’t being used. 
  • Check your breakaway brake battery, if so equipped.  Remove and recharge if needed.  Store   the battery in a warm, dry place. 
  •  Inspect your trailer, confirm that your flooring is in good condition.  Replace wood floor   boards and repair any corroded aluminum flooring as needed.
If your trailer has living quarters, it does require a few extra steps.

  • Remove any and all food from your refrigerator, cabinets and drawers. Leave the door open to prevent mold and mildew. 
  • Rodents can cause expensive damage very quickly. Remove bedding, paper products, clothing, magazines or anything that can be used as nesting materials.  
  • Service the hot water heater.  Drain water by opening the relief valve and remove the drain plug. Remember to put the drain plug back in so rodents and other small animals can’t nest in there. It’s also good to flush the water tank with clean water to remove any silt build up in the tank. Also, drain water from your fresh water holding tank and all the water lines in your trailer.  This includes the sink, toilet and shower. 
  •  Drain your gray water and black water tanks. 
  •  Use the appropriate, RV rated, anti-freeze and pump it through the water pipes. Pour anti-freeze into the sink, shower drains, toilet bowl and tank. 
  •  Remove the batteries from all appliances, including the smoke detector. 
  •  Make sure that propane tanks and the main power switch are turned off. 
  •  Remove and recharge the living quarters battery. Store the battery in a warm, dry place. 
  • Clean or replace filters.

Now your trailer is ready for winter!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Cinch - It's History and Uses



The cinch (girth) has been in use for nearly 3000 years. The cinch made an appearance around 700 B.C. in the Middle East when Assyrian warriors added straps to their decorative saddle cloths.

In western riding, the girth is referred to as a cinch. The cinch is a piece of horse tack used to keep the western saddle in place on the horse. The purpose of the cinch is to anchor the saddle to the horse as comfortably as possible.  The cinch should not interfere with the horse’s action. The cinch passes under the barrel of the horse. It attaches to the western saddle by a single, wide leather strap on each side, called a latigo or billet. The cinch is one of the most “taken for granted” items on the saddle.

The 
latigo or billet is a wide, flexible leather strap. The latigo is attached to the off (right) side of the western saddle at the saddle's cinch ring or "dee ring", doubled in thickness and knotted or buckled to the cinch. The latigo is usually kept attached to both cinch and saddle at all times, except to make fitting adjustments.

The latigo on the near (left) side is attached to the saddle at all times, but the loose end is used to secure the saddle for riding.  It is attached by running it through the left cinch ring one or more times, back through the saddle's dee ring, and then finally buckled or knotted when tight. The latigo is loosened and removed from the cinch to take the saddle off.

Today’s cinch is made from various types of materials, including nylon, rayon, felt, cotton, and neoprene. The main objective of the cinch is to transfer sweat away from the horse's body and allow for evaporation. The above materials are strong, but do not absorb the sweat.

The old cowboys and traditional Vaqueros wove their cinchas from horse hair. It was effective and strong. In much the same vane of the old Vaqueros, mohair is used in today's cinch weaving.

Mohair is a natural animal fiber made from the hair of the Angora goat. The long silky hair is carded, spun and corded. The mohair is soft, durable, strong, lightweight  and flexible.. Mohair is very absorbent and breathable, thus it is very comfortable for the horse.

The cinchas come in a variety of styles. They are either braided or woven and have different widths and include either brass or silver buckles or d-rings (dee rings).



The traditional vaquero cinch is a 19 strand style. The traditional cowboy and Vaquero woven designs are diamond shapes and have the influence of Native American symbols.
Buckaroo Leather carries these traditional Vaquero cinchas made from mohair and alpaca. These natural fiber cinchas are handmade with a custom design and a traditional cowboy look.

Check out all the fine cinchas available at www.buckarooleather.com 



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Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Get "Git" Down Rope

            What is the Get Down or "Git Down" Rope?




Many working cowboy ranches embrace the traditions of the Old West Vaqueros. 
These cowboy ranches use traditional Vaquero horse tack and teach the Vaquero ways 
of horse training and horsemanship.

In keeping with this traditional Vaquero style, the Get Down Rope has become popular with not only the old west working cowboy ranches, but the casual riders following the Vaquero style.

The "Git Down Rope " is also very popular in the competitive ranch classes at rodeos and horse shows. These horse competitions demand the use of this rope as well as the Bosalito.

The traditional cowboys used the “git” down rope to keep their horse standing still while they “git” down to shut the gate, pick up something or have a few biscuits by the campfire.


Today, the Get Down Rope is used in the same way, especially in training young horses to stand still. The Get Down Rope is mostly used under a bridle bit set up.  It is never desirable to lead with reins.  When you have a “Git Down Rope”, you have a lead rope.  A Get Down Rope is not designed to tie up with.  

The Get Down Rope is used in place of a halter and is easy to use. 
Watch the HOW TO VIDEO to learn the proper way to attach the old west “git” down rope and the proper, comfortable fit for the horse.

The Get Down Rope consists of a Bosalito or Caveson, a light Bosal hanger, and a 16-18" Get Down Rope.  Ropes are made out of alpaca, horse hair and marine yacht rope. Buckaroo Leather has just the Get Down Rope, in several colors, or the rope with the Bosal and hanger.


Git Down Rope Lead L505 



Git Down Rope 18' long with leather popper. Made from 3/8" Nylon Marine yacht braid with beautiful, natural rawhide button with tassel. Also available in 1/2" cotton with natural rawhide button and cotton tassel. To be used in place of a halter and lead rope with a pencil Bosal and hanger under a bridle for leading. When you "get down" you have a lead. If you need the Bosal also, see below, L505comp.

Git Down Rope w/Bosal Hanger L505comp





Git Down Rope and 3/8" Pencil Bosalito with 1/2" harness leather hanger headstall (complete set as pictured), Get Down Rope is 18' long with leather popper, made of 3/8" nylon marine yacht braid with beautiful, natural rawhide button with tassel. Also available in 1/2" cotton with natural rawhide button and cotton tassel. To be used in place of a halter and lead rope with a pencil Bosal and hanger, under a bridle for leading. When you "get down" you have a lead. Pencil Bosalito is 3/8" and 12 plait beautiful, all natural rawhide braid w/rawhide core. 


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Sunday, August 6, 2017



Bucking Rolls – What are they and why use them?



Bucking rolls are two padded pouches that are added to the front of the saddle seat. Most bucking rolls are filled with wool, trimmed from bark-tanned sheepskin. Bucking Rolls supplement the swells on a saddle and help a rider stay secure in the saddle. They are designed to be used with slick fork saddles, which have very little width to their swells.

Modern day bucking rolls seem to have had their start in the late 19th century in the Northwest.  Early models were made of a tube-like construction that extended from one side of the saddle to the other, just to the rear of the fork. Some were fixed and some were removable.

The John Clark Saddlery, of Portland Oregon, is credited with the first patent on a removable bucking roll that looks much like those of today. 

Bucking rolls are usually made of leather and can be very decorative, colorful and attractive. They come in many colors with tooling and decoration.  Usually, they are made of soft chap leather and can sometimes be found in exotic leathers such as ostrich, beaver tail, and shark.

The two rolls are connected in the center, usually with a leather strap. They are created with a curved shape to conform to the contour of the saddle and are attached to the saddle with saddle strings or screws.



Some people may ask, “Why would anyone would choose a slick fork saddle and then add bucking rolls? Why not just get a swell fork saddle to begin with?”

They definitely have their place.  For one thing, they are relatively easily attached and detached, making them handy for people who use their saddles for varied activities. A rider may put them on when they want a more secure seat, but take them off for long distance and trail riding.

Some riders prefer a slick fork saddle with soft bucking rolls over a hard swell fork saddle. Some people just like the way they look!!

Buckaroo Leather Products' bucking rolls are American made from soft chap leather with a beautiful cowboy western stitch pattern or hand basket stamp to fit any saddle. Our bucking rolls come in a variety of colors.

Buckaroo Leather has a nice selection of bucking rolls and can custom make them with your color and stitching choice.  We outfit drill teams and riding clubs with custom colors to match existing tack and clothing.


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