Thursday, July 31, 2008

Interviewing Jonathan Bartok, a Fan of Buckaroo Leather

Over the past, almost, 30 years I have had the privilege of meeting and provided
quality Leather Tack for some of the top Trainers in the performance Horse Industry.

What has been a treat for me is to watch the careers of some of the young Trainers
grow and continue to use our durable Horse Tack, as they "put in their Time and
climbed the Ladder to Success".

One young man is currently Training Fine Cutting Horses in Weatherford Texas.
I have known Jonathan Bartok since his early teens, when he was living in Orland, California
and under the tutelage of Todd Bimat. Jonathan has been using our Reins and Headstalls for all these years and I enjoyed interviewing him the other day.

Find out what he thinks about Buckaroo Leather Horse Tack.


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Here's an Action shot of Jonathan Bartok on his Mare, CE Tammy Ray, at the Silver State Rodeo in Fallon Nevada, Summer 1998

You can reach Jonathan Bartok, Trainer of Fine Cutting Horses at
or call for an appointment 209-712-4403

Jonathan talked about our famous quality leather tie strings for our rein attachments. Enjoy the video we have prepared:

Monday, July 21, 2008

Cascade Horseman asks the Experts at Buckaroo Leather.....

Buckaroo Leather Products wants to
congratulate Cascade Horseman on their
beautiful and informative new website......

It is a wealth of horsemanship information and
the new web leader....

Buckaroo Leather is honored to be a monthly column
contributor on quality leather horse tack care,
maintenance, fit, how to's and value.......

Look for future articles and videos and to view
this beautiful new website click here-
Cascade Horseman

Our family has been dedicated for 28 years in serving
the Western Horseman the safest most durable Quality
American made leather horse tack.......


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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Large Horse/Mule and Draft Horses Hard to Fit.....

Larger horses, Mules and Draft
horses are becoming more popular
by the day....

There is a large demand now for tack
and equipment that fits.....

They all have heads longer and broader
across the brow with larger throats....

Mules have a narrower chest and need the
type of breast collar that fits up above their
shoulders and usually need an over the neck
strap to hold the breast collar up in the best
pulling position.....

And of course Drafts and Draft crosses are
larger all over.....

So with more and more requests
Buckaroo Leather has added a line of
Tack to fit in the same Top Quality American
made Tradition it is respected for....

Our family has been dedicated for 28 years in serving
the western horseman the safest most durable Quality
American made leather horse tack.......
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with any questions or suggestions on future posts you
would like to see talked about.


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Monday, July 7, 2008

Are Chaps good friends? Of course, and very functional

Here is a fantastic article by a fellow Horseman and writer.

Chaps (pronounced "shaps" and short for chaparajos) were originated as a protective garment worn by cowboys in brushy areas. There are many reasons for the use of chaps from decorative to practical. This study will include the origin as well as the practical uses of chaps.

Chaps originated in Spain and Mexico. The first known use of them was for riders to wear when working cattle. They were two large pieces of cowhide that were used to form a protective shield over both the riders legs as well as the horse's chest. Hooking onto the saddles horn, they served both purposes well, but were bulky and hard to work with; therefore chaps were conceived.

Batwings - Originally the most prevalent type of chaps were batwings. These chaps were mostly just an outer layer of leather, usually with three clasps to hold them on the leg. One clasp was near the top of the leg, one behind the knee and one around mid calf.

You will see batwings in most early westerns and western art. Frederick Remington and Charles Russell probably never heard of shotgun chaps which are more common today. Batwing chaps could keep a cowboy's legs safe from brambles and brush, but they weren't a lot of help keeping the legs warm in cold weather.

Batwings mostly gave way to shotgun chaps in the mid 20th century; however batwings are still popular today among rodeo cowboys for the decorative value as well as the fact that they flop around so much during a ride that they can help show good spurring traits.

Shotgun - Shotgun chaps tend to be more fitted to the individual than batwings. They are formed from leather, usually with a zipper to zip up and encase each leg, as if in armor. Shotguns can be used to keep warm in cold weather as well as protection from thorns and brush.

Both kinds of chaps are also useful in a branding corral protecting against all kinds of dangers such as vaccination needles and hot branding irons.

Chinks (short for chinkaderos) - Chinks came along in the latter part of the 20th century and have grown quite popular, although there are still pockets of holdouts here and there. Chinks have been called "cowboy shorts" by some individuals who don't want to change, but they are quite practical for the working cowboy.

Usually made in a similar fashion to shotguns, chinks are simply cut off around knee to mid-calf level, and have fringe around the outer edge. Much more comfortable in warm weather, chinks, like batwings and shotguns, serve a purpose in the cowboy life style. Since most cowboys wear boots that come up near the knee, chinks protect the area above the boot.

Chaps are also useful for other reasons. Leather chaps stick to a leather saddle or a bareback horse better than do fabric trousers and help the rider stay in the saddle.

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