Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Check of your Quality Leather Horse Tack


Well the calendar says it is spring, but I think Mother Nature has other ideas. So this is a good time to think about your horse tack Spring Check until spring is actually here. 

The horse tack "spring check" includes cleaning, oiling, and conditioning your leather horse tack. This check of your leather horse tack is vital to insuring your first spring ride is safe and enjoyable for both you and horse.

Western Leather Horse Tack Spring Check List


Take everything apart and inspect all your leather horse tack, including your saddle for wear. Especially at all areas ("picture 1") where your tack folds around the bits, buckles and saddle riggings. This is where there will be the most wear and stress. You need to replace any parts cracked or stretched. Chancing it is not worth the safety risk. Take your time; your piece of mind is worth it.

Secondly -

Clean all your leather horse tack and saddle with lots of water and glycerin saddle soap. Don't be afraid to get your leather tack wet. You have to get all the dirt and sweat out.

Third -

Hang all your horse tack to dry. Before it is completely dry, oil with a good quality neatsfoot oil. The drying process will help suck the oil into the leather.

The western leather horse tack "spring check" is a great habit to get into, not only for adults, but for children too. Teaching your children about quality AMERICAN MADE leather tack and it's proper care will insure the safety of both your child and horse.

 It will also give you a sense of pride and confidence in your saddle and horse equipment....

This springtime check is essential to keep your leather horse tack in good working order for the safety of both rider and horse. Not to mention increasing the longevity of the leather. Cleaning is important but checking the durability of your leather horse tack is also vital.

One of the ways to stop the wear on your saddles billets, are Wear Leathers!

One of Buckaroo Leather's innovations is the Wear Leathers (pictured above) on all our offside billets. The wear leathers stops your saddle rigging dee rings from wearing into the billets, which can cause a stress point!!

You can purchase the wear leathers separately!! 

Buckaroo Leather always puts safety first! The wear leathers can be added to any billet. It slides on very easily!

To find out more about the Off Side Billet Wear Leather, click here to watch our How-to-Video!

Along with the leather horse tack spring check an important thing to remember is knowing you have quality leather horse tack to begin with!

Read the four key things to look for in 
Quality Leather here

Our family has been dedicated for 30 years in serving the 
Western Horseman the safest most durable 
Quality American made leather horse tack....... Buckaroo John Brand Buckaroo Leather, The Brand to Demand 
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Quality Leather...The Four Key Things to Know

Buckaroo Leather prides itself on the AMERICAN MADE quality leather we use from Hermann Oak Leather to manufacture all of our western leather horse tack. A quality leather horse tack will be more durable and much less likely to crack making it safer!

The following will give some guidelines to follow when choosing Quality Leather Tack.

 close up of the Retro Headstall

The Four Key things to look for in 
Quality Leather are:

1. Feel
.......Is the leather soft and supple? If it feels “dry” probably not quality. Even though “harness” leather may seem roughed out it still has a soft and pliable feel

2. Smell......
Yes, it important to “smell the Leather. Quality leather has fresh warm smell, whereas inferior leather can have a chemical or ammonia like smell. Off odors are the first hint of leathers tanned quickly and inexpensively.

3. Color
......Even so, 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.

4. Check the Details
.......Examine the fine, even stitching (less than 12 stitches to the inch) with all ends neatly finished and tucked in is a hallmark of good workmanship and quality tack. So are edges that have been skivved and burnished or rubbed until they are round and hard before being dyed. Look for durable hardware with strong steel tongue buckles and rounded edges that won’t cut into the leather.

Remember to keep your quality leather horse tack in good working order that will last a lifetime be sure to do a Spring Check of your horse more here

Our family has been dedicated for 30 years in serving the 
Western Horseman the safest most durable 
Quality American made leather horse tack....... Buckaroo John Brand Buckaroo Leather, The Brand to Demand 
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Cowboy Code of the West...Words to Live By

"Few cowboys ever owned much. The primary reward of being a cowboy was the pleasure of living a cowboy's life."


The life of a cowboy was hard working with simple pleasures. The cowboys of the old west worked the land with their own hands. They had simple rules...

Cowboy Code of the West

-If it's not yours, don't take it.

-If it's not true, don't say it.
-If it's not right, don't do it.
-Cowboy's word is his sacred bond
-Bargains sealed with handshake are more binding than legal documents
-be loyal
-Demand square dealings
-Be proud of your occupation
-Lay down your life, if necessary, for the privilege of defending your outfit
-Grant quick assistance to friends and strangers in need
-Never tolerate cowards
-Be cheerful
-Endure hardships without complaining
-Don't make excuses
-Try to be better than the other fella
-Never quit
-Share anything you own with a fellow worker
-Be generous with your life and money
-Treat women like ladies
-Never shoot an un-armed or un-warned man
-Stealing and rustling are evil wrong doing

The cowboy code of the west meant that in the Old West a contract was sealed by a handshake. A cowboys word meant something. Good character was a valued commodity. A cowboy's reputation followed him from town to town.

The code of the west helped the cowboys to know that when a wrong was done to someone there were consequences. That people who did not follow the code were probably not of good character.

Hence why there were not that many laws in the old west...... (like today!!). 

Cowboys and ranchers knew from the code what right and wrong were. It was wrong to steal a horse. Breaking into a man’s cabin and assaulting his daughter was wrong period, no excuses!

Today, our world is missing these basic of common sense "laws". I know today's world is much different from the world of the old west- but the values and common sense of the code of the west need to be apart of all our lives today.

There are many cowboy and cowgirl's who live by this code today........

Myself and my company, Buckaroo Leather, started over 35 years ago stand by and live the Code of the West. I strive to keep the spirit of the old west and the code alive today, 
evident in our Buckaroo Leather Creed....

The greatest asset a business can have is its reputation in fair dealing. This achievement can come only by exact adherence to definite principles of business conduct, which assure future relationships with its customers. Since the inception of Buckaroo Leather in 1979 we have remained steadfast in our belief.

Buckaroo Leather Creed

-    That a business succeeds only as it continues its endeavors to render better service.
-    That our business is to furnish merchandise to meet and exceed the requirements of our customers at a fair value.
-    That no transaction is complete until our customers are satisfied with the quality and the price of the goods and service rendered. 
-    That retaining the business of an old customer is of as much importance as obtaining the business of a new customer.
-    That strict adherence to these principles will assure the continued growth of our business through the maintenance of mutual confidence with our many customers.

I encourage all you cowboys and cowgirls to do the same..........Ride American!!!!!!

All the pictures featured in this blog are the Buckaroo John family.

Our family has been dedicated for 30 years in serving the 
Western Horseman the safest most durable 
Quality American made leather horse tack....... Buckaroo John Brand Buckaroo Leather, The Brand to Demand 
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