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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Monday, July 3, 2017

Buckaroo Leather Sponsored Trainer - Dana Lovell of Running T Horsemanship - 2017 Reno Extreme Mustang Makeover

Buckaroo Leather is proud to have sponsored Dana Lovell, of Running T Horsemanship in Shoshone, Idaho, on her journey with her Mustang Atticus, to the 2017 Reno Extreme Mustang Makeover.  Come along with us on their journey...

This story begins with Atticus being gathered in Nevada, off the Owyhee herd management area on November 25th, 2016. He was gelded three weeks before Dana picked him up on March 10th, 2017. He is 3 to 4 years old and around 14.2 hh. 

At the beginning of April, Buckaroo Leather sponsored Dana and Atticus.  They were provided with a Diamond M Lightweight Saddle, Loping Hackamore and a Buckaroo Headstall for training and competing.  Atticus was looking good!

Here's what Dana had to say about the Diamond M light weight saddle along the way:

"The Diamond M Ranch Saddle is only 24 lbs yet good looking and durable. I am falling in love with how easy it is to carry and swing on a horse. The different rigging options offer me choices to suit my personal preference or to adjust for the horses build to give the most comfortable fit. I really like the deep seat and close contact feel. I am secure, balanced and able to clearly communicate with my horse. The free swinging stirrups are comfortable and allow me the movement I need to make my leg cues clear and concise. This saddle has proven to be a versatile ride. From colt starting to the Cowboy Dressage ring the ease of saddling, comfort and quality has made this my go to saddle.

On Saturday I spent five hours at the horse show in my Diamond M saddle from Buckaroo Leather Products and then Sunday another two hours on the trail. My horse nor I ever became sore. I was dubious at first. Often light weight saddles sit a horse unbalanced and don't offer a lot of support between horse and rider. The Diamond M has been a pleasant surprise. With the ease of saddling, great fit and close contact ride, it is quickly becoming my favorite saddle.

As the days and weeks progressed, 
Atticus was coming along nicely!

Atticus even met some cows along the way!!

Dana and Atticus took time to enjoy some quiet times...

Finally, it was time to head to Reno and 
The 2017 Extreme Mustang Challenge!


Atticus was feeling good and met potential adopters!!



Dana Lovell of Running T Horsemanship and Atticus the Mustang finished 6th overall out of a field of 22 trainers and horses! 

Atticus was auctioned off and was a high dollar seller.  He was purchased for $6,500.00.  His new owner is Jessica Venticinque of California.  Dana and Atticus will spend a few more months together and then he will be moving to the Northern California Bay Area with Jessica.  

Watch the Auction!

Take a look at this video of the auction and the moment when Jessica realized Atticus was HERS!

Atticus and Jessica


We are so proud of Dana and Atticus and have enjoyed every minute of this journey. We want to wish the best of luck to Jessica and Atticus on their new adventures together!!

To watch Dana Lovell's video reviews of the tack that she and Atticus were outfitted with, click on the links below.  

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Rawhide Reata - A Work of Art

The Vaqueros of the old west were skilled horsemen who valued their horses and their rawhide horse tack. The Vaqueros had many "tools" to assist them with their everyday tasks on the range. One of these "tools" was the rawhide reata (or riata).

The word reata is from the Spanish word reatar, meaning to retie or a rope which ties one animal to another. The rawhide reata was a long braided rawhide rope used by the early Mexican Vaqueros and was, no doubt, first introduced into Mexico by the Spanish conquerors. Though the word reata is often used to refer to any rope; the genuine Vaquero reata was, and is now, a special item. The reata was usually 40 to 80 feet long and was made from twisted strands of rawhide. The finest reatas used rawhide strands, cut by experts, from the most prime part of several young heifer hides. The hides were well chosen and properly cured.

The Reateros (Spanish for "rope maker") were masters at the craft of braiding reatas and other Vaquero rawhide tools. The braiding of the reatas was not only an art form but the braids had uniformity and even tension. This was to ensure a durable working tool for the Vaquero.

The rawhide reata was the most useful tool of the Californio Vaquero and he was highly proficient in handling it. The dexterity displayed by the Vaquero ropers impressed the early American cowhands and the reata was quickly adopted by them, as were other items of equipment used by the Vaqueros. The reata can be thrown farther, with the use of less energy and retaining a more perfect loop, than any other type of rope on the market.

The Mexican way to treat the reata to keep it supple, was to tie it between two trees. Then rub it first with lemon juice (cut a fresh lemon in two and rub the fruit along the length) and then rub it with beef fat (suet). This kept the leather from drying out or becoming stiff. Today, if you use an artificial product it will make the reata too limber.

The reatas of the old west and today are braided in four, six, or eight strands. The eight strand, if made by a top reatero, is a beautiful article and superb for light roping. For average hard work on large stock, the four strand is the best. Diameters vary according to individual preference, but the 3/8” reata is the one most used today and in the old west. Rawhide reatas can vary in degrees of stiffness (called lays in roping circles) depending on the type of rawhide used. For instance, bull hide makes a very stiff rope perfect for heel roping.

The rawhide reatas of the old west were a useful tool of the Vaquero.  One may also look at them as a true work of art and craftsmanship.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Hackamore

Relief from the Bit with a Vaquero Influence

The first Hackamore was probably a piece of rope placed around the nose or head of a horse not long after domestication. These early devices for controlling horses may have been adapted from equipment used to control Camels. Over time, this means of controlling a horse became more sophisticated.

The Persians in 500 b.c. were some of the first ones to use a thick, plaited noseband to help the horse look and move in the same direction. This was called a Hakma. On this Hakma was a third rein added at the nose, which allowed the rider to achieve more power from the horse.  Later, this third rein moved from the top of the noseband to under the chin, where it is still part of the modern Bosal style Hackamore with Mecate reins.

The Hackamore used in the United States came from the Spanish Vaqueros in California. The Hackamore was used by the Vaqueros in the beginning for horse training. The Vaqueros quickly learned that this piece of horse tack was a must for every day riding too.

From this, the American Cowboy adopted two different styles of hackamores, the "Buckaroo" tradition, closely resembling that of the original Vaqueros, and the "Texas" tradition which blended some Spanish techniques with methods from the eastern states.

Bosal Hackamore Style

The Bosal Hackamore uses the Vaqueros tradition of the braided noseband and the Mecate rope. This Vaquero style of Hackamore is used in Western Riding and is an indispensable part of the Vaquero way of making a California reined horse.

Sidepull Headstall / Hackamore

The side pull Hackamore or headstall, is a modern design inspired by the Bosal style. This style has a heavy noseband with side rings that attach the reins on either side of the head. This allows very direct pressure to be applied from side to side. The noseband is made of leather, rawhide, or rope with a leather or synthetic strap under the jaw. It is held on by a leather or synthetic headstall. This style of Hackamore is great for beginning riders.

Today the hackamore is popular in Natural Horsemanship and with horse riders still true to the Vaquero ways. The hackamore is very popular among bitless riders as well, because it does not need a bit. It uses a braided noseband called a Bosal. The Bosal is a special type of noseband that works on pressure points on the horse's face, nose, and chin. 

Buckaroo also offers many traditional “Old Californio” hand braided rawhide bosals for your hackamore, like the Bosalitos Vaquero Style. These bosalitos are braided in the old Vaquero tradition with a forelock tie.

Buckaroo Leather uses the influence of the Vaquero when creating the many styles of Hackamores. Check out the many styles of hackamores and bosals available from Buckaroo Leather, at 

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

All About Western Reins

There are several types of Western Reins.  The type of riding you like to do and what type of headstall and bit or bitless bridle, hackamore, etc., that you use will determine your rein choice.  Of course, personal preference will factor into your decision as well.  Let’s look at some of the options available.

Split Reins
Split reins are usually 8’ in length.  They are single pieces of leather which are connected to the bit by loops which are tied, connected by Chicago screws or quick change, swivel and snap closures.  They typically come in 1/ 2”, 3/4”,  5/8” and 1” widths.  These reins are great for many western riding disciplines.  Split reins are used in trail riding, pleasure, reining, training, cutting, etc.  Pictured here are leather split reins.

Romel Reins
The romel rein is a closed rein composed of two parts, the reins and the romel. The reins connect to the bit and make up close to half the length of the entire piece of equipment, while the single romel rein makes up the other half. Romel reins are finished with a heavy harness leather popper at the romel end. Romel reins are great for many western equestrian events, trail horse riding and pleasure riding.  Pictured  here are leather romel reins.

Roping Reins
Roping reins are one continuous loop of leather that attaches at both ends to the bit. Roping reins are used for western speed events, rodeo events and trail riding. Roping reins are shorter than split reins. They come in cotton, alpaca, nylon and leather.  Pictured are leather and alpaca roping reins.

Mecate Reins
The mecate is the rein system of the bosal style hackamore. It is a long rope, traditionally of horsehair, approximately 20–25 feet long and up to about 3/4” in diameter. It is tied to the bosal in a specialized manner that adjusts the fit of the bosal around the muzzle of the horse, and creates both a looped rein and a long free end that can be used for a number of purposes.  The long free end, is often referred to as a “git down rope”.  When a rider is mounted, the free end is coiled and attached to the saddle. When the rider dismounts, the lead rein is not used to tie the horse to a solid object, but rather is used as a lead rope or other various purposes. The mecate rein can also be connected to a bit with leather slobber straps. The traditional mecate was an integral part of the vaquero culture that became the California tradition of western riding. Modern mecates are made not only of horsehair, but can also be made of beautiful alpaca hair and synthetic rope. Pictured here are examples of mecate reins. 


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