Australian Leather Conditioner #ZQ
Description: B.K. Smith Australian Leather Conditioner is created from natural bush ingredients in Australia. It’s designed for the care and maintenance of all leather tack, and is exceptionally good on kangaroo. It comes in a 17.6 oz screw-top container.
How it works: This conditioner is soft and spreads easily. Apply it in the sun or other warm place, and then rub the leather with a dry, soft cloth. It takes only a small amount to leave a clean, nourished finish on your leather products.
Romal Reins Connecting Straps #ZO
Description: Made of latigo leather with rawhide loops, these handmade romal rein connecting straps are 1/2 inch wide. They have 5 adjustment holes (with room for more) to allow you to change the length between 4 1/2 and 6 inches. The roller buckles are stainless steel. The leather beneath each buckle is hand stitched together to prevent the buckle from slipping down the strap during adjustments. The hand braided rawhide loop keepers make these quality straps even more beautiful. They add a nice accent to your rawhide, kangaroo or leather romal reins!
How they work: These romal rein connecting straps will safely connect your romal reins to your bit. The stainless steel roller buckles allow easy and quick adjustments in length. These straps will work with or without snaps. Three inch stainless steel bolt snaps (shown in photos of horses at left) are available in the dropdown for $15.00. If you order snaps we’ll put them on the straps before we ship them.
Rope Strap #ZM
This rope strap is made of 1/2 inch latigo leather. It fits around the swell of any saddle and has a long slit to go over the saddle horn. It’s stout enough to hold your rope securely and light enough to break if you get a spur through the coils of your rope on a broncy colt; it’ll save you from being dragged.
Read my Tack Talk article “A Thin Line” for safety pointers when using leather straps.
1″ Hobble #H1
Description: This figure 8 hobble is made of 1 inch doubled and stitched burgundy latigo leather. The buckle is a stainless steel square top roller buckle and the rings are made of stainless steel rod. It is small enough to hang on your saddle rear D and stout enough to last for years.
How it works: This hobble is a must have for starting your colt. It works especially well for sacking out colts and patience training when used in combination with the #SL1 Bronc Sideline (shown on horse in picture to left). Hobbles are a very good tool for teaching patience, trust in the handler, and responding to pressure so the release is received. Many a horse has been saved from severe injury when caught in wire because it was hobble trained. A horseman teaches his horse to accept hobbles and sidelines so she/he won’t ever have to tie or ground tie a horse and take a chance on him ruining his tender mouth with a jerk from a stepped on or tied rein. Investing in hobbles and their training can have a big pay-back. Hobbles and sidelines have a quieting effect on the horse’s mind.
To put a set of hobbles on:
1. Starting with the right front leg, wrap the end of the hobble strap clockwise around the leg and lace it through the first metal ring.
2. Lace the strap through the second ring.
3. Run the strap behind the left front leg.
4. Buckle the strap.
For more information on hobbles read my Tack Talk Article Hobble Along.
The first time you use the hobbles on your colt or horse, or while training the horse to accept hobbles, use a wide open sandy area. Do not put hobbles on in a confined space until they accept them easily and well. If you are not familiar with the use of hobbles seek help from a professional who is experienced with their use.
This is a domed 5/8 inch stainless steel concho with a brass Chicago screw back.
Sold as singles.
Hand Braided Rawhide Oxbow Stirrups #GS2
Description: Like all the hand braided rawhide stirrups at Dennis Moreland Tack these Hand Braided Rawhide Oxbows start in the metal shop where the stirrups are shaped and a 3/8 inch stainless steel rod is welded in the top. The metal is polished and the stirrups are taken to the braiding shop for the rawhide to be hand braided on. After braiding they go to the leather shop for the skirting leather treads to be laced on and the top wear leathers to be attached. Lastly the tread and wear leathers are hand oiled to give you years of service. These are very high quality stirrups.
How they work: Correctly shaped steel stirrups covered with finely hand-braided rawhide are not only a riding aid but add a distinctive look to any saddle. Stirrups have harness leather treads and roller cover. The weight of these steel stirrups really helps keep them in place during quick, catty moves. If you lose a stirrup it will be right there to pick up again. Available in two sizes (see dropdown): 1 inch oxbow (5 3/4 inches deep x 5 1/2 inches wide) and 1 inch oxbow wide (6 1/4 inches deep x 6 inches wide). The wide size is for wider boots, such as E width or more. It’s always good to choose the width which allows space between the edge of your foot and the edge of the stirrup for safe mounting and dismounting.
Shown are 1 inch oxbow stirrups.