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.
Replacement Tugs for Breast Collars #ZF
Description: These replacement tugs for breast collars are made of single ply, dense, tight-fibered racetrack harness leather. Racetrack leather is pliable yet very durable and is the best leather I can buy. The tugs have been edged, hand-rubbed, oiled with Neatsfoot Oil and rubbed again. The buckles and loops are stainless steel with leather keepers. Available in 3/4 inch and 1 inch widths (see drop down). Price listed is per pair. These will hold up and last a long time.
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.
4 1/2″ Awl #TL2
Description: This 4 1/2 inch Awl is made with a hand braided rawhide handle to feel really good in your hand.
How it works: This is the ideal tool for installing latigos on saddles and putting strings in bridle reins (see the picture to the left). This is the best all around size awl for a variety of jobs. Like the fid, every horse owner should have an awl or two in handy places like the tack room and trailer.
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.
Hand Braided Rawhide Flat Bottom Stirrups #GS1
Description: These correctly shaped steel stirrups are covered with finely hand-braided rawhide that adds a distinctive look to any saddle. Stirrups have harness leather treads and roller covers.
Sizes: These stirrups are available in the following sizes (see dropdown to order):
1 inch, 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch flat bottom (5 1/4 inch deep x 5 1/4 inch wide)
1 inch, 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch flat bottom-wide (5 3/4 inch deep x 5 3/4 inch wide). The wide size is for wider boots such as mens E width or more.
When buying stirrups it’s good to choose the width which will give space between the edge of your foot and the edge of the stirrup for easy and safe mounting and dismounting.
How they work: 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. These stirrups are beautiful in the show ring or on the trail when matched with any of the rawhide headstalls, romals and breast collars I make.
Shown are 2 inch wide flat bottom stirrups. Those shown on the horse are 1 1/2 inch flat bottom stirrups.