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.
Single Rope Noseband/Tiedown #T7
Description: This single rope noseband is made of 3/8 inch nylon rope. The leather hanger has been edged, hand rubbed, treated with Neatsfoot Oil and hand rubbed again. The buckle is stainless steel with a hand braided rawhide keeper. The leather beneath the buckle is stitched together to keep the buckle in place when you adjust it between horses. The ring is also stainless steel. Shown without a tiedown strap but available with your choice of a #ZG 1 inch or a 3/4 inch Leather Tie Down Strap or #ZH Nylon Tie Down Strap (see dropdown to order).
How it works: This noseband will help a horse that wants to push on a leather or rubber covered noseband get backed off and travel on his hind end correctly. This stout noseband will hold up to many years of hard use.
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.
No Buckle Hobble with Leather Center #H3L
Description: This No Buckle Hobble with Leather Center is made of 1 3/4 inch doubled and stitched latigo leather with a 3 inch long latigo leather link in the center. The hobble also has an easy “on/off” latch that makes this a snap to take on and off the fetlocks. This should only be used on horses that are completely hobble broke.
Visit “Hobble Along” to read my Tack Talk article on the safe and proper use of hobbles.
Only for use on horses that are hobble broke already.
Vaquero Rawhide Cream #ZK
Vaquero rawhide cream is a fine rawhide dressing. We use it right here in the shop to recondition the rawhide as we braid it. Rawhide dries during the braiding process and this cream is essential to keep the rawhide in perfect condition for braiding. It’s a good idea to use it to recondition your rawhide every 6-12 months. It’s easy to use just apply a generous coat of the cream, rub it in (you should still see some spots of cream if you’ve applied enough), hang it up for several hours to soak in and then ride!
A generous coat of Vaquero Rawhide Cream is applied to all rawhide products before they are shipped to you. Use it to clean, soften and preserve all of your rawhide.
No Buckle Hobble with Chain Center #H3C
Description: This No Buckle Hobble has an easy “on/off latch” that makes this a snap to take on and off the fetlocks. It is made of 1 3/4 inch doubled and stitched latigo leather with a chain link in the center to make it more flexible than the #H3L No Buckle Hobble. This should only be used on horses that are completely hobble broke.
Visit “Hobble Along” to read my Tack Talk article on proper and safe use hobbles.
For use only on horses that are hobble broke already.