Lacing Fid #TL4
This Lacing Fid is made with a hand braided rawhide handle for an extra good feel in your hand. This is a tool every horseman should own. It makes opening the bled leather on the slotted concho headstalls so easy. You may want to put one in your tack room and another in your trailer, along with your awl, to use when you need to make a repair.
Shaped Breast Collar #BC2
Description: This breast collar has a shaped harness leather body that tapers from 1 3/4 inches to 1 1/4 inches. The body is lined with burgundy latigo leather with a sheepskin lined chafe under the center dee. Tugs are 3/4 inch single ply leather. The hold down strap is double and stitched adjustable 3/4 inch harness leather with an easily adjustable buckle. Leather is edged, hand-rubbed, treated with Neatsfoot Oil and hand-rubbed again. Ring, dees, buckles and snap are stainless steel.
How it works: This is my favorite breast collar. It will fit any size horse from a 2 year old colt to a 16+ hand ranch horse because the body of the breast collar is shorter than other breast collars on the market thereby allowing proper use of the adjustable tugs. It is available in regular smooth or roughout leather (see dropdown).
Bill Riddle Sideline #SL2
Description: The #SL2 Bill Riddle Sideline is made of two double and stitched 1 3/4 inch burgundy latigo leather cuffs with easy on/easy off closures connected by your choice of 24, 30 or 36 inch long soft white nylon rope (see dropdown). The rectangles and dees are made of round stainless steel rod.
How it works: This is a very helpful piece of equipment to use when you are sacking out a colt, teaching a young horse to stand hobbled or wanting to keep a horse from kicking in the trailer. You can prevent a horse that kicks in the trailer from hurting himself and kicking apart the trailer by using this sideline on just the left or right side or use two and cross them as with Australian sidelines. Always use caution when putting the sideline on for the first time. Get out in an open sandy arena with lots of room so your colts or horses will be safe if they react to having their legs connected with the sideline. Once horses learn how a sideline feels they usually accept it and stand quietly. Sidelines and hobbles can both have a quieting effect on a horse’s mind.
The first time you use the sideline on your horse or while training the horse to accept it use a wide open sandy area. Do not put it on in the trailer or other confined space until they accept the sideline easily and well.
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.
Bentley’s Saddle Soap #ZP
Description: Bentley’s Saddle Soap is a liquid glycerine soap that’s easy to use. It cleans, softens and restores and leaves no residue! Bentley’s is a tested formula developed by legendary saddlemaker Don Bentley. For more than 65 years this formula has been used as a cleaner and conditioner for all leather products-both old and new. Will also work on car and home upholstery.
How it works: Spray the surface generously and rub it briskly with a clean, soft cloth until foam disappears. When dry, polish with a clean cloth. Use as often as necessary. Do not use on suede.
Available in 32 oz Spray Bottle and 1 Gallon Jug (see dropdown).
Ring Rawhide Noseband/Tiedown #T6
Description: My Ring Rawhide Noseband is made of 3/8 inch nylon rope with a handbraided rawhide noseband. 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 is a stout tiedown that will hold up. If you’ve got a horse that wants to push on a leather noseband this rawhide braid will really help back it off.