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.
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.
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.
This stylus is the saddlemakers ultimate drawing tool. The handle is covered in very finely braided rawhide, all done by hand, to give a good grip as you work and it also feels great. The stylus is a dull pointed tool, unlike the sharp pointed scratch awl, but is also a great tool to draw the patterns on your leather.
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.
Flattening Hammer #TL6
Description: This leather Flattening Hammer has a hand braided rawhide handle that helps give you a good grip. The rawhide is beveled and rubbed with vaquero rawhide cream before shipping so it will always feel good in your hand.
How it works: This is nice for hammering your leather bleeds flat or for flattening any of your other leather pieces when needed.