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.
Nylon Tiedown Strap #ZH
Description: This is a high quality and at the same time economical tiedown strap made of 1/4 inch solid braid nylon cord. The cord loops through the ring in the tiedown and is adjustable. The swivel snap is stainless steel. This strap is very durable and let’s you stay on budget while getting quality piece of gear!
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.
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.
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.
Slobber Straps #ZL
Description: Slobber Straps will add extra weight to the bit end of your mecate. This weight causes a quicker release of the pressure on the mouth from the bit when the pull on the reins is released.
These are made of 2 inch x 5 1/2 inch (folded) racetrack harness leather, the most durable leather available. They have been edged, hand rubbed, oiled with Neatsfoot Oil and hand rubbed again. These straps are sold in pairs.