Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kenny Lawson of Silver Dollar Ranch Endorses Buckaroo Leather Products

At the Horseman's Re-Union, a few months back, Buckaroo Leather had the great pleasure to meet Kenny & Leann Lawson of Silver Dollar Ranch. Kenny Lawson is a champion Mounted shooter and a professional horse trainer. Kenny purchased a AAA Wade Saddle from Buckaroo Leather to use in his horse training and mounted shooting competitions.

We are proud to have Kenny and Silver Dollar Ranch endorse and use our quality Buckaroo Leather Products, including a Buckaroo Leather breast collar.

 “I ride in a Buckaroo Leather Handcrafted Saddle - simply wouldn’t consider any other”……Kenny Lawson

The Silver Dollar Ranch and Kenny offers horse training, riding lessons and training horses for Cowboy Mounted Shooting. Kenny is a third-generation horse trainer. Kenny’s father, Rob Tanner, who was a World Champion and Hall of Fame trainer, was Kenny’s biggest influence. From a very young age, Kenny worked for his dad learning how to train one of the most complex breeds of horses, the American Saddle-bred. Kenny has the ability to educate horses without taking their curiosity from them. 

All of Kenny’s training programs are based on a philosophy of mutual respect between horse and rider. He has solutions for horses with aggressive ground manners, to trailer loading issues or, for the competitor that would like to perform at the next level. With Kenny and Silver Dollar Ranch you can reach your equestrian goals, increase your confidence, and create a better relationship between you and your horse.

Buckaroo Leather is very excited to have this extremely talented horse trainer and World Champion endorse and use the American made Buckaroo Leather Saddle and Breast Collar. I encourage all of you to visit Kenny’s website and learn more about his training and special events.

15587 Cool Valley Rd.
Valley Center, Ca 92082

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Learn How To Properly Fit Your Mule, Large Horse and Draft Horses

Mules look’n good outfitted personally at the Buckaroo Leather booth at the Bishop Mule Days in Bishop Ca. These sheekaroo mule ladies smilin’ from here to tomorrow.

Give John a call to help you create your dream tack for your large horse, mule or Draft

Larger horses, mules and draft horses are becoming more popular with every day!!!! Thus, making a large demand now for quality American leather horse tack and equipment that fits properly.

Large Horses:

Large horses all have heads longer and broader across the brow with larger throats. So, Buckaroo Leather offers large horse headstalls. 

Large Horse Leather Horse Tack


(information from Horse and Mule Trainer Jerry Tindell)

“Mules are built differently than horses due to the influence of the donkey. The donkey gives the mule a broader forehead, larger eyes and a wider base at the ears. The average sized horse brow band is typically too short at the base of the ears for the mile, often resulting in pinching. A brow band that isn’t long enough can rub or cut back of crown (behind the ears) causing soreness and discomfort for the mule. The throat latch also needs to often be a bit longer too.

While working with Buckaroo Leather, John with Buckaroo Leather has perfected an accurate fit for the mule and always uses the finest harness leather in the finished products.

Sizing information for the mule. For the brow band length measure from 2” behind ears around brow. Average mule will take a 19-20” brow. (brow bands are measured at the longest point) Some
large ones will take a 22”. Better to have a bigger brow band than too small.”……Jerry Tindell

Buckaroo Leather is proud to work with Horse and Mule trainer Jerry Tindell. Jerry has been working with Buckaroo Leather to design many of the mule styles we have to offer. You can visit his website at  www.jerrytindell.com

Mules also have a narrower chest and need the type of breast collar that fits up above their shoulders and they usually need an over the neck strap to hold the breast collar up in the best pulling position.

Buckaroo Leather proudly manufacturers all your western horse tack pieces for your mule.

Mule Western Leather Tack

Drafts and Draft Crosses:

And of course Drafts and Draft crosses are larger all over. So Buckaroo Leather has manufactured a line of quality horse tack specifically designed for Draft horses.

When ordering, for a custom fit, include with your order the complete crown/poll measurement- from the corner of the mouth along the head up over the poll down to the other corner of the mouth.

 Qauality Leather Horse Tack made for Large Horse, Mule or 
Draft Horses made right here in America!!

Buckaroo Leather Horse Tack for the Large Horse, 
Mule and Draft Horses

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Western Horseman the safest most durable Quality 
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

History of Santa Maria Style Barbeque

Happy 4th of July!!

First, lets remember why we celebrate this day..our Freedom!!! And give thanks to all those who have and are still defending our Freedom!!! 

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With 4th of July comes barbecues, family and food!!

What are you barbecuing??? What type of barbeque do you use????

Have you heard of Santa Maria Barbeque??? This style of barbeque is flavorful and simple. Simple ingredients but great taste.

The history of Santa Maria barbeque goes back to the early Californio-Vaqueros of the 1800's. The ranchers of the Santa Maria Valley in California would host large Spanish style feasts for their Vaqueros (cowboys) after every cattle roundup.

The ranchers would barbeque large quantities of beef over pits dug in the ground. They would fill the pits with hot coals of local coast live oak or "Red Oak" wood. The beef would be seasoned with local ingredients, but nothing to elaborate. The key to the flavor was the simple ingredients and the beef being slowly cooked to seal in the flavor.

The meal would be served with pinquitos. They are a small pink bean that according to local legend are indigenous to Santa Maria Valley. Some believe the beans were given as a gift by a Mexican vaquero to one of the early Swiss-Italian settlers. Others believe that a lady brought several plants with her when she migrated from Europe.

This style of Santa Maria Barbeque was still used in the 20th century. As seen below in this picture from R.H. Tesene's book Santa Maria Style Barbeque, it show volunteers tending the barbeque over a pit at an Independence Day Celebration in 1904.

Over the years, the style used by the Vaqueros remained the same, but how locals of Santa Maria grilled the meat changed. Instead of grilling the beef over a pit in the ground, they began to string cuts of beef on skewers or rods and would still cook the beef over the red oak wood.

This led way to a local group of business men in Santa Maria who formed a Santa Maria Barbecue club. They would meet at a one of the mens house and cook over a grill, more like what you would see today.

The key to Santa Maria barbeque is the simplicity of the ingredients, the thick cuts of beef, and the use of the red oak from the Santa Maria Valley. The rest of the meal consists of toasted sweet French bread, pinquito beans, salsa, and a simple dessert.

Love this picture of Ronald Reagan at the White House.

President Ronald Reagan was an avid fan of Santa Maria-style barbecue. While he was President the White House staged several Santa Maria style barbecues including five feasts on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cowboy Dressage Gaits..by Jeff Wilson

I thought since Buckaroo Leather will be at the Cowboy Dressage Circuit Show #2 happening this weekend, June 20th-22nd at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Murieta Ca. this great article on Cowboy Dressage Gaits by Jeff Wilson would be appropriate!!

By Jeff Wilson
Photos by Lesley Deutsch

 Free Jog

As western riders have begun to embrace dressage for their western horses, they have endured opposition created as a result of the two worlds colliding—the western world and the dressage world. The horse world at large has watched this rise of dressage horsemanship for the western horse with mixed opinions. Without a doubt, the western jog, standing alongside its English counterpart, the trot, as a legitimate dressage gait has been a hotly debated topic. 

One of the biggest misunderstanding here is because a large portion of the horse world, trying to relate to Cowboy Dressage, stumble on the word “dressage.” It is just too easy for folks to come to their own conclusion that western horses should mirror the competitive dressage world. Suddenly, the jog puts them into a quandary because this fun-tastic middle gait does not fit into that dressage world. 

Working Jog

To clear it up, Cowboy Dressage is a western division with western gaits. As soon as you begin to trot and canter, you have left the western division. Trotting and cantering belong in the dressage division. I hate to drawn lines where horsemanship is concerned, but confusion exists because people are trying to plug “dressage in a western saddle” instead of dressage for the western horse.
There is a difference.

Working Lope

An interesting bit of biomechanics to be clear on is that suspension exists only in the trot and canter; the jog and lope do not have suspension. That is a fact. Once you have suspension, you have left the western element. A western horse, developed properly, certainly does need to be able to move forward freely in a pure two beat gait. From this western working jog, developing the ability to move more forward in an opening stride becomes the free jog. In the free jog, the entire frame of the horse levels out and the horse reaches under itself from behind with a longer stride. One of the hallmarks of suppleness in Cowboy Dressage is to be able to shorten and lengthen our horses stride without changing the tempo—without slowing during shortening, and without speeding up during lengthening.

 Working Lope

It is easy for the traditional dressage person to view our western gaits as being underdeveloped and lacking engagement. Conversely, it is easy for the western person to view dressage gaits as being complicated and impractical. The truth of the matter is that the merits of both are often sadly hidden from the views of either side…Regardless, it matters during the test only. 
Cowboy dressage is about having fun with your horse, and recognizing the “try” of horse and rider. It is not about attempting to make competitive dressage horses out of our western horses!

If you want to learn more about what Jeff talked about here, or you have a question you would like to ask, you can reach him at:

 Jeff has been training horses for over 30 years and values the western horse lifestyle in his approach to training. He gives clinics and seminars on how to reach your full potential with your horse through the training foundation of Cowboy Dressage.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Disneyland The happiest Place on Earth…Even for the Horses

“If there’s anything to this reincarnation stuff, I’d like to come back to Disneyland as a horse someday!”…this is a quote from an officer from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals who had just finished an inspection at Disneyland. (taken from the Western Horseman magazine)

While cleaning out a closet, I came across some old Western Horseman magazines and one in particular caught my eye. It was the issue from September 1957. There was a fascinating article about the horses at Disneyland.

I took a few photos of some of the pictures in the article and decided to write a quick blog about them. The stagecoach (pictured below) was one of many ways a visitor could ride around the Rainbow Desert in Frontier Land. 

camera shot of the picture in the Western Horseman Magazine

They could also choose to ride a Conestoga Wagon or the pack mule train. (below)

camera shot of the picture in the Western Horseman Magazine

In 1957 Disneyland maintained about 200 head of horses. The horses and the ponies were kept in individual toe stalls. The mules and burros had their own corrals and lots. The animals at Disneyland worked no more than 4 hours a day six days a week.

 Walt Disney and Horse on Main Street, 1957

Disneyland also had a full time Farrier by the name of Charles Heumphreus on hand. To oversee the horse operations, Disney hired Mr and Mrs Owen Pope. They manufactured and repaired all the harnesses and horse tack for the horses. Owen was widely known for trailers he manufactured in Ft. Worth.

This is a great photo (below) of the horses all dressed up for the Easter Parade. Disneyland ordered 10 new Easter bonnets especially made for the horses at a total cost of $150.

camera shot of the photo in the Western Horseman

In this photo (below) Guy Williams can be seen riding his horse near the entrance to Frontier Land. How exciting to see Zorro at Disneyland!!!

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