In the July print issue, Tom and Tad Knowles of Colorado's Wildflower Saddles & Tack in Elizabeth explained how to replace broken saddle strings or add strings to decorative conchas. Strings are great for tying gear onto your saddle, but also can be used to make equipment repairs, if necessary, when you're on the trail or working cattle and can't get back to the barn immediately.
Bitmakers Greg Darnall and Ernie Marsh agree there's nothing wrong with using vintage or antique spade bits. The market for the better-made bits by known makers has exploded in recent years. And a person might find that his prized Guadalupe Garcia, Raphael Gutierrez or Al Tietjen bit has become too valuable to use on a regular basis.
Talented craftswomen take on a male-dominated industry.
In the May 2005 issue of Western Horseman, expert packers offered their personal preferences on packing gear. Here are some sources to research and buy the high-quality pack gear recommended in the article.
In the August 2004 print feature "Bust Barn Clutter," you gleaned tips to consolidate your barn belongings and keep your facility safe and efficient.
Montana braider Nate Wald outlines how he constructs a rawhide bosal and offers tips on keeping one in good shape.
Never use anything on silver other than bona fide silver cleaners. "You wouldn't use silver cleaner on your car's engine, would you?" says Dale. "So don't use anything other than silver cleaner to shine your silver."
Craig Cameron runs a tight ship and expects all tack be well cared for.