The term "piggin' string" has special meaning to cowboys who rope wild cattle and doctor and brand calves. There are other names for this handy piece of rope, such as "hoggin' rope" or "tie-down rope."
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.
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.