An Artisan's Journey
Texas bit- and spurmaker Wilson Capron, one of the Western culture's youngest master craftsmen, draws on firsthand cowboying experience and endless ambition.
Saddle SagaEditor's Note: This article appeared in the March-April 1940 issue of Western Horseman. For more on the Visalia Stock Saddle Company, see this month's print feature, "Visalia Style."
Nevada CraftsmanWorking on saddles wasn't a choice for Bill Maloy early in life. His grandparents first started running a pack string and horse concessions in Sequoia National Park in the 1920s. Eventually, his father joined the business and, as soon as he was old enough, Bill was a regular employee.
Cutaway Saddle PadAny horse that's ridden hard might develop a sore back, which might have something to do with the way he's ridden or the tack used on him. One possible solution is to use a cutaway saddle pad made with an opening to fit over sore spots on the withers.
30 Hay Twine UsesThanks to all that hay twine, the stable's garbage bin needs to be emptied again. But wait, why throw away something that saves time and money? Tuck that twine over in the corner where it can easily be reached. It'll come in handy in the near future.