Trappings of the Charro
From the daily working attire to height of grand elegance, charro clothing includes functional elements with varying degrees of intricacy. For example, the basic leggings, hat, and neckerchief of a charro's daily working attire are replaced with heavily embroidered leggings, colorful neck scarf and an equally embellished sombrero made of palm, hare or wool when a charro performs in public. As part of the grand elegance, the charro dons tight trousers, a matching bolero jacket and vest, often laced with suede and gold, and silver inlayed espuelas, or spurs.
The monturas, or saddle, is the most identifiable icon of charro horse gear with intricate hand-stitched designs fashioned from fibers of maguey cactus. The tradition of charro piteado, or embroidery, borrows influences from Arabian and Spanish cultures for its fretwork. The montura's large horn provides a secure anchor for dallying when roping livestock. For show purposes, the montura features an elaborate silver inlay horn, as well as additional silverwork and extensive piteado.
Additional charro gear includes, the bosalillo, or halter and lead rope, and reindas, or reins, which are used in addition to a bridle on the extensively trained charro mount; the mantilla, or saddle pad, and jorongo, or sarape, which is tied behind the cantle of the saddle and always matches the reins, headstall and saddle pad.