Strap Goods & Spare Parts
Here again, we
could list everything "strap" on this one page, but you couldn't get it to load into
your computer. So there are links to several categories at the bottom of this
page, and these common "spare" parts too. As for me, when I was
really riding full time, I had more bits and headstalls, and spare parts
hanging, than most stores. Guess that's why I'm in a store now. Everybody kept
"borrowing"! (It mighta been easier to buy a good lock!)
Tack Inspection - It is always a smart idea to inspect
your tack every time you prepare to ride. I like to inspect mine as I
un-tack my horses too. By keeping a careful lookout, you can see potential
problems before they get serious. (Check behind your kids, until they
start taking care of you.) (Wives, be sure and check behind your men. We
have a lot on our minds.) (Men, check behind your wives, but only when you
are mostly by your self. Thar's s'possed to be special marital points in a
woman coming out to clean & fixed tack, if you understand my
meaning.) Run leather straps over your hand so that you see the
bending of the leather and look for damage that might be coming up. The
cracks will not be deep at this stage, but you'll know you need to keep an
eye open, and the cleaner/conditioner handy.
Look at the wear points and joints. Places where
metal meets leather or nylon can rub thin or crack before you realize it.
Leather should feel supple at all times. If it becomes dry, it becomes
susceptible to being brittle. Oil often. We like products like Lexol,
maybe a high grade of neatsfoot, olive oil, saddle butters and such. Never
use burnt motor oils, machine oils, or simply saddle soap your leather
without returning the natural conditioning. When we clean the dirt, we
usually strip the oils out too. Replace those oils before you ride
The old theory of throwing your saddle
in a pond for two days, pulling it out and riding till dry, will break it
in. It also will create problems with swollen wood, leather, foams, etc.
that will eventually go back down, becoming much weaker than originally
intended by engineering. Gettin it wet in a rainstorm, even riding through
rivers, will not kill your tack, in and of itself. Soaking in a tub or
pond for days will. I guess this idea comes from Grandad dipping his boots
in a tub and then wearing till dry, breaking them in. Leather used to be tanned with a bit of
lead, some uric acids, oak bark and other stuff. It was thicker and
stiffer back then. Leather has come a long way from those days, and so
have the products to care for your leather. Today's leather is much easier
to break in. You invested hard money into
your horses, your trailers, your land, and your tack. Don't cheapen or
neglect the maintenance.
nylon, watch for the fraying. If you must leave halters on horses, use
NYLON. Good nylon will stay soft. Many of the polypropylene products cost
$5.00, but they get real hard, real fast. I have seen the edges cut into
skin and permanently scar. And watch for colts outgrowing halters too. And
watch for whether the dirt is caked in between the fibers of flat or twisted
rope products. If you take a new girth through the mud, it will become
brown with stain. But if you twist open the fibers, it will still look
clean. If you take a worn out girth and untwist the fiber strands a
little, it will be dirty all the way through. This dirt within the fibers
will cut and tear your girth. In other words, clean them too!
thread used these days is a nylon sort of thread. Many pieces of horse
equipment are sewn using continuous loops. One sort has a knot tied at
every loop. Another sort is like a daisy chain. If you pull loose strings,
you may "unzip" a lot of thread. When you see a loose thread,
snip it off about 1/8 inch above the nylon, or leather sewn. You can take
a woodburning tool, or a hot nail, or a lighter, and carefully burn this
end down to the level of the product. This burning, or searing, will
stabilize the problem. Many times a maker will back stitch ends for tying
up, and a small piece of thread will work loose. Just follow these
instructions. If you find a pulled place where a briar or a puppy has
really unstrung, take it to a repair place, or mail it to us and more glue
and stitching can fix it.
for all chrome plated bits and rings. As the sweat of your horse creates
rusting, the metal needs to be cleaned some, all along. If not, jagged
chrome over rust edges will cut whatever is next to it. This also includes your
horse's tongue, if using chrome plated $5.00 to $15.00 bits. Just be
careful and replace often. Stainless, copper, and sweet iron will not do
the deep pitting and cutting expected with chrome over cheap steel. (Most
of today's sweet iron bits are made to rust a little for taste. The type
of steel controls the amount of rust, and the depths of it.) Truly, much
of this corrosion problem is often because it has to come across an ocean or two, in
salt air, in a boat container, before you ever get it. Stainless
steel, and brass and nickel plating over good steel or brass are often
preferred for durability. (They need wiping down too.)
a snap is hanging loose, the spring is probably worn out. If a rein
breaks, tie it up till you get home, then take it to a shop and get it
re-sewn. If a girth strap breaks, hope you're wearing a good belt. All
this is old hat to an old timer. But, if you were not raised in our world
of leather and sweat, you just don't know this stuff till you run into it.
At Cultured Cowboy, we hear and see some of it every week!
When you see something wearing out, go
ahead and get your spare in the tackbox now. You can still use the older
piece until it needs replacing, and you will not be having to pay rush
fees, or worry if your local shop will have it by this weekend. Riding
should be enjoyable! Knowing you are as prepared as is reasonable will
make all your rides more fun. - God
Bless all. CT.
Saddle Strings - When
I need something to hold my gear in place, I need it now! Plus, these strings
are useful for emergency fix-ups like spur straps, curb straps, tourniquets,
riding crops, kid's switches, etc.
Short Latigo Strings
1/4" x 12" latigo ties. Use for tie straps connecting
larger tie straps, ends of reins or headstalls, etc. Pulled and
tested strong. Sold in a bundle of 10.
Item #: REIN-9009 bundle of 10 strings.
Compare at: $15.00
Latigo Saddle Strings
Good for rodeo glove wraps, saddle tie strings, trail packs, tack
repairs, etc. Pulled and tested strong. 4 to 6 oz. Sold pairs.
Item #: REIN-8992 pr 3/8" x 60"
Compare at: $12.75pr
Item #: REIN-8993 pr 3/8" x 72" CC
Compare at: $14.75pr
Item #: REIN-8997 pr 1/2" x 60"
Compare at: $15.50pr
Item #: REIN-8998 pr 1/2" x 72"
Compare at: $18.50pr
Tie Straps - Made
from the finest burgundy latigo leather; cut from back leather.
Usually you use a tie strap on the near
side, and either the half breed, or off billet on the off side. But,
both near and far side can do well with twin tie straps too. It's a
matter of preference. For heavy work, the half breed is stronger
than the off billet. Of course, 1 3/4" is stronger than 1
1/2" on the tie strap. But I like the 1 1/2" size for less
bulk and easier tying. Bet many of you like the 1 3/4" better.
We'll just agree to disagree! Cultured Cowboy cheats. We offer
both! All Girth straps are sold
I'm sure there are the auction straps that are out there for half
price, but who wants to base their whole ride, and life, on
something that stretches thin in spots as you ride? Leather is
priced, according to the area of the cow it comes from. The best
leathers for belts and straps are from the backs and shoulders.
These are flexible, yet maintain their properties longer than
anything else. As we come down the sides of a cow, the leather is
less consistent, but still very usable especially for purses,
linings, and such. Then there is the belly leather. This is usually
used as filler, or as scrap bundles, or for art projects.
coming up: If the value of belly leather is X, then side leather is
about 2.5X and back leather is about 6X and full double shoulders
about 8X. Translation: There are few leather factories. We all buy
the same leathers. With lesser qualities, you actually can have more
margin, and less waste, therefore, cheaper products. Cheaper is not
always better, but it is a choice; and a choice many companies make
to offer lower priced goods for initial buyers that don't know any
better. Cultured Cowboy has been there and done that with our
auction trailers. Because we understand all sides of our industry,
and are not trying to work out of a basement, though our homes are
full of extra goods when we need the room, we can honestly suggest
that you own this high quality, or go with a good nylon alternative,
rather than using the wrong leather for the job. We tell you this,
because we want to make more informed horsemen of you
all.) Nylon tie straps, and all sorts of Western girths,
are available through our Weaver
Girth Tie Straps Twice
tanned soft latigo. Hand rubbed and edged.
Item #: REIN-9971 1 1/2" x 6'
Price: $28.99 Compare at:
Item #: REIN-9981 1 1/2" x 7'
Price: $28.99 Compare at:
Item #: REIN-9991 1 5/8" x 7'
Price: $31.99 Compare at:
Girth Half Breed Straps 1
3/4" Twice tanned soft latigo. Hand rubbed and edged.
Item #: REIN-9992 1 3/4" x 6'
Price: $30.99 Compare at:
Item #: REIN-9972 1 1/2" x 6'
Compare at: $33.00
Girth Off Billet Straps 1
5/8"x3' Twice tanned soft latigo. Hand rubbed and edged.
Item #: REIN-9993 1 5/8"
Compare at: $24.00
Item #: REIN-9973 1 1/2"
Compare at: $22.00
Sets and Rear Billet Straps - Made
from the finest, mud resistant combinations of leather. For most pleasure
riding, the 2 inch size will suffice. A flank set is used, not extremely
tight, to keep the rear of your saddle from pitching forward. A flank set
is needed in working cowboy situations. This is why we offer 6924. Seems a
3 inch flank splits the difference. Just like a front girth, the wider the
rear cinch is, the more comfort to your horse. A flank set consists of 2
billets and the center flank, or rear cinch. Each part can be purchased separately
too. Billets are sold in pairs.
Always available in
the most popular saddle colors. Rosewood has a reddish brown tint.
Coffee is a dark brown. Honey is a light tan. Designed to match
Reinsman saddles, Between the 3 colors, you can match almost any
saddle, by any maker.
|Rear Girth Flank Sets
3 inch center flank with 1 3/4" flank billets. Double &
stitched, lined with soft, mud resistant, latigo. Hand rubbed and
edged. Stainless Steel buckles.
Item #: REIN-6900R rosewood set
Item #: REIN-6900C coffee set
Item #: REIN-6900H honey set
Price: $141.99 Set
Compare at: $170.00
||Heavy Duty Rear Flank
34" long x 8 " wide. Saddle skirting leather top with a
latigo lining and buckle reinforcements. Double and stitched. Border
stamp. Honey colored. Stainless Steel Buckles.
Item #: REIN-6924H
Price: $154.99 Compare at:
Collar Tug Straps - Sometimes
we order a breast collar with only one pair of tug straps and wish we had
another pair to more accurately place the position of our Breast strap.
Sometimes our sets wear out. Either way, here we go!
Breast Collar Tugs Quality leather. Hand rubbed and edged. Adjustable to
fit most horses. Priced by the Pair.
Item #: REIN-6999
Compare at: $38.00
Rope Carrier Strap - Although
called a rope strap, This gizmo is great for holding canteens, rifle
scabbards, cameras, and other necessary trail stuff, as well as for
your spare rope.
5/8" latigo leather. Hand rubbed and edged. Easy to adjust.
Item #: REIN-4912
Compare at: $11.00
& Bit Extras - Here
are common replacement or additional aids for your bridles, bits and
Specialty Training Products
Hobbles - Part
of training is to have your horse not run off. Reinsman offers two
hobble choices for you.
Figure 8 Hobbles Reinsman Heavy Harness Training
Hobbles. Adjustable. Nickel
plated over brass. 1 1/4" russet harness leather. Hand rubbed and
edged cowboy hobbles are made for more comfort and less chafing.
The laced figure 8 design is such that the same strap can be
opened up and used as a neck rope too.
Compare at: $57.00
Leather Hobbles 1 1/4"
double and stitched latigo leather. Hand rubbed and finished.
Compare at: $45.50
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