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.

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Nevada Craftsman

Working 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.

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That Strategic Connector Strap

Tom and Tad Knowles, who own and operate Wildflower Saddles & Tack in Elizabeth, Colorado, have proven valuable resources for how-to tack-repair features. Here, Tad uses a saddle string to replace a broken connector strap between the front and back cinches.

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Saddle Saga

Editor'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."

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Cutaway Saddle Pad

Any 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.

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