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 November 2003 issue of Western Horseman, I provided tips on how to negotiate various trail terrain. To further prepare you for the trail, I offer tack-selection tips in this exclusive online article.
Montana braider Nate Wald outlines how he constructs a rawhide bosal and offers tips on keeping one in good shape.
Never use anything on silver other than bona fide silver cleaners. “You wouldn’t use silver cleaner on your car’s engine, would you?” says Dale. “So don’t use anything other than silver cleaner to shine your silver.”
Jim Mueller, the longtime contestant committee volunteer at Cheyenne Frontier Days has attended the 111-year-old event 73 times.
Steve and Cyndi Gilbert aren’t looking to be the biggest stock contractors in professional rodeo, but there’s no doubt they’d like to be considered among the best.