All the spur straps at Dennis Moreland Tack are made with an important safety feature: the inside spur button is covered with a thin leather teardrop so you won’t catch your buttons on each other or on your jeans and trip. This is important especially when doing any kind of ground work with your horses, colts or cattle!
In 1976 my friend Curly Tully and I were at Rex Caubel’s indoor arena in Denton TX for the North Texas Cutting Horse Association’s summer circuit show. As was the common practice in those days we cut for 3 days, had a day off and then cut for 3 more. Late in the afternoon before the day off Curly & I were visiting at my little tack display under the awning of my inline 2 horse trailer. Matlock Rose came up and asked Curly if he needed to work his horses the next day.
We’ve all see those accidents when a concho comes loose and the bit is left hanging with no connection between the rider and the horse’s mouth. Slot conchos are the safest way to attach the bit end of your headstall to the bit because they won’t come untied and the strings that keep them in place are less likely to become worn than tie strings alone. They will never come unscrewed as can happen with screw conchos (also known as Chicago screws).
A Get Down http://bit.ly/1PjZRlx could be the handiest piece of equipment you own! Get Downs are designed to be worn under your bridle so you can get off and lead or tie your horse while it’s bridled.
Rein ends, also known as water loops http://bit.ly/20fsiVp are short pieces of leather used to attach your reins to your bit with tie strings http://bit.ly/1n9YMBS. A rein end is attached to one side of each rein, looped through the bit ring and tied back to the opposite side of the rein. When a rein gets broken the tie string on the rein end will break or the rein will break in the hole the tie string was tied in which prevents a large section of your rein from breaking.
Mecate is a Spanish word for the hackamore rein http://bit.ly/1NRKjn1 . This rope is sometimes referred to as a McCarty. The rope is tied to the hackamore to make a looped rein and a lead.
To understand how any given shanked or curb bit will affect your horse’s response it’s important to understand how to measure the bit http://bit.ly/1Ie0xru and what affect the measurements or, more accurately, the ratios of the measurements may have.