Garrick Pasini of 'West Coast Traditions', talks about the tradition of the hackamore on the west coast of California, USA. Garrick will take you on a short trip through the history of the hackamore as it arrived in California. Learn how it's made, and some of the basics in using it as a tool for your horse.
As you read this, I am probably hidden away in my workshop braiding another hackamore. The tradition of rawhide braiding dates back to the beginning of man, and the tradition of braiding the hackamore goes back as far as the late 1400s, starting with the Moors of Iberia. The Spanish adopted the art during the Spanish war with the Moors and then took their skills and tools with them as they travelled to the new world. Here in California, the art of braiding and the hackamore arrived in 1769 when Father Serra and the Spanish army were taking part in the Catholic Crusades. With ebbs and flow in popularity, it is still in use today.
Kate McLaughlin reviews this 1922 films production which depicts the life of the modern cowboy.
Brought to life by 1922 films, this documentary is co-written and directed by John Langmore - a former working cowboy first, and photographer second, and Bud Force - an award-winning director and cinematographer, and former rodeo cowboy, who has spent a decade producing brand films and documentaries around the world. This is a first-hand account of what it is like to be a modern working cowboy. Shot in a classic western style, you truly see how vast these ranches are, and the sheer scope of the country covered. It really is a different way of life.
The ranches that are featured are all full crew horseback ranches, which John had spent time photographing and working on to create his book Open Range (Twin Palm Publishers).
Welcome to part 2 of 'Custom Saddle Making', you may also like to read 'Custom Saddle Making Part 1'. I described the approach I take with all my clients; first discussing their riding style and requirements, then measuring the profile of the horse’s back, making the tree, selecting the hides to be used and making the patterns, before placing the various parts of the hide on the tree, and lining the skirts with sheepskin.
This month, I’m going to describe the final stages of making a custom saddle, from fitting the seat through to decorating the saddle. The seat leather is the most expensive part of the hide and of the saddle, and I use just one piece of leather. It has to hold its shape throughout the life of the saddle, whilst the back of the saddle needs to be malleable, so it can be shaped into the cantle dish.
Everyone loves a foal. Let’s face it, they’re incredibly cute and even the most hardened person would struggle not to get a little weak at the knees, seeing one gallivanting around. But it’s two-fold, a bit like puppies; they’re cute, but they grow into bigger animals. In the same breath, it’s as ‘easy’ to breed a horse as it is a puppy or a kitten, or so many people seem to believe. However, what are the true costs, when everything is done correctly and with the animals’ best interests at heart?
Barrel racing is fast and furious with speed, agility, twists and sharp turns as you move through the cloverleaf. Due to the nature of barrel racing, the horse faces many challenges. Five key areas in which a horse can be strengthened and prepared for barrel racing to help give a successful race are:
Stamina. The horse must be fit to sprint away from the start line, and sprint to complete the arc from barrel to barrel
Balance. Essential for when they edge around the barrel to achieve the perfect arc beat the clock
Flexible. The horse must be able to bend in both directions fluidly and quickly
Strenght. The horse must have the muscle to take the weight shift through the body when going from speed to almost an instant stop
Mental. The horse must be physically and mentally prepared.
Western pleasure - is there cause for concern or is it all a fuss about nothing?
It starts with a guy recording a Western Pleasure class at Congress on his phone; he uploads it to Facebook. Before long, the footage is being shared worldwide. Why? Because the western pleasure class, it seems, is scrutinised more than any other western riding discipline.
Having followed the social media flurry of comments in 2017, we decided to ask Western Horse UK readers what they thought.
The results are certainly interesting but first let's be clear this isn't the most scientific study, 70 respondents are not representative of the feelings of the whole western community in the UK. There is likely to be some bias, as those most passionate about a subject are more likely to take the time to respond to a survey.