"The Mares would take a dislike to the stallions if we cut their tails"
a quote from and old Vaquero.
This quote is referring to how the old Vaqueros and cowboys made their mecate ropes/reins.
Different colors of hair were hand braided into a strong and beautiful mecate rope/reins. The hairs used, were cut from the Mare's tails and manes.
The stallions were used for breeding and working on the range and their manes and tails were never cut......
Mane hair mecate reins are still used today. They have the best feel and communication with the horse.
A Cadillac Hackamore Set w/Fiador & Mecate RW3171 $395.00
Complete Hackamore Set includes an all natural color beautifully hand braided 16 plait 5/8" All rawhide core (no cable core) rawhide bosal w/Hermann Oak 5/8" harness or Black browband with traditional fiador (throat latch) and mecate.
Mecate styles- Alpaca, Mane Horse Hair, Nylon or Cotton (1/2in.). Mecates are 5/8" - 22' long, Beautiful Quality hand braided feel and communication on Alpaca and mane hair, but Alpaca is much easier/softer on the hands, especially the rider with a softer grip. The Alpaca fibers used in these Mecates are grown on a family ranch in South East Colorado. The Alpacas are shorn each year and the fibers are processed in the U.S. Each piece is hand made by these artists to ensure the quality and craftsmanship of each Mecate. Alpaca has pretty much the same body and feel as the good mane hair mecates. These are the best we have found braided in the old California Vaquero style. This Hackamore features our best quality all rawhide core bosal; a beautiful piece of "Old Style" rawhide braiding.
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