The Californio Vaquero's prided themselves on their horsemanship and horse tack. They took great care too hand braid their horse hair mecates and romel reins. The Vaquero hand braiding techniques are still used today.
The rawhide bosals, riatas and quirts, headstalls, hackamores, are all part of the Vaquero "tool box" to train their horses.
The Vaqueros trained their horses for 7-10 years, starting at 4 years old, to react with very little pressure from the rider. At the end of training, the horse and rider would be one.
The 3 stages of the Vaquero horse training....
Rawhide Quirt $89.00
This Rawhide Quirt has all Natural 14 plait braided Rawhide with a harness leather popper.. 16" body with 12" popper. This quirt has beautiful fine braided all natural Rawhide with a supple waxed feel as the old Vaquero styles... With a soft Leather wrist loop for great balance and comfort! Designed for horsemen or women, with a great balance. NO DEALER DISCOUNT ON THIS ITEM
A Hackamore/Mecate Set RW310- mid-price $151.50
This Complete Hackamore Set includes an all natural beautifully hand braided 12 plait 5/8" rawhide bosal with Hermann Oak leather head piece attached with Cowboy knot adjustment and a 1/2" cotton 23' Mecate with braided rawhide button. This Hackamore features our best quality all rawhide core bosal; a beautiful piece of "Old Style" rawhide braiding.
Click here to watch our "How To" video on how to tie the Mecate to a Bosal.