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by nrobertb
Tue May 08, 2018 9:43 am
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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Another British bit...the Latchford Infantry. The photo comes up when you google them, and is labeled "Heidelberg Staff School 1912". This device was used to teach trainees how to sight the rifle and pull the trigger.
by nrobertb
Tue May 08, 2018 8:57 am
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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An old pair of Visalia chaps.
by nrobertb
Mon May 07, 2018 7:39 pm
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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Another British bit. The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry was a Yeomanry Cavalry Regiment of the British Army that was formed in 1819. The regiment provided troops for the Imperial Yeomanry during the Second Boer War and served on the Western Front in the First World War, latterly as infantry. Th...
by nrobertb
Mon May 07, 2018 5:08 pm
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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From the days when many men chewed tobacco, comes this novelty item: a turtle spittoon. Step on the turtle's head and the lid opens.
by nrobertb
Mon May 07, 2018 11:13 am
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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Here's another old square skirt saddle with high cantle, slick fork and tapaderos. It doesn't look like the length of these stirrups can be changed. Usually when you see rivets on a saddle it means that there has been an alteration or repair.
by nrobertb
Mon May 07, 2018 2:31 am
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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Stirrups used to be adjusted for length using the lace up method. A leather thong would be threaded through holes in the stirrup leathers. This was okay if only one person was using the saddle, but was tedious and time consuming to change. After WWII the Blevins quick release buckle came on the scen...
by nrobertb
Sun May 06, 2018 11:07 pm
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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The latigo knot is used to tie a saddle on the horse. It is easy to tie and easy to loosen and adjust. Some horses learn to inflate their chests with air when you first put the saddle on, so you have to re-tighten after a little while.
by nrobertb
Sun May 06, 2018 6:17 pm
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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The diamond hitch is a rope lashing to tie a canvas cover on a packsaddle. It won't shake loose from bouncing and jouncing.
by nrobertb
Sun May 06, 2018 10:35 am
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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Actually I was just kidding about the two mule loads of whiskey. After all, as they say in the movie "A Million Ways To Die In the West", friends don't let friends drink and horse! If you haven't heard the theme song by Alan Jackson, it is hilarious, as is the movie. Here is a link to the song: http...
by nrobertb
Sun May 06, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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The packsaddle is so simple yet perfectly designed for its intended use that it has been unchanged for a long time. Basically it is just an x-shaped frame on which you can hang or tie whatever you need to transport.
by nrobertb
Sat May 05, 2018 10:07 pm
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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Maybe some of you have been on a trail ride. They're a lot of fun, but personally I prefer a gentleman's trail ride.

Know what that is? That's where you need two mules just to pack the whiskey. :lol:
by nrobertb
Sat May 05, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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A popular style in older saddles was the "square skirt". Most newer saddles are rounded off at the corners of the skirt.
by nrobertb
Sat May 05, 2018 12:24 pm
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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Oh I'm back in the saddle again, out where a friend is a friend... A Latigo Keeper -- a piece of leather attached to the saddle through which excess latigo is run to keep it from flapping against the horse or otherwise getting in the way -- next to the pommel of a saddle. Also known as a Tie Strap H...
by nrobertb
Sat May 05, 2018 11:53 am
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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The trailer belonged to the Park Service and was there when I arrived. It was actually more roomy inside than you would think from the photo. My parents bought the car at the VW factory in Germany and drove it all over Europe, then shipped it home for me. I put a lot of miles on it. It was fun to dr...
by nrobertb
Sat May 05, 2018 9:49 am
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Topic: Spurs and the Great West
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One more snake story and then I'll move on to something else. One day at Capulin Mountain I walked out to the weather station to take the daily readings. On the way I encountered two male prairie rattlers engaged in a "combat dance", their version of a wrestling match. From what I've read, most ratt...

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