Does anyone know where I can get good pony sized (24"-26") western cinches, preferably cotton or natural string instead of neoprene, with stainless buckles? For less than $40? Or is that a pipe dream?
Nickel plated anything has a half life of literally three months around here, the humidity kills it and it rusts.
Pepo and eventually Shelbet are starting their jobs as pack ponies.
Dang it, does anyone know where I can order just the stainless tack parts like cinch rings, conway buckles, plain round rings, etc? The local equipment could be so much improved with just a couple simple changes, if I could get safe metal parts to do it with.
I had to make mine. Its not super easy, but the one I made went through a year of 6+ hours/day of daily use and is still going strong. Plus, it had all the bells and whistles I wanted (roper style, roller buckles, d-rings). I'll look up where I got all my materials from.
PNW, good link to the hardware. That site doesn't have all the parts we'd need to help people improve their pack saddles but it's a good start.
and the buckle prices help explain why stainless cinches start at $40 and climb rapidly (even if the cinch makers get bulk pricing). I wondered why there was such a gap.
SP, I'd love to see that site of yours as well.
The pack saddles around here are tied by one narrow hemp cinch attached just behind the front sawhorse piece, with a crupper and a heavy load to keep it from flapping away behind. If I find adequate steel rings I want to try making real rigging for these ponies, it can't hurt. I can maybe buy a pony sized packsaddle but I'd love to teach the locals to make their own with local materials. The only part without an adequate local equivalent would be the hardware.