Steve Harris - Rawhide Braider @

Jeff Sanders' gelding with a sixteen plat "AA" bosal with 4 strand Krause mecate.
Sixteen plat 5/8 inch hackamore with an AA nose. This is the rimrock color. 
A hackamore like this is useful for starting colts who are headed to the bridle. 
Some folks use one like this on older horses, or for pleasure riding.

Above are two bosals, one in earthtones, and the other in black with mixed interweaves.

Below is a 3/8 two-rein bosal on a single-string core made for my friend Jeff. 

Below: Three Hackamores:

Left: 16 plat 5/8 in all roo. Center: 16 plat Kangaroo with an AA rawhide nose. Left: 20 plat

A leather band like this is great for thin-skinned horses, or for really wet seasons. 

This has an AA kangaroo nose and heel with a latigo band.

I also braid this with a kangaroo band, and one of English bridle leather. 

Here are six examples of two rein bosals 

You may click on these small pictures to view larger ones.
Richard Caldwell was a fine buckaroo and vaquero horseman. He won a bosal I made for the hackamore class at the Californios the first year I exhibited my braiding there. In the following years I made him many hackamores, bosals, and "bosalitas". He was very exacting.
These roo and rawhide bosals are the "Caldwell Collection", and have the same
plats, cores, and materials I used on a set I made for Richard. Click to see large photos.

Dear Vaquero Friends

We are working hard to transition into an inventory-based business so our customers won't have so long to wait! 
We still take custom orders in case your horse has a specific need, and for the folks who ride an exceptionally large horse.
Inventory Hackamores 2022:
  • All these hackamores are braided on a rawhide core and have dimensions typical of the hackamores used in the Great Basin and the Pacific Slope for the past two hundred fifty years. These have flexible nosebuttons, & heels which begin with the Ortega Splice & end with a ten-bight button.
  • These hackamores are made with the "A" or "AA" nose and heel.
  • The width dimensions will vary a sixteenth of an inch or so.
  • These nosebuttons have a six and one-half to seven inch inside curve.
  • A beveled leather hanger is included on each bosal

5/8 twenty plat "AA"                  $1300

5/8” sixteen plat "A"                  $900

5/8” sixteen plat "AA"                  $1150

½” twelve plat "A"                  $800

½” twelve plat "AA"                $875

½” sixteen plat                   $950

Two-rein twelve plat "AA"        $460

This price is for center-hung or standard-hung

Underbridle, leather core  $480

Custom Hackamores

I like to make custom gear and solve problems. Generally, a custom order adds 120 to the cost, which represents the extra time it takes to get it just right.

*We don’t always have everything in inventory. If you need a hackamore which is typical, and I don’t have it already made, there is no extra cost placing an order. We will mail it to you as soon as it is ready!

Here are some extras:

Fancy braiding on latigo hanger                                         $110

Braided kangaroo hanger                                                    $400

Latigo band                                                         no extra charge

Single string fiador                                                               $20

Traditional doubled fiador                                                    $35

Barbejeto (under chin tie) of latigo                                       $30

Braided barbejeto                                                                  $190

Silver mounted:                                                                     quote


I like to use a manehair mecate of four or six strands. A firm mecate with lots of body allows the rider to send more and different kind of signals. I use mecates made by friends and craftsmen I know. Check the links page.

We have a box of mecates suitable for the hackamores I make. Let me know if you need one.

We try to match the maker's list price.

Occasionally a rider will need a yacht-rope mecate for a certain reason. I have these, but they are not best for jaquima a freno.