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  • Best quality mecate
  • "mecante" fiador

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    12-24-2011, 01:01 AM
  #11
Weanling
Okay, once again thankyou everybody! Your advice is greatly appreciated
     
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    12-24-2011, 01:02 AM
  #12
Trained

I like this video better, seems simpler to follow to me anyways
     
    12-24-2011, 01:05 AM
  #13
Trained
Buckaroo Leather - A Hackamore/Mecate Set RW310- mid-price

Here's a link to a good quality starter set. I would add a fiador but that's me, I know a lot of folks who do not use one.

I use a Dale Chavez 16 plait bosal and show hanger, Saddle & Tack warehouse,
Dale Chavez Bosal Set with Horse Hair Mecante - Discount Stable, but I prefer my alpaca Mecate from Buckaroo Leather. Buckaroo Leather - 100% Alpaca Mecate AM01

I ride my jr horse in these for showing, training, trail, doesn't matter, he responds very well. The reins are just the right weight, IMO and have a very soft hand to them.
     
    09-21-2012, 08:57 PM
  #14
Foal
Fort fireman Would mohair or Navajo Churro wool make a good Mecate do you think? I have loads of both, just need to spin it. 22 to 24 feet wouldn't take that long lol. Are they just spun or is it strands spun and then plied together?
     
    09-23-2012, 10:36 AM
  #15
Yearling
I don't see why that wouldn't work. I don't really know much if anything about the braiding part. The mecates I have seen and own look like strands that are plyed together. I also have a mecate that is yacht line. All mine are about 5/8th inch in diameter and I think I have one that is 1/2 inch but I don't use it that much. I do know that the horse hair ones I have if you twist it against the grain it will kinda spread the strands apart. Hope that helps.
     
    09-24-2012, 07:14 PM
  #16
Trained
I think it is a matter of preference. I have an Alpaca mecate that is braided that came from Peru. I used it once, not a fan because it doesn't have enough weight for me. I also have a braided mohair one it is a little better but I like the horsehair twisted ones the best.
     
    09-29-2012, 02:00 AM
  #17
Foal
Thanks :) I will put out a call for older coarse mohair, it is closer to mane texture I think, and then overspin it and ply it to see how many strands I will need to get close to the 5/8th inch diameter.


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Originally Posted by Fort fireman    
I don't see why that wouldn't work. I don't really know much if anything about the braiding part. The mecates I have seen and own look like strands that are plyed together. I also have a mecate that is yacht line. All mine are about 5/8th inch in diameter and I think I have one that is 1/2 inch but I don't use it that much. I do know that the horse hair ones I have if you twist it against the grain it will kinda spread the strands apart. Hope that helps.
     

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