YW. I love their stuff. Buuuutttt... I love Teskeys. I love Paul Taylors, even some of Hilason's stuff.
The best...and worst? Paul Taylor's. That place... oh man... they sell a lot of Amish made tack, it's all heavily oil tanned, and they buy it by the crate load... so the entire place smells like good, oiled leather. It's weird how a smell and music can cement a memory... We were in there last year, son was just barely 16, had his first set of keys. Found a spur key chain he couldn't live without, bought some saddle bags and a saddle scabbard for his rifle, some reins, stuff like that. Get's to the check out and A. I've come to Expect it from You by George Strait was being played, and he got the song stuck in his head... it was the first time he'd ever heard it. B. The cute little blonde at the register flirted with him and made him blush... furiously. Then he stabbed himself with the spur on his shiny new key ring and he felt like a doof but she showed him how to hang it on the edge of his pocket so it didn't poke him.
He was DYING... and so was I and so was Hubs/His daddy, because it was awesome. So now when I hear that song and smell that leather... I always end up right back there at that moment in my mind.
Back to the topic. I need to investigate and see if Oxbow has a store open to the public and hit it up one day. Likewise, I know NRS has a big store in Decatur, TX... needa go there.
Lastly - one other popular manufacturer of horse goods is near me. Mustang - they make the saddle pads and saddle blankets, are in Van Alstyne, TX, but I don't think they are open to the public. I'd be in trouble if they were.
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