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TYPES OF LEATHER


TYPES OF LEATHER

Most leather is tanned either using chemicals or tannin from trees or plants. Most leather used in tack starts as saddle skirting leather.

SKIRTING LEATHER

A strong leather, which can be dyed or left natural in russet color. Most leather saddles are made from this leather. Most tack is made from saddle skirting or strap leather which is thinned saddle skirting.

LATIGO LEATHER

This is softer leather with oils and color added. It is softened in a rotating drum, which looks much like a very large clothes dryer. leather colored burgundy or reddish is very often latigo leather. Latigo is the leather of choice for tie straps, (latigo straps) which helps hold the saddle in place. Breast collars, bridles and reins are also made with latigo.

HARNESS LEATHER

Harness leather is saddle skirting leather filled with grease and/or oil. It is more water resistant and tends to be a little softer and pliable than saddle skirting, but not a soft as latigo. This leather is popular with range riding cowboys and cowgirls. It can be used to make most horse tack.