Of all the things cowboys might be famous for, the least well-known might be their ingenuity and talent for improvising. From cow-camp toothache remedies to temporary baling twine tack repair, working cowboys seem to have a certain knack for “making do” that’s born of necessity. The proverbial bag of cowboy tricks is deep and sometimes dubious, but there are some practices that can come in handy for both working and recreational horsemen.
The basics of setting up a mecate outfit were discussed in our previous post. The adjustable rein length and get-down are convenient and even necessary for cowboys, as are these techniques we’ll show you through.
When a halter isn’t available, it’s important to know how to safely tie up a horse with a mecate outfit. Just tying the get-down to a fence post isn’t the best idea for young or spooky horses, or for any horse that needs to be tied up for a long period of time.
Instead, try this.
Adding these “tricks” to your riding repertoire can help keep your gear from getting torn up (and save you from having to make one of those back-country baling twine repairs).