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Longhorn Western Saddlebags - SB1921

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Custom made hair-on saddlebags
Custom made hair-on saddlebagsClassic western hair-on saddlebags for everyday use

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Price: $315.00
Item Number: SB1921
Manufacturer: Cochise Leather Company


The Longhorn leather hair-on saddlebag comes with a full flap.  Custom made to order these classic hair-on western leather saddlebags measure 10" x 9" with a 4' gusset.  A simple, straightforward classic, hair-on saddlebag design that looks good with any saddle style or design.  This is the newest saddlebag added to our collection and has grommets for attaching saddlebags and other gear.

Width: 10"

Heigth: 9"
Gusset: 4"

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Made to last a lifetime with the utmost attention paid to the every detail these saddlebags are made to your order.  Cochise Leather Company is proud of the quality, durability and value that it gives to each pair of saddlebags, all of which are hand cut and made by David LaFlair in his Cochise, AZ leather shop.  We're located just 25 miles east of the infamous old west town of Tombstone, Arizona.  Call 520-686-2829 if you have any questions on sizes or customization. If he's not available leave a message and he'll get back to you ASAP.

 

Texas Longhorns and the historic cattle drives northward to market are an indelible part of the story of the 19th century old west. The lineage of the longhorn goes back to the late 1400’s when the Spanish conquistadors introduced them to the Americas. The first explorers turned their cattle loose on the Caribbean Islands where they ran wild. They were a mix of Moorish-Andalusian cattle that were thin-legged, wiry, and very adaptable to varying conditions when initially left loose. Over a period of time they thrived in their new habitat and grew into a heavy-boned, lean, swift and wily cow. Their long legs and horns provided offensive and defensive weapons and they were not hesitant to use them with their wild, fiery temper and truly amazing cleverness. In the early 1500’s a sea captain smuggled a few cows and a bull from the island to the mainland of Mexico where import of cattle was illegal as did Spanish explorer Cortes bringing cattle from elsewhere. As cattle were driven with the explorers heading ever further northward any cattle that couldn’t keep up were left behind and eventually bred with the wild cattle in the area. Eventually Spaniard cattlemen brought more cattle in and those cattle also bred with the wild cattle population as they did not fence their herds. In the 1820’s European settlers arrived with European breeds of cattle, including English Longhorns which again interbred with the wild population creating the unique breed of the Texas Longhorn.

The Texas Longhorn was easily identifiable, wild with a vicious temperament (especially when it came to the calves which they hid in dense thorn thickets), multicolored, with long flat sides. Weighing in between 1,000 to 1,500 pounds they had an average horn spread of 4 to 7 feet which they would freely use. Living wild they were highly drought-tolerant and could flourish on poor feed.  This long-lived bovine was not considered mature until around 10 years old when it would average around 1,000 pounds. Thanks to these characteristics they were extremely hearty, disease resistant and self-reliant; easily turned out on the range where they could care for themselves. The one drawback was the meat which basically was wild, extremely lean, stringy, and had a tendency to toughness like other wild game animals.

Man was the Longhorn’s only natural enemy, specifically the Europeans and Spaniards as the Native Americans did not hunt wild cattle, buffalo was tamer and had better meat. Wolves and most other predators were wary of the Longhorn cattle with their short tempers, wicked horns, and swift feet. By 1865, 4 to 5 million Longhorns were in Texas on the open plains, most unbranded. Many returning Confederate Army veterans would start and build-up herds by rounding up and branding any cattle that weren’t branded. In 1867 the Abilene, Kansas railhead opened, became one of the first cow towns and for the next 20 years Longhorns were driven north to feed the ever-growing demand of beef in the east and then overseas. The largest trail drive had over 15,000 cattle in it. In the early part of the 20th century the Longhorn was close to extinction, but was brought back from the remnants of a few small herds. Today their meat is highly sought after for its leanness and breeders are drawn to their resistance to disease, ease of calving, longevity in which they can produce many more calves than traditional breeds and the ability to thrive on poor pasture and little water.