How to tie a Double Diamond Knot and Horse Packing Q&A

We were privileged to have Travis Sparks come by and do a packing demo the other day. Hunting is a totally different experience with horses. One hunter told me his story about finally getting his deer right at the end of the day, and was dreading the hike back uphill to the truck. Luckily some horse packers saw him, came down, and helped him quarter & pack out the deer. He would have been out there way past sunset without their help! Packing isn’t just Continue reading →

How to Rope (Video): Team Ropin’ Tips

Kwade Kosoff and Pace & Wells Thompson stayed after the 2nd Annual Dummy Ropin’ here at Smith & Edwards to show us some dummy ropin’ runs and give tips on how to head & heel rope. Head & Heel Ropin’ Tips from Kwade & Kyle Kosoff Dummy ropin’ is a ton of fun, whether you’re a team roper or a backyard roper. Kyle provided commentary on tips & what to watch for. Start practicing after school or work and you’ll be a pro roper in Continue reading →

Keeping your Horse Warm this Winter

Now that we’re in the thick of winter, the fishermen are excitedly measuring how thick the ice is on their favorite lakes and reservoirs. (click here for ice fishing tips!) If you’ve got horses or livestock, and you don’t have heaters, it’s a tough time of year! Make sure you have the best winter you can with these tips to stay warm no matter how rural your road. Keep the Horse Warm Water If you don’t have any equipment at all, you’ll be going out Continue reading →

The Littlest Cowboy in Texas and his Wild Rag

Whether you’re working out on the ranch, or goin’ out on the town, a young cowboy or a timeless one, some things just never change. Just how Wranglers have been around for what seems like forever and they have never lost their style. As for the Egger family, passing on these timeless traditions to their kids, as well as adding some of their own, is a must. We recently had this cute little family buy some of the 100% silk Wild Rags we sell here Continue reading →

How to wrap a Mule Hide Horn Wrap

Everyone knows about the elk herd over on Highway 89, north of Pettingill’s and just across the freeway from us. Smith & Edwards, you may not realize, has been raising a mule herd for decades. I wouldn’t tell you a tall tale! These mules have been here in the yard since we started making tack back in 1979. We feed them corn cobs, pemmican bites, leftover MREs, all kinds of things. That turns them a little blue, just like the mule hide. (Eeyore is a Continue reading →

3 Ways to Shape a Palm Leaf Hat

Need some shade at the rodeo or playing after work? Our Western guy Marty can show you how to shape a palm leaf hat today in a Gus, Brick Top, & Buckaroo style. He shapes these cowboy hats here at the store with a steamer, and you can shape yours with just a bucket of water at home – watch how! Cowboy Hat Styles In the Buckaroo style, you’ll have a smooth bowl-shaped indent in the crown, round all the way around. Use a bowl Continue reading →

How to Put a Speed Burner on a Rope

A plastic speed burner will protect your honda while ropin. We get asked how to put a speed burner on a rope pretty often – so here’s a 2-minute video showing you how to do it at home! Speedburners are so quick to put on & easy to use. How to put a Speedburner on Your Rope Like Marty showed, all you need is your speedburner, your rope with a honda (click here to see how to tie a honda), and a microwave with a Continue reading →

How to Use a Sewing Awl (Video)

Awls are some of the handiest tools in a leather repair kit. A sewing awl can stitch up a leather bag, sew a canvas satchel, or even help you repair upholstery. In this video, Marty, our Western Dept guy, shows you how to load a needle in the “Awl for All” sewing awl, get the thread ready, and begin sewing a basic lockstitch. And now you know how to use a sewing awl! What would you make with this tool? Leave a comment & let Continue reading →

April Fool’s Pranks from the Western Department

Nobody loves a good joke more than our Western department. They are infamous for their many pranks. Insomuch that when I joined Smith and Edwards I was even warned not to go over there on April Fool’s Day! So in light of April Fool’s Day coming up I’m going to share with you some of their pranks that you might want to use for your own April Fool’s pranks! Drop for Drinks When you bring up the topic of past pranks in the Western department, Continue reading →

Dummy Ropin’ Photos

Smith & Edwards hosted our 1st Dummy Ropin’ on Valentine’s Day, February 14. We’re glad everyone who came had such a great time! There were 3 rounds and a range of ages participating…. and some GREAT prizes, from Smith & Edwards gift cards to ball caps and patches from Smart Roping, Fast Back Ropes, Bailey, Bex, and more. It was a ton of fun for the adults who came. And it was even more fun to see the kids having a blast, whether they brought Continue reading →