As the weather gets colder and crazier in Brenham, Texas, it puts us here at South Texas Tack in mind of one of our favorite brands: Columbia Sportswear. That’s because Columbia Sportswear makes something for every kind of Texas weather (which can range from freezing to balmy in a single week, let us tell ya!). The Columbia brand is known for its huge variety of quality outdoor-wear for all kinds of folks. Columbia offers products for men, women, and kids, ranging from hiking boots to tents to dresses, and has been making some of the best outdoor gear around since 1938.
As fall in Texas dissipates into short bouts with chilly, wet cold fronts, many equestrians begin to question whether or not their beloved equid friend needs a winter horse blanket. During the slowly approaching cold season, horses trade out their summer coats for a thick, warm winter coat that will protect them from frigid winds, moisture, and low temperatures… but will that be enough? Before making a quick visit to our tack store, there are two important decisions you need to make – whether or not your horse needs a winter blanket, and subsequently how to properly fit your horse for the right winter blanket.
Howdy, y’all! The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the shopping season. With that in mind, we wanted to clear up any questions you might have about our upcoming sales. We’d hate for you to miss out on a deal! Check out the list of our upcoming events below. (You can keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for updates, too.)
What are South Texas Tack’s hours during the holidays?
South Texas Tack will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will re-open on Black Friday November 29th with our regular hours, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM. We will close early on Christmas Eve at 4:00 PM and resume regular store hours on January 2nd. The website will remain open during these times, however, all orders placed after 11:30 AM CST on December 24th will not be shipped until December 26th and all orders placed after 11:30 AM CST on December 30th will not ship until January 2nd, 2014.
November 25th – December 30th: Ariat® Holiday Ticketmaster® Promotion
This holiday season, Ariat® has teamed up with Ticketmaster® to offer a great deal! From November 25th to December 30th you will receive a $25 Ticketmaster Ticket Cash™ Card with any in-store purchase of Ariat® footwear and apparel over $150 (before tax).
* Only one card per customer per visit & while supplies last.
November 29th: Black Friday
STT has tons of great Black Friday sales available! Here are some of the specials we’ll have going on this Friday:
- 9 AM – 12 PM: All cowboy boots and work boots 30% off.
- 12 PM – 5:30 PM: All boots 10% off, all jeans 10% off.
- ALL DAY: $10 off Cinch and Cruel Girl long sleeve shirts.
- ALL DAY: $10 off Carhartt jackets.
- ALL DAY: Come in and receive a Cowgirl Tuff/B. Tuff scratch-off card! You could win anywhere between $5-$25 off your purchase or a free top or pair of jeans. While supplies last, so stop by early!
* Sale excludes online purchases, previously marked down items, and Wrangler items.
November 29th & 30th: Big Loop Big Money Team Roping Tour Giveaways
As sponsors of the Big Loop Big Money Team Roping Contest, South Texas Tack is giving away a pair of Anderson Bean® Boots to the winners the at the Brazos Co. Expo Arena in Bryan, TX on November 29th and 30th. We’ll also have Cinch jeans and shirts, and America’s Choice felt hats.
December 2nd: Cyber Monday
All boots are 20% off when you shop online with South Texas Tack on Cyber Monday! With boots from more than 20 different brands like Lucchese, Tony Lama, Tin Haul, Ariat, and Corral, South Texas Tack carries boots for men, women, and kids. Whether you need work boots, dress boots, or a good ol’ pair of traditional cowboy boots, South Texas Tack has you covered. Plus you get free shipping when you buy boots online! If you have any questions while you shop online, feel free to give us a call at 1-855-899-BOOT, or check out our handy boot sizing charts. If you want to know about our shipping, return, and payment policies, click here.
* Sale excludes previously marked down items.
December 18th: Once Upon a STT Night: Anderson Bean & Rios of Mercedes Custom Boot Trunk Show
South Texas Tack is having an Anderson Bean & Rios of Mercedes Custom Boot Trunk Show on Wednesday, December 18th from 6 PM – 9 PM. The professionals from Anderson Bean and Rios of Mercedes will be in the store to help you design your own custom pair of boots and will ensure that you get the perfect fit. Come out to enjoy a night of shopping, plus cookies and cocktails! Proceeds from this event will benefit Adam’s Angels Ministry.
If you’re in the market for new spurs, you know that there are tons of options to choose from. But did you know that the difference between spur sizes can be the difference between a smooth ride and a rough one? You should only use spurs on a horse that has learned leg commands, and it’s important that you use the right kind of rowel for the right kind of riding. (But more on that in a later post.) The wrong spur size can cause your spurs to shift around or even fall off completely, which can cause real problems if you’re training or riding a horse that relies on leg commands. To make sure that your spurs fit correctly, follow these tips to get a perfect fit and a comfortable ride.
One option when choosing boot spurs is to get custom spurs. This ensures that your spurs will fit your feet to a T. However, there are plenty of great options from quality brands like Bar H Equine, San Saba, and South Texas Tack as well. The trick is to make sure that the spur and strap fit snugly together around the heel of your boot. Here’s how to measure for a spur and spur strap so you can find the perfect set for your boots.
First, put on the boots that you want to wear your spurs with. Then take a flexible measuring tape and measure from just below your ankle bone on one side, around the back of the heel, and to the ankle bone on the other side. This is the heel band measurement. Keep in mind that your spur should sit right on your boot’s heel lip or the spur lip (depending on the type of boot). Next, measure for a spur strap. Take your measuring tape, starting at the same point on your ankle, but this time cross the tape over the top of your boot (the vamp).
Have a tack fitting question? Call us at 1-855-899-BOOT, or find South Texas Tack on Facebook and Twitter. For more helpful fitting advice, keep reading the South Texas Tack blog, and read about how to fit a pair of boots, common saddle fitting mistakes, and more.
Here at South Texas Tack, we know a thing or two about gettin’ hard work done. From dependable cowboy boots to fire-resistant workwear, we are in the business of providing folks with excellent gear for tough jobs. In addition to questions about how to fit cowboy boots, we are often asked about the different types of work boots, and which work boots are best for which job. This week we want to help y’all out by identifying different types of work boots, and offering a little insight about which work boot is right for your job.
Steel Toe Work Boots
Steel toe work boots, also known as safety boots, have a steel plate cap in the toe box to provide especially strong protection for the wearer. They are designed to protect the wearer from both impact and compression while on the job. Though they are a smart choice for those working in industrial environments like construction site or factories, you might want to steer clear of steel toe boots if you need to walk long distances, as steel toe boots tend to be heavier than their counterparts. If you do buy boots with steel toes, be sure they fit correctly right off the bat. Steel toe work boots tend to be extra re-enforced, so they are less flexible and won’t loosen very much over time.
Non-Steel Toe Work Boots
Though they lack a steel toe, non-steel toe work boots are just as dependable and sturdy. Non-steel toe, or plain toe, work boots are better for those who need the extra protection that work boots provide but require lighter shoes or don’t have to worry about falling objects or compression issues.
Composite Toe Work Boots
Composite toe work boots can be a happy compromise for those who need the protection of steel toes without the added weight of metal. The protective plates in composite toes are non-metallic and non-magnetic, and are made of materials like durable plastics. Composite toes are also a smart choice for workers who frequently need to pass through metal detectors throughout the day.
Waterproof Work Boots
Waterproof work boots do exactly what their name suggests: keep the wearer’s feet dry and protected from the elements. Waterproof boots can be made from leather, but they might also be made with nylon or mesh. Any of the above types of boots can be waterproof, so if you need a combination of these traits in a boot, you have options like composite toe Ariat work boots.
Have questions about what work boots we carry or the type you need? Call us at 1-888-899-BOOT or come visit our store in Brenham!
Here at South Texas Tack, we are often asked what the best way is to fit a pair of cowboy boots. A good pair of cowboy boots fits the wearer comfortably, so you can wear them anytime for any occasion. Finding boots with the right fit is an important step in choosing a pair of boots that will last you for years to come. So how do you fit a pair of cowboy boots? Here are our top tips for choosing a pair of cowboy boots that fits you perfectly.
Trying on Cowboy Boots
Unless you’re getting custom boots made, you need to know how a good boot should feel on all parts of your foot. A good boot should fit snugly around your whole foot, since a boot that is too loose will become more and more uncomfortable over time. Be sure you pay attention to how a boot feels when you first try it on. You should also make sure to try the boots on with a pair of socks that you like, since boots will fit bare feet differently than feet with socks.
Choosing a Boot Size
Your cowboy boot size should generally be the same as your normal shoe size. Of course, this can also vary between brands, styles, and individuals. Also note that roper boots often have a more relaxed fit.
Boot Instep Fit
The instep of a boot, which wraps around the arch of your foot, is what holds your foot in place inside the boot, so it should be nice and snug. If you can pinch the leather of the instep while wearing the boot, you may need to opt for a different style or size.
Boot Heel Fit
Fitting the heel of a cowboy boot is important if you want to avoid blisters. A cowboy boot’s heel should slip a little when you walk, especially when your cowboy boots are still new. Over time the leather of the heel will soften, your boots will conform to your feet, and most of that slippage will go away.
Boot Toe Fit
The ball of your foot should fit easily into the widest part of the boot to ensure a good fit. In a good pair of cowboy boots, your toes should have room to wiggle. There are lots of different cowboy boot toe styles to choose from, so if a snip toe isn’t for you, consider a round toe or square toe instead. If you’re still not satisfied with the fit, try going up a size.
Boot Shaft Fit
If you are having a hard time getting your leg all the way into a boot the first time you try it on, try putting a large plastic bag around your foot to help it slide in. If the boots are too tight for your calves but fit everywhere else, you can always have them stretched.
One of America’s newest mothers, Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of Former President George W. Bush, was recently a cohost on the Today Show. During the “Favorite Things”segment of the show, Jenna brought out her new baby Mila’s customized Anderson Bean Baby Beans Boots, and for good reason too; they’re absolutely adorable! While on the show, Jenna Bush Hager’s Texan roots made an appearance when she told all of the Today Show viewers that, “every American girl needs a pair of boots,” and we couldn’t agree more! She couldn’t have picked a better pair of children’s cowboy boots for her daughter to wear than the Anderson Bean Baby Boots.
You can purchase a pair of Anderson Bean “Baby Beans” Boots for your little one at South Texas Tack in Brenham, Texas. We have a number of different styles and colors available, so you can get the pair that fits your baby’s personality perfectly. These children’s cowboy boots also make great gifts. Jenna Bush Hager told the Today Show that they’re her go to gift because they’re affordable and cute! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Turns out Brittany Pozzi is one impressive lady. As a two-time world champion barrel racer, she has a whole lot of experience under her belt, and a lot of style to boot. Among other types of Western tack, she designs her own bits and saddles, all embellished with her signature five-petal posey.
South Texas Tack is proud to carry Brittany Pozzi’s Western tack collection by Professional’s Choice. The bits in the Brittany Pozzi Bit Collection are made so that horse and rider can work together more easily. The Western tack collection has bits for a wide range of experience levels, from new barrel racers to seasoned competitors. (For example, while her hackamore bits are Western tack that is better suited for horses that need a little guiding and lift for running barrels, the o-ring twisted wire snaffles are more appropriate for younger colts that need training in the basics.)
Pozzi was born in Victoria, Texas, started competitive rodeo in 1995, and has been dominating in the arena ever since. Her father Randy taught her to run barrels, and she has since made barrel racing a full-time passion, with career earnings of more than $1.5 million to her name. She is a member of the WPRA (Women’s Professional Rodeo Association), and sports 20 tour finale qualifications, as well as 10 Wrangler NFR qualifications. In fact, she will be on her way to Las Vegas in December to compete in the National Finals Rodeo!
Those of you who are big-time barrel racing fans have most likely heard of Charmayne James. She is a true inspiration to all barrel racers around the world, because she has not only won the most professional World Championships by holding 11 titles, but with 19 National Finals Rodeo(NFR) qualifications, she holds the record for the most consecutive NFR qualifications for both men and women. Not to mention that Charmayne James has also won more individual World Championships than any other female in professional sports.
Leading By Example
Labeled by professionals worldwide as, “one of the greatest horse people in the world,” we tend to think she knows a little something about horses and barrel racing. This is why it comes as no surprise that after retiring in 2003, she decided to dedicate her life to training both horses and riders that have the same dedication and determination as her. Charmayne James tries to teach her students the same thing that she was taught about her horses: treat them well, take good care of them, make sure that you ride well enough so that they’re never confused or hurt, and always keep your focus on taking care of business. In her clinics she works one-on-one with the rider and the horse, teaching them valuable techniques about riding that they can take home, what tack they should be using, and what the best nutrition and care for their horse is.
Victorious Tack Collection
In addition to teaching the youth of today, Charmayne James has developed her own line of tack. These include a number of amazing tack pieces that Charmayne James herself has used while competing. At South Texas Tack, we are honored to sell the Charmayne James horse tack collection, because we know that our customers are getting an incredible piece of tack that they will be able to use for years to come.
Saddle up and get your cowboy boots on, cowgirls! The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association has been going strong for 65 years as of 2013, and this year’s WPRA World Finals are being held this week in Waco! From October 24-27, you can pull on your cowboy boots and head down to the Extraco Event Center in Waco for some great competition among talented cowgirls.