Info: About Leather

Leather is still the most suitable material for saddles and tack. It breathes, allows evaporation and ventilation, and conforms to horse and rider.

We use FULL GRAIN leathers for our saddles and strap goods. This leather is not cosmetically manipulated. It remains in its full strength and natural form with all its layers intact. It contains a high fat content which is the life blood of leather. Despite its durability it is soft and supple, will not crease much, and has high tensile strength. The flesh side is fine-grained and smooth with open pores. 

Our full grain leathers are hand selected from a rather limited amount of suitable hides.

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Scars, skin imperfections and shade differences are natural characteristics of genuine full grain leather and prove its authenticity.
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During the lengthy VEGETABLE TANNING process our hides are only treated with natural vegetable ingredients which are derived from Fir bark, Oak bark and chippings from the Acacia tree.

Our tannery ANILINE DYES all our leathers by soaking the hides in dye drums. During this process the color penetrates deep into the leather from both sides. Aniline dyeing ensures that the color does not rub off, and that scratches and marks are not easily detectable. A final dressing process gives the leather a rich feel, and a grippy surface. At the same time, it makes the leather sweat and mildew resistant.

 



SUBDIVISIONS OF A HIDE


Most hides from larger animals are cut into two or more smaller pieces for easier handling.
Descriptions of the various parts are shown below:
Subdivisions Of A Hide

FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF SADDLES AND BRIDLES,
COURBETTE USES ONLY LEATHER FROM PARTS D + E.

Head A
Double Shoulder B + C
Single Bend D or E
Belly F, F' or G, G'
Back B + D or C + E
Double Backs D + E
Double Butt F', D, E G'
Side A + B + D + F + F' or A + C + E + G + G'
Hide Sum of all parts


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