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June 2018

Summer Bits & Pieces

In this age of much of horse gear being manufactured in the Orient or by a workman who has never even been on a horse, a local business has developed a new American snaffle made of US steel. The California Classics’ no pinch snaffle is made of US steel on old American machines and finished smooth by Aaron Winchell. 

Riders and horses seem to like the snaffles—-even some that have not been quick to accept bits. He is making the snaffles in several widths to suit your horse. The mouthpiece is inlaid with copper for silver for a sweet taste. That is akin to a light battery when it comes to encouraging saliva production. In equine circles “it is said that a wet mouth is a soft mouth” often associated with a relaxed loin. 

Aaron has designs and plans to develop CA bridle bits in the future to go with his sought after braiding and leather work. (805-434-3858 or

Dwight Hill Cattle Working/Roping Clinic

July 6-8 will see folks gathered from across the West (and a few from Europe/Australia) to boot. The spots have been filled for a good while, but there are spaces for auditors available. Get a taste and rub elbows. 

I used to stay at Rancho El Cielo (the Dorrance Ranch) on a breathtaking mountain  near Salinas to visit with Bill and his family. Despite Bill’s passing, the family and I remain friends today. You’ll have the chance to see the spectacular vistas of this historic CA ranch if you register for the Dwight Hill Roping Clinic set for July 6-8. You may also want to ask Dwight about his opinion of Aaron’s snaffle bit (see Facebook).

Dry camping, food, and cattle are included in the $875 fee. Primarily full already, there are spots for auditors. Call Julie (748-6400) now and also get on the list for a Paso clinic  (at a lesser price) in the fall hosted at her family’s ranch. Cattle handling, work to improve your roping, communication, horse positioning, etc. are all part of the clinic. These are wonderful folks, again with enormous experience to share.



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