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How to Attach Slobber Straps

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Tying near slobber strap

The near side is shown with leather slobber straps and mane mecate installed on a western snaffle bit.

Measure preference for mecate (horse hair) or McCarty (man made or other fiber rope) rein length.

Fold the slobber leather around near side of snaffle.

Return mecate lash end through the near side's inside slobber leather holes easing it into place.

Circle around the slobber to tuck under the loop.

Pull firm and create a lead line. This may be tied to the saddle, looped over the horn or tucked into the rider's belt.

Tying far slobber leather


The off side of the carved slobber straps is illustrated with a mecate (may-KAH-tay) and western snaffle.

Fold off side (right) slobber leather around the snaffle. If carved or stamped, make certain that side faces out.

Feed the mecate or McCarty lash end through both holes from outside to in.

Circle the mota (MOH-tah) end (tassel) under & around the slobber strap & tuck mota end under loop.

Gently pull up firm.

When threading the rope through the holes on either side make certain to ease the rope into position. This is especially true of the mane mecates since the cover hair can be damaged.



 When a rider chooses to use a mecate for reins and a lead with a snaffle and not to use split leather reins, leather slobber straps serve to connect the mecate reins to the snaffle. Some like the balance afforded by them, others like the lead line offered by the mecate or McCarty. Slobber straps also add weight to the release. It is in the release that the horse learns. 

NOTE: Illustrations by D. Kunic


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