The Calving Bag

Feb
2015
09

Nearside saddle bag for calving.

Nearside saddle bag for calving.

I was trolling through some photos recently and ran across this case that I made a couple years ago for a rancher. This design was worked out to serve the needs of an every-day cowboy and conscientious horseman. He needed something for calving that was secure, accessible on the nearside, and could be taken off easily at the end of the day since there may well be some kind of medicine in the bag that would be ruined if it were to freeze. The shaped/molded pocket on the face of the bag holds the sharp applicator for ear tags that many ranchers use. The bag needed to accommodate fifty or so ear tags, and other things that he might need for each calf like needles, syringes, vitamin dosage, marking crayon, etc. We are particularly happy with the way the bag attaches to the saddle. A simple ‘sleeve’ was added to the offside billet that had a dee fastened to it where the #200 snap would conveniently attach. The nearside billet then slides into a sewn-on keeper on the backside of the bag that holds the bag in place and keeps it from flopping around. These kinds of projects are very gratifying as they go to work immediately, making a cowboy’s life a bit easier.

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