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A Q about leather collars

~michelle~
November 19th, 2006, 08:55 PM
ok, so I bought braxt a cute little leather collar, but within a couple of days it was super stretched out!!! any hints for leather collars? brax's was pretty narrow cause he's just a little guy, would a thicker one hold its shape better? any brand suggestions I want to get a pretty thick black one for Aiden.... I know that they shouldnt wear them on rainy days or when playing the water, to hold their shape, but brax's stretched out a ton, and he didnt do any of those things in it.

~michelle~
November 19th, 2006, 08:56 PM
ps. TD i partially blame this new found collar obsession on you and always showing off the beanies in new sexy collars!

Hunter's_owner
November 19th, 2006, 09:08 PM
We use a leather collar on Hunter.
The one he has now he has had for a long time now, and it has kept its shape really well. But it is a thick collar, so yeah, a thicker one probably would keep it's shape better. He has also worn it in the rain, and I think hemay have gotten in the water with it on too.
As for the brand, I am not sure at all:shrug:

Esaunders
November 20th, 2006, 02:11 PM
As a horse person, I LOVE LOVE LOVE good leather training equipment. (yes I know how bad that sounds :D :crazy: )

To minimize stretching, you should try looking for rolled leather, it holds up better than flat. It should feel sturdy, around 1/4" thick (or more) & bendable but not really pliable. Get yourself good beeswax leather conditioner from a horse tack shop, sit in front of the tv & work the beeswax conditioner into the leather until it is moderately pliable. Now you have an nice, broken-in, water-resistant leather collar. :thumbs up

You can find a decent quality one (& matching leash) at Super Pet. Get the lighter colored leather if you can, its harder to hide leather flaws in lighter leather. The cheaper, more flawed leather often gets used for the darker colored product. The lighter leather will darker with age, conditioning & wear.

~michelle~
November 20th, 2006, 02:13 PM
thanks esaunders!!!! i hope to be getting them some nice things after chistmas whe i have some $$

technodoll
November 20th, 2006, 08:51 PM
TD i partially blame this new found collar obsession on you and always showing off the beanies in new sexy collars!

he he he! i'm so addicted :D
i've ordered the BEST leather collars from here: http://www.kristalas.com/collars.htm superb quality, craftsmanship, design, durability, variety, customer service, etc. supercheap for what you get and no stretching either.... or maybe that's because the kids wear thick ones, but i don't think so...

OntarioGreys
November 20th, 2006, 09:43 PM
Was the collar stitched along the edges?

Type of leather used make a difference as well, Latigo and tooling leathers
You can't judge by colour as leathers can be dyed

Esaunders
November 21st, 2006, 08:32 AM
Good point OG, stitching.

Stitching will help reduce stretching.
Double or triple ply leather with stitching will stretch even less.
Double ply leather with a nylon core stretches minimally, if at all. (I have stirrup leathers of this design on a jumping saddle that prove it)

Another option would be to look up a good saddlery/leatherwork shop and ask how much it would cost for them to make you one. They have all the proper equipment and beautiful, solid, good quality leather at hand.
(i.e Mackenzie Saddlery in Ontario might be worth calling. They do STUNNING bridle work.)

For example, a 1/2" or 5/8" double ply, bridle leather in black or havana stitched in matching thread with chunky brass hardware would not only be gorgeous, but last forever.

~michelle~
November 21st, 2006, 08:36 AM
wow thanks everyone I never knew so much about leather!!! I will definately be looking in to all the wonderful suggestions! wow when i get these (not for another couple of mos) the boys will look sooo handsome :) thanks again everyone
you rock

Esaunders
November 21st, 2006, 09:25 AM
Or if you want SUPER fancy cool ... :D :D :D

http://browbandsbydesign.com/index.php?cPath=24&osCsid=883cd0b93ede83f3857b87a8a33a87a0
http://browbandsbydesign.com/index.php?cPath=26&osCsid=883cd0b93ede83f3857b87a8a33a87a0
http://www.txwarmbloods.com/store%20frset.htm
http://www.peopleonhorses.com/Dogs.htm
http://www.equesport.com/collars.html

Oh btw, Equesport is having a 50% of collars sale for Xmas. I may just have to get a stunning new collar for Amos.

OntarioGreys
November 21st, 2006, 10:41 AM
This person is in Quebec

http://www.mjleatherwork.com/store/index.php?cPath=27

~michelle~
November 21st, 2006, 05:30 PM
wow those guys those are gorgerous!!! i esp love the martingale collars on the link you gave me ontario... their devine and the simple wide collars Oh i love them... (I liked alot of the $90 ones too.... but i cant afford those!!)