US 3707827 A
A strip of rubber having strap extensions at each end is wrapped around the horn of a western saddle to increase the friction thereof, and the strap ends are secured together by the Conway buckle, and the excess strap ends are cut after the wrap is completed. The rubber thereby increases the friction and a lariat rope is wound around the wrap in roping cattle in the usual way, but requires a less number of turns of the rope around the rubber-wrapped saddle horn.
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
United States Patent [1 1 Strang [1 1 3,707,827 [451 Jan. 2, 1973  SADDLE HORN WRAP  inventor: Donald E. Strung, 14ll Bohart Lane, Bozeman, Mont.
 Filed: Aug. 6, 1971 211 Appl. No.: 169,683
 US. Cl; ..54/46  Int. Cl ...B68c 01/20  Field of Search ..54/44, 37, 46
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 7,507 7/1850 Fisher ..54/44 3,258,894 7/1966 H0aglin.... ..S4/44 3,388,530 6/1968 Parker ..54/44 Primary Examiner-Hugh R. Chamblee Attorney-Milford A. Juten  ABSTRACT A strip of rubber having strap extensions at each end is wrapped around the horn of a western saddle to increase the friction thereof, and the strap ends are secured together by the Conway buckle, and the excess strap ends are cut after the wrap is completed.
The rubber thereby increases the friction and a lariat rope is wound around the wrap in roping cattle in the usual way, but requires a less number of turns of the rope around the rubber-wrapped saddle horn.
5 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures PATENTEDmz 1915 3. 707,827
INVENTOR, DONALD E. STRANG BY W r. W
SADDLE HORN WRAP l-leretofore the saddle horns of Western cowboy sad dles have been made of smooth material, and in roping cattle a number of turns have had to be made around the smooth saddle horn to support the rope to maintain a constant pressure on the rope after lassoing the change in the saddle or in the horn.
Other and further objects will be apparent as the description proceeds and upon reference to the accompanying drawing wherein;
FIG. 1 is a perspective of the saddle horn wrap laid out flat showing the extension strap and the transverse strap at opposite ends with the Conway buckle.
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary view showing another way of attaching the transverse strap to therubber-like friction material. a
FIGS. 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 show the sequence of steps in wrapping the saddle horn'with the saddle horn wrap of the present invention. I
FIG. 8 is a vertical section taken through the completed wrap' showing the strap extensions connected together by the Conway buckle.
FIG. 9 is a fragmentary perspective view showing how a single turn of the rope around the saddle horn having the present invention applied thereto to retain the rope in use.
Referring more particularly to the drawing, a conventional Western saddle 10 having the usual horn pro- 17 to. aintain the ttac ent 'n xed osition the excess o f strap extensions anti 1 ma be cut 'away as desired and the stud or prong l9 secures the straps together retaining the attachment in operative position, as clearly shown in FIGS. 7, 8 and 9.
The strip 14 is made of rubber that is processed through an orbiting machineto get it to the right width and thickness,- and this rubber may have sawdust or walnut shells mixed with it. The rubber is then cooked to the right degree of hardness in an oven to obtain the desired degree of hardness to maintain itself in position, and the ends are provided with suitable means for. attachment together, such as by the leather straps and the Conway buckle as shown.
In FIG. 2 a modified rubber-like strip 24 is shown beveled at each edge and is .adjustably attached to-a transverse strap 25 by providing a pair of slits 26 in the strap 25 and passing the end of the strip 24 therethrough, and adjusting the length of the strip 24 to obtain the desired total length to compensate for different diameters and sizes of the saddle horn on which the invention is used. This also may be obtained by making the wrap (No. 14 in drawings) of different lengths. It will be apparent that the slits 26 are provided to maintain the desired degree of friction to maintain the strap 25 and the rubber-like strip 24in proper posijecting upwardly therefrom with the horn including a shank 11, and a forwardly extending head 12 at the forward end of the saddle, the saddle having the usual opening 13 behind-the horn for the passage of the strap extension of the wrap. I
The saddle horn wrap includes a strip 14 of suitably processed rubber material with a leather strap exten-. sion '15 projecting longitudinally from one end thereof and secured thereto by suitable rivets 16 or the like, and a transverse strap extension 17 .is secured to the other end of the rubber-like strip 14 and is shown as carrying a Conway type buckle 18 which buckle has a stud 19 passing through one of the holes 20 in the strap 17 and the same stud is also adapted to pass through one of the holes 20 in the strap 15 for securing the straps together as hereinafter described. The saddle wrap is applied to the saddle horn by arranging the transverse strap 17 along the bottom surface of the projecting head l2'and the strip 14 is wound-around the head and then progressively wrapped around the shank 11 in overlapping relation, as shown in FIGS. 4 6, inclusive, and the longitudinal extension strap 15 is passed through the openings 13 in the saddle and under the saddle horn and such strap: is'then connectedby means of the Conway buckle 18 to the transverse strap tion during the wrapping and during the use of the invention. V
It will be apparent that changes may be made within the spirit of the invention as defined by the valid scope of the appended claims:
1. A saddle horn wrap comprising a strip of friction material of sufficient length to wrap around a saddle horn a plurality of times, a strap extension at one end extending longitudinally thereof, and a strap extension at the other end extending transversely to the friction strip, and means to interconnect the longitudinally .extending strap and the transversely extending strapto maintain the friction strip in position with the transversely. extending strap extending along the saddle horn so that the friction strip maintains the transverse strap in proper position and the transverse strap and the lonside of the saddle horn a number of times with the lon- 5. The invention according to claim 1 in which'thetransversely extending strap is provided with a pair of slits and the adjacent end of the friction strip passes through the slits to provide adjustmentfor the effective length of the wrap.
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