Rawhide is just that: a hide that has been prepared for use in a natural unaltered state. CCRR is made without chemicals.
NEVER use any oil on rawhide. Even if it makes it through the ordeal, it will eventually tend to rot. It is not leather. If the rawhide gets wet, let it dry naturally after wiping it with a soft cloth. DO NOT put it near heat. It takes time for water to soften rawhide. We like to keep it as dry as possible, but we do ride in the rain when necessary.
Leather is a skin that has been exposed to a complicated tanning process with various chemicals as well as natural oils and fats for preservation in which the cellular structure has been modified. It can take oils.
Vegetable tanned kangaroo leather has physical properties that make it exceptional for fine braiding. A tight, dense cellular structure and multi-dimensional rectangular fiber composition help to give roo nearly four times the tensile strength of cowhide when cut extremely thin. Cowhide for our purposes is normally cut thicker.
Although tough, roo leather is subject to damage from abrasion. The “face” can be marred and this thinner cut leather can be broken more easily than the thicker rawhide. Unless you allow your horse to rub it against a fence post, a roo nose button will hold up well. The two-toned style developed here on the Central Coast. It has been often copied.
The relatively new idea of the all leather bosal seems to have appeared during the middle or latter half of the 20th century. Some folks order them today for sensitive horses, especially if they have had a bad experience with a low quality rawhide bosal.
The lower end price-wise includes the CC option for latigo buttons on a CCRR rawhide bosal. This leather, although perfectly viable for use, isn’t as durable or as strong as roo.
This is a good choice for those starting with the hackamore process. A bosal made with latigo buttons functions the same as rawhide or roo, but is available in only one color. Latigo is not readily cut and beveled thin for fine braiding. It is, therefore not offered as an option for the CC smaller 3/8ths diameter bosalitas.
We have seen some vintage latigo bosals that are in good working order. This condition depends upon the quality of the latigo used, the care given, the climate as well as the amount and type of use over the years.