Built to Compete: Burns’ Saddles for the WIN!

All riders and their horses can and will benefit from a correctly-fitted saddle. A saddle needs to evenly distribute a rider’s weight on the back of the horse so the rider’s center of gravity matches the horse’s center. Burns’ saddle designs were crafted and thought of by horseman and horsewomen who are or have been at the top of the game in the equine world for generations. Each one of them spends time as professionals fitting horses across the country, havingRead more

Why Choose Fur Felt Hats?

It’s the staple of any self-respecting cowboy or cowgirl’s wardrobe. It makes a statement and packs a punch. It’s the classic cowboy hat. And while there are many choices out there, we believe that fur felt hats are some of the best around. But, before we get into why, let’s talk about exactly what felt is and how it’s made. It’s a material that’s been around for approximately 5,000 years, so it’s really stood the test of time.  What isRead more

5 of the Softest Leathers

When most people think of leather, words like “durability” and “versatility” spring to mind. It’s a material that has a reputation for standing the test of time. However, this classic material has a soft side too. There are many types of leather known for their beautifully supple texture and longevity. Here are five of our favorites: Ostrich Leather: We love this one. It’s soft, durable, ideal for high fashion and very breathable. It has a uniquely bumpy texture (known asRead more

What Does Responsibility Look Like to You?

Burns’ passion is to elevate life experiences through heirloom quality products and in order to execute their passion, they exemplify their core values in everything they do. One of their most important core values is, “We take responsibility.” “It’s important for every member of the Burns’ team to take responsibility for their assignments, mistakes and actions,” Braydan Shaw, Burns’ president says. “By taking responsibility, we gain trust and can move forward faster.” For Shaw, taking responsibility  has been a coreRead more

Barrel Racing: Is Your Saddle Ready for Rodeo Season?

Rodeo Season is here and there’s excitement in the air. Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned pro, make sure you’ve got what it takes to compete. And while balance, agility and a four-legged partner that’s willing and able are among the top three factors that come into play, good gear can really enhance overall performance.  How to choose a proper fitting saddle   When it comes to barrel racing, hundredths or even thousandths of a second can make theRead more

5 Ways to Honor Military on Memorial Day

This American holiday that honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military will be observed on May 30 this year. Originally called, “Decoration Day,” it originated in the years following the Civil War, but didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1971. Today, most of us enjoy a day off work and celebrate the unofficial start of summer by boating, grilling, or snapping up some bargains during Memorial Day sales. But, it’s also important toRead more

Earth Day 2022: 7 Ways to Show the Planet You Care

Earth Day is April 22 and there are lots of ways to give back to this big blue marble we call Earth. From planting a tree to picking up trash, small things can quickly add up to great outcomes. Step Up Your Landscape. There are many ways to make small changes right in your backyard – literally. Plant some shade trees to help naturally cool your house in the summer or to break it from the wind in colder monthsRead more

Folktales and Legends. What’s the Moral of the Story?

March actually has a week devoted to World Folktales and Fables. It’s held each year during the third week of March to encourage exploration of the lessons to be learned from folk tales, fables, myths and legends from around the world. The tales vary from culture to culture, but often share common morals, themes and characters. Here, we’ve shares some Old West folktales and legends to tell the next time you’re sitting around the campfire or in the backyard exchangingRead more

A Few of Our Favorite Things

From custom saddles and boots to a hat for every head, Burns continues to excite its customers with unique products that showcase heirloom quality craftsmanship.  Saddle Up Most recently, Burns had some amazing barrel saddles come out of its shop with a whole bunch more in the works. “We have customers all around the country and it’s so much fun to see their visions come to life,” Braydan Shaw, Burns’ president, says. “There’s almost nothing our saddle makers can’t handleRead more

Wildly Weird Westerns 

Sure, most western movie lovers have seen the likes of genre classics such as “High Plains Drifter,” “The Searchers” and “The Magnificent Seven,” but what about those less popular, yet weirdly curious ones? They may just deserve some attention too – or not – we’ll let you be the judge. Here are a few cult classics to get you started on the western road less traveled. Start with 7 “Johnny Guitar” (1954) stars Joan Crawford as Vienna, a tough saloonRead more