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And my Cowboy Hat bites the DUST! Has your Good Cowboy hat been "Gone with the Wind" one to many times? Is Your Good Cowboy Hat now loaded with Hoof prints, arena dirt, mud and now a little overloaded with Dust? See for Yourself how a Cowboy Hat Stampede String can Literally Save your Cowboy Hat from Destruction. Here is an easy "How to" in selecting your Stampede strings and how to put the stampede string on your Western Hat. Save your hat by using a Cowboy hat stampede string. Whether you're chasing cans, running poles, going out down the trail or shooting at your local cowboy match, chasing your Best Stetson hat under your horse's feet is never any fun. A stampede string not only looks great, but their main purpose is to keep your hat from blowing off. We all know that on a gusty windy day or a fast run to how will send you good hat for a re-run of "Gone With the Wind".
What I am referring to by a Cowboy Hat stampede string or cord is the braided horsehair that is attachment to a Cowboy hat, or other styles of hats as well, to secure the hat on your head. The stampede string usually hangs down nearly to the belt buckle and often ends with a horsehair tassel dangling on the end of the strings. We have all seen the stampede string at a horse show or Trail ride where the rider has tied the Cowboy Hat on with Baling twine. But trust me, you do not have to settle for twine. If you have ever lost points at a horse show for losing you hat, which I do believe is a 5 second penalty, then you also might consider using a Cowboy Hat stampede string. These cords earned their name from their ability to hold a Cowboy Hat in place ever in the middle of a cattle Stampede.
Cowboys learned a long time ago, that they do work. The looped and the Cotter pin stampede string. Knot-A-Tail has 15 different styles of Cowboy Hat stampede strings and each style has at least 2 to 3 color combinations. The stampede strings ranging from horsehair stampede strings or leather stampede strings. So even for the most discriminating Horseman, there is quite a lot of different and beautifully styled Cowboy Hat stamped string styles available to choose from. However, there are mainly just two types of stampede strings: the looped stamped string. You will want to know which type will work best for you and how it is installed before you make your finale decision on which stampede string to purchase. The first type is the looped stamped string. I guarantee that the looped style Cowboy Hat stampede string will never, and I mean absolutely NEVER pull out of your Cowboy Hat. It will be with you until both you and your Cowboy Hat retire.
Actually installing the looped style is easy but it does requires two holes be place in the brim of the hat. The holes should be as close to the lining of the hat as possible just behind the ears, or wherever you find the stampede string the most comfortable. I usually place the hat on the customers head and them I can see just where the stampede string should rest. If you are going to wear the stampede string in front, then place the holes in just in front of your ears. Some Cowboys like to have the strings hang in the back, not sure why, however if that is the way you are going to ear it, then place the holes so the string hang behind your ears. Check to make sure the hat is on correctly before you punch the holes, the label goes in the back. Once you find exactly where you want the stampede string, you will have to place two small holes in the hat. I like using an awl, which is a tool that has a small sharp point and the shaft gradually gets thicker.
The awl easily spreads the hat material apart and if you are carefully, the awl will not cut through the material but just separate the material. Again, make sure you know the exact spot for the holes before you start. Next, start slowing pushing the awl upward. You want to make the hole from the bottom of the brim towards the top. After countless times of installing a looped stampede string, I have found that the awl goes easier through the material from the bottom to the top and the hat holds it's shape better. Do not force the awl though, just gently and with a standing push let it work its' way through the material. Now test the size of the hole, by sliding one of the end loops of the stampede string though the hole. There is one loop for each side. The end loops just loop back through themselves, so don't worry if the loops come un-looped. Just note how the loops are done, so you can redo them once you have slide the loops through the holes.