A Note from Kathy:

While traveling to the different cowboy poetry gatherings and other shows with Calvin to show his rawhide I fell in love with the Hitched Horsehair pieces that were being displayed. Being born and raised in Montana, I had seen many of the “prison” made pieces and had always liked it but didn’t realize how much went into making it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a gathering in Riverton, Wyoming we sat next to a hitcher named Bill Croft. I watched him hitching all weekend and decided that I had to try it. I had some help with my patterns from another hitcher named Priss Leslie, she also told me about Shoni Maulding’s books which has been a great help!

 

I found that the hitching is really the easy part. The real time consuming part is the hair preparation. Counting, twisting, washing & dyeing is what takes forever. Then you have to decide on your color scheme and patterns before the hitching ever even starts. I learned how to work leather as a 4-H project may years ago and I still do it the old fashioned way, it is “carved and tooled” not stamped! I have been making hitched “inlays” and then sewing then into my leather purses, checkbook covers, day planners and other leather projects.

I like bright colors and vivid designs best.

 

I grew up on a ranch, did High School and Little Britches Rodeos. I have been employed in law enforcement, buckarooing, worked on a nuclear power plant & taught school but, I always came back to ranching.

 

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Calvin & Kathy Hochstrat
4021 Hwy 12
White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645
(406)547-3866

(406)547-4199

Email:  horseshu@itstriangle.

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