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BioThane®  

Sometimes just called Betas or Bio or Gold - is the completely maintenance free coated webbing straps we use to make our Horse Tack.  The BioThane Beta feels and looks like leather but simply out performs leather. This is why the Amish have been using it for their hardworking horse tack almost exclusively since 1977 when it was first put on the market.  BioThane was invented and is still manufactured in the USA.

Today, the same BioThane Beta and Gold series strap used in our Equine Riding Tack is used by human athletes too.  The protective pads used by every Professional & College Football player contain BioThane Beta strap.  Snow shoes worn in climbs up Mr. Everest use BioThane straps instead of leather. BioThane is even used by NASA in outer space and our Military.  Because of its antimicrobial properties, it’s a preferred strapping material over uncoated nylon webbing for gurneys in the Medical field by Emergency Medical Techs.  Next time you see a construction worker doing high work, wearing a safety harness; chances are that harness relies on BioThane® straps. You can trust BioThane when riding your Equine Athlete.

A few of BioThane’s Performance Advantages over Leather Horse Tack:

  • Wash ‘n wear - Dunk it in a bucket of soapy water or just hose it off.  It’s that easy.
  • Maintenance Free - No conditioners, oils or leather potions are ever required. BioThane will never dry rot or crack.
  • Antimicrobial – Sweat, blood, other gross stuff and their odor is not absorbed.
  • Strong –All BioThane is stronger then leather, and we go one step further—we use the “Super Heavy” Equine Strength BioThane (except some bit attachments).  The heaviest duty that is appropriate for horseback riding tack.  Yet, it’s still 20% lighter in weight than leather. 
  • Weatherproof – It does not get stiff in the cold, or gooey in warm weather. Not every horseback ride is on a sunny 70 degree day. 
  • Waterproof – Cross a river, or get caught in the rain with one less concern. We heat seal every hole to assure our finished product remains waterproof. 
  • Carefree – It will never Mold or Mildew. Go ahead; keep it in your horse trailer or barn year round. It’s even resistant to chemicals (think Fly spray & Medicines).

BioThane® strap comes in two coatings / finishes.  Both have the same strong, web interior.

  • BioThane Beta looks and feels like Leather.  Has a textured matte finish, like leather.  It is used to create the traditional leather look in Western or English riding tack.
  • BioThane Gold is smoother and glossier. It’s thinner and lighter weight is popular with Endurance Riders and others.

Both BioThane Beta and BioThane Gold finishes come in many colors.  The solid color of your choice; two-tone tack for a little “flash;” or, just add a nice pop of color to Browbands and accessories. Take a look at our BioThane SpecTACKular Color Chart (click here for printable PDF).

BIOTHANE ® is a registered trademark of BioPlastics Company, Inc. in North Ridgeville, OH and is used under license. All Rights reserved.

 


 

OUR HARDWARE

The Buckless, Snaps, Conchoss, Loops, Snap, Rings, Screws, etc. 

All of our hardware & Tack fittings are made from high quality, non-ferrous Stainless Steel.  Not a stainless steel finish or plating – our Hardware is Stainless Steel to the core.  Stainless Steel is the only readily available metal that will stand up to performance requirements of our Horseback Riding Tack.  It is strong; its finish is not altered by sweat & washings. It does not peel, tarnish, rust or corrode, even after years of service.  Stainless Steel hardware is the standard for Marine fasteners and it is the only hardware the Amish will use on their own Tack.

  Nickel Brass Stainless Steel
Strength Good Better Best
Tarnish Resistance N/A Coating No Yes
Rust Resistant No Pits Yes

 

Tip:  Want to know if the hardware is stainless steel?  If it sticks to a magnet, it’s not stainless steel.

We have given thought to the selection of each piece of hardware.  Our snaps are strong and secure, but easily opened with one thumb. Thumb Touch Easy Snaps designed for the human hand to operate.  No struggle or extra strength needed.  Many of our customers have small hands or arthritic hands.  Hassle free is the goal.

Our Essentials Seriess features Stainless Steel Roller Buckles in a polished finish.  If a Tack fit adjustment is needed, the BioThane strap glides over that little roller. A small, but noticeable difference. Durable and functional hardware is used throughout.

Our Classic Series proudly feature the Horse Shoe Brand Hardware.  Yes, its stainless steel too. Horse Shoe Brand is made by saddles maker and leather craftsmen, Jeremiah Watt.  You’ll immediately notice the detailing in the finishes – Brushed or Black Inlay.  The man certainly can make a utilitarian Conway Buckles look like Jewelry. 

What you may not notice is the engineering and functional quality in each piece. Buckles are engineered so that the straps lay flat.  At the base of each buckle “tongue” are two raised grooves to prevent the tongue from flopping side-to-side. The welded metal loop on the back side of Horse Shoe Brand Bridles Loop Concho is thicker then normal.  A Horse Shoe Brand Concho actually has a chance to survive, if your horse rubs on a tree.  Metal artistry is applied throughout the Collections Seriess.

CRYSTAL SPOTS

Our optional Crystal Spots are used on our Changeable Browbandss.  These spots are of quality and have survived our three years of field testing.  These, however, are not stainless steel (if you know of a supplier, we would like to hear from them).  The upside – They are very reasonably priced and on the Interchangeable Browbands.

 


 

We are proud of our products and the materials used to create them.  We are always looking for new materials for our designs that meet our high quality standards & performance specifications.  For vendor consideration or to submit a new material idea contact our Purchasing Dept via email