We'll start with a collection of Montana Silversmith's cowboy belt buckles with horse and rodeo themes.
To go with the buckle, view a selection of belts from one of the premier leather goods makers (plus a tip for shopping on your own and a look at some custom belts).
And finally, some ideas on finding a hatband to replace the less-than-exciting one your horse lover already has; or a pair of stampede strings if he or she likes "ridin' in the wind".
The Belt Buckle Shop offers over 600 unique belt buckles, primarily in brass and pewter, including many with equine and western themes. They feature easy, fast online ordering, and usually ship orders within a business day. Also in stock are some fine looking black or tan Oil Tan Harness Leather Belts.
If you've got your heart set on a nice western buckle, there's a good chance you'll find what you're looking for here.
Most of the buckles illustrated are made of sterling silver and solid gold - many are adorned with precious stones, intricate filigree work, and engraving. There are photographs of buckles owned by cowboy legends Casey Tibbs, Bob Wills, and others.
Another fine source for custom belt buckles, quality hand made custom belts, and high quality custom western saddles is Gary's Custom Saddlery and Silver Buckles. Traditional western sterling silver and/or gold belt buckles, designed and created with the discerning tastes of the client in mind, are their specialty.
In a recent visit to a local store we took a very close look at several of the Tony Lama creations and feel without a doubt that most any cowboy or western rider could get many years of good service from one of these belts (and look good in the process). Sheplers carries the Tony Lama and other fine brands. No surprise there, they carry most of the top brands of western attire. Many of the buckles that go with these belts are in themselves extremely attractive.
Speaking of custom-made belts, Kansans Jared and Toma Nuffer have some truly unusual and attractive offerings; silver, turquoise, and crystal combinations set in snakeskin, ostrich, or cowhide. Or, if you are looking for something for the horse together with, or instead of, the horselover, their custom tack is certainly worth a look as well. The name of the outfit is 5J Custom Tack.
The hatband can add a touch of class or a ton of character to an otherwise plain cowboy hat. No guarantee that it will make a 2X hat look like a 9X hat but it just might get you part of the way there. But there is certainly much to be said to adding a little design or splash of color to a black, white, or silverbelly hat, or for that matter, a straw.
Sheplers has some nice bands and "stampede strings" in stock - worth a look. The stampede strings (they usually come in pairs) are what you use to hold your hat on your head at full gallop or when your on the trail and crossing over the pass in windy weather (saves you the trouble of going all the way back down to look for your hat!)
If you give a pair of stampede strings as a gift you might first check to see if the recipient has a hat he or she doesn't mind poking a couple of holes in.
If your horse lover's one and only cowboy hat is a $180 Stetson, they might not care to use the stampede strings. Of course they probably shouldn't be taking such a hat out on a week long trail ride either.