This is just one of three different buildings housing hundreds of Western and English companies for retailers to purchase from.
Give us your opinion on New Western and English Companies
Every January we attend the Western and English Sales Association (WESA) market. This is an opportunity for us to see hundreds of new products from many of our vendors. It also provides us the chance to see several other companies that are either new or that we do not have regular salesman for. This is where you come in!
Before we head to the WESA market in January of 2018 we want to gauge your interest in companies we currently do not carry. Below you’ll find a link to a quick 3-4 minute survey asking just a few questions about companies we have been asked about over the years. We’ll leave the survey open until December 30th so you all have plenty of time to complete it. This will give us a chance to see all of your responses and consider if there is sufficient interest to add companies.
We also want to reward you for taking the time to complete the survey. So at the end of the survey you will find a box to enter your email address. When you enter your email address we’ll send you a coupon come January once the survey has closed. The coupon will be good for a one time use until the end of February. Thank you!
It’s a question I am often asked when helping someone who is purchasing new boots. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s their first or hundredth pair of boots. Inevitably people want to know what are the most comfortable boots. So without further ado.
The most comfortable boots are…
Closed Christmas Day
Closing at 5pm New Years Eve & Closed New Years Day
As many of you already know we carry a variety New of Western and English tack and apparel, but did you know we also have a used tack and apparel department?
If you’re just starting out with horses then you know it can be expensive to get everything you need. Our used section helps offset some of these costs by providing quality items at a fraction of the cost. Whether it’s your first year showing or you’re a seasoned veteran looking to save, you’ll find a good selection of unique western show apparel and tailored hunt coats and shirts.
Like many second hand shops it pays to check back often, as our stock changes often throughout the spring and summer months when people are looking to get ready for the summer 4-H season.
Along with the apparel, you will find a wall full of Western and English saddles and a small section of headstalls, reins, bits, and other tack. We do keep all of the used western saddles and used English saddles online on our website and update it quickly when new saddles arrive.
So stop by and see what treasures reside in back, and who knows maybe you’ll find the very outfit or piece of tack you’ve been searching for. Check back soon for more information on how to put items in our consignment section.
With cyber Monday and Black Friday behind us, we can now focus on getting the last of this years highly sought after Christmas gifts. Some of the more elusive gifts might have to be special ordered and even though we offer special orders sometimes the companies we order them from don’t operate on the same time scale we do.
If you’re looking to get a pair of boots or special tack item this year we recommend you come in sooner rather than later. Special order items usually take anywhere from a week to ten business days to get in.
Also if you’re ordering from our website keep in mind that we strive to keep everything in-stock but there are times where we may not have an item. If it is out of stock we will do everything within our power to get it in from the manufacturer for Christmas. This Christmas season we guarantee in-stock items will arrive by Christmas if purchased by 11:59pm December 17th.
As the holiday’s approach we wanted to remind everyone that we will have special Holiday hours on Sunday’s 12:30 – 5:00, starting this Sunday November 25th until Sunday December 23rd. All of our other hours will remain the same.
We hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving this Thursday and hope to see you all soon.
Ever wondered what a cowboy hat looks like before it becomes this?
Wonder no more! We recently started stocking an open crown hat from Atwood Hats. The specific hat we have does have a different band to it – your traditional felt band with buckle and tip.
I’m sure many of you are thinking this thing looks goofy or nobody is going to wear it in the show ring. To be honest you’re right! We didn’t get it for that reason. The great thing about open crown hats, is they allow us to “block” or shape the crown to the style you’d like. Also the brim is 5″ rather than the standard 4″. This too will allow us to customize the brim to the shape and size you would like.
Don’t be frightened and think this is the way all hats are going to start coming, even though years ago that was the case. We will continue to stock hats as you saw in the first image at all times. We decided to have an open crown hat due to the number of requests we are getting for lower crowns and different shaped crowns. This will allow us to accommodate those needs for anyone.
John will custom shape each hat so that you can get the exact hat you want. You can base the crown off something we have in stock or if you see something on-line bring in a picture and we’ll do our best to shape it like the picture.
So there you have it. A way to get your very own “custom” hat. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.
For ten plus years Elmer has been bringing you little memorable moments, with all his different little quirks. Unfortunately Elmer won’t be learning any more tricks or quirks as he has been retired.
We’re sad to see Montana Silversmiths put Elmer out to pasture but they believe he has lived a good life. Montana Silversmiths will continue to focus on western jewelry with innovative new lines and high quality belt buckles.
Although Elmer is going away, we do have some existing Elmer models available and you can see them all on our website and in store. Let us know what you think of this in the comments below, on our Al-Bar Facebook page, or by phone (574) 259-1188.
We’ve recently made some changes here in the store by adding new displays for our western saddles. These displays make it easier to view of our new western saddles. We can easily house 40 plus new western saddles and have a great area for you to sit in the new saddles while working with our knowledgeable staff. Take a look at the new displays below.
There is still one more display rack in production and should be put up in the next few days. As well it gives us some room to display girths and the professionals choice boots right next to the saddles. We’ve gotten some comments from people who have stopped in and seen them already. Let us know what you think in the comments below or stop in and tell us yourself.