I'm skeptical about the horsehide. There's no label saying horse. When I asked vanson about my Metropolitan Comet, they advised it was cow. And they used lighter weight leathers on this line. Still a nice price on a uncommon vanson. Edit: Correction, Kim's email didn't specify horse/cow. It is a leather they called "mirage brown", which I mistook for Octagon, but it is a lighter weight leather than that. At least that's what my Comet is made from, and this looks like the same stuff to me. I sent a follow up asking if they could tell me what type of animal the leather came from, will update if/when I hear. Edit 2: Kim says the "mirage brown" leather my Comet was made from was cow, not horse. I can't say for absolute certain, but I'm pretty sure this one on ebay is misidentified as horse, and is in fact the same mirage brown cowhide. But that's only my opinion.