Back before the 50s, horsehide was the main material for motorcycle jackets, since horses were in abundance and used for many purposes. Many agree that horsehide is much more durable than the traditional cowhide that is used for leather jackets today, but it does take longer to break in. It also requires much more time and attention when it comes to maintenance and cleaning. Horsehide jackets are not commonly sold, and so they are worth more money now than ever before. For more information, Anne Gill of the eHow website explains all about jackets made out of horsehide.