Even More Halters

Soo… this week has been rough. :/ But I’ve been making more halters every day after work, since I’m apparently in one of my halter-making-moods. (they’re easy and fun to make, what can I say?)

There are more reflective halters:

Break-away halters:

A padded halter and a couple striped ones too:

The blue striped one is the one that started all this. I got distracted looking up tack ideas for my new Andalusian mare and stumbled across a photo of one in a pretty, blue-striped halter.

I couldn’t re-create it exactly, but this is still pretty close.

The padded halter looks ok on the horse…

But I think I need to re-work some things on it still.

In addition to all the halters, samples of my new fabric patterns arrived in the mail. I wasted no time in turning them into saddle pads.

They’re so TACKY, hahaha! 😀

My Etsy shop will be stocked with most (not all) of these items soon, so keep an eye out if you’re interested. 🙂

Reflective Tack

One of the best things about NMTM is that it left me feeling motivated to make more tack, whether that’s stuff I’ve got in the works or projects I’ve been thinking about, but never made the time for. I haven’t made a ton of progress, but I did sit down last weekend and put together some reflective/high visibility tack pieces. I’ve had this stuff stashed away for ages and have been eager to put it to some use!

I realllly appreciate people who wear reflective clothing during low-light hours. I drive to work before dawn every day and come across a lot of early-morning joggers. While they’re not likely to dash out in front of me just knowing where they are is helpful.
Reflective gear on horses seems to be more common in Europe than the US, but I wanted to try making some in miniature anyway.

The halters were made with a couple of new techniques.

I’m especially pleased with the tiny “grommets” on the crown piece:

The breastcollars were an experiment which, unfortunately, look better off the horses than on them.

This is mostly because I over-estimated strap lengths and had a heck of a time adjusting them to my saddles and horses. (my saddles make me crazy – I’m so tempted to tear them apart and re-do some pieces!)

What I need to fix was easier to see once it was on the horse, which is good! Little things to keep in mind in case I decide to make some more.

Here’s an English style breastcollar:

Also, I can’t stand this leather lace! But test pieces use the not-so-good materials first, so…

And the western one:

The reflective strips are real, just a pain to photograph! I did manage to get a couple “glowy” ones though.

Silly in a way, but fun. 😛 I want to try making boots and quarter sheets someday soon, because why not??

NMTM – Finished!

Finished… with a few days to spare! 🙂 I got the flights and ribbons completed today, so all was left was to dress the horse up and get pictures taken.

I am really happy with how the entire set came together.

There are things that bug me and of course there is always room for improvement, but I think it’s ok?

I hope so!

I’ve found it really hard to find any information on sets like these (as well as showing a Suffolk Punch in general) on the internet, so I’m hoping that I got it right… or close to right, anyway. 😉

I am so happy it’s finished, and kind of relieved too. I’ve wanted to make this horse tack since I got him – I’m glad NMTM gave me the extra push to get it done! ^_^