Barcoo Bridle

Dundee’s inspired me to try making some Australian tack. I’m not brave enough to make a saddle (yet) but a Barcoo bridle seemed much more manageable.

The cheek pieces on this bridle are made from one piece, looping through the bit and the ring at the top. I couldn’t get away with my cheater (non-moving) keepers here. XD And there’s a backwards one underneath the buckle on both sides, to help hold everything together.

Here’s how it looks on the horse:

I’ve been trying to pay close attention to how my recent bridles fit. (this post on the Braymere blog is incredibly helpful) I think this one could be better adjusted, but maybe I’m being too picky.

Another thing I have been struggling with are leather reins. I have the worst time getting them to drape nicely and don’t understand how other hobbyists can deal with them at all.
For this set I chose to just skive and sand the leather, and not treat it with gum tragacanth or leather conditioner or anything, and that seemed to help. (but the fuzzies BUG me, even after trimming them away) If anyone has any advice on leather reins I’d love to hear it!!

It feels really good to be working on tack again though. I haven’t done much leather work since… April? I think.

Also, today is my birthday. :3 I’m 29, but I don’t feel or (I guess) look like it. I still get asked what year I am in high school lol.


Six Months

BreyerWest 2019 was officially announced earlier this month.

For the last three years, Breyerwest has been held at the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo in Albany, Oregon.

Since it started up again, I’ve thought about going. Usually, something comes up to prevent it, or I make excuses, or I don’t seriously consider it until it’s too late.

Right now March is six months away. That should be enough time for me to get my ducks ponies in a row.

If I don’t make this happen it’s not going to happen, so this week, I got the OK from my boss for a few days off.

I also got a room at the hotel reserved.

Right now I’m feeling a mix of nervousness and a lot of excitement. Tickets aren’t available yet, so I guess it’s not officially official, but still! I’m definitely planning on being there!

Six months is a long time, but it’s also not very long at all.

I have so. much. to. do. O_O AAAHHHHH


I had a feeling I should join the Premier Club this year. I ignored it. I regret it.

But thanks to another hobbyist I was able to add the second, Dundee, to the herd! ❤

Photos of this horse have been everywhere lately, so, sorrynotsorry for adding a few more. 😉

I really, really love this mold. Performance friendly horses are my favorites. (I’m still waiting for a performance Arab that’s not trotting, but cantering or walking without his head in the clouds)

My copy certainly isn’t perfect, but I’m happy with him anyway. His mapping is different from what I’ve seen on other mapped models. It looks like there is grey shading underneath it. A nice experiment, but I think I like the way they mapped previous models better. 🙂

Premier brothers: