Ravel

I only planned on buying one “you-can’t-go-to-Breyerfest” horse this year, but when I spotted this guy I had to snatch him right away.

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Ravel has also been one of those horses that I’ve been searching for since he was released, but had a hard time finding.

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This is mostly because I am really picky. The promo picture shows him with a nice lightly shaded muzzle but the release often lacked this. That was disappointing because that’s what I really liked about him, along with his lightning-bolt shaped blaze.

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Kind of lightning-ish, anyway😉

He was also one of those horses that seemed incredibly prone to box rubs, along with Zenyatta, who was released around the same time.

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I am so glad I was in the right place at the right time for this guy!

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Even though I’ve got way too many in-progress pieces right now, I recently had a “lightbulb” moment regarding saddles and immediately had to get started on a new one.

It’s been three years since I last built an English saddle. I find them incredibly intimidating and am often discouraged before I begin. So wanting to have another go at one was something I really couldn’t ignore.

Once I found a nice reference photo, I worked out a pattern of sorts and began with the tree and seat:

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This was cut from sheet metal instead of the pop cans I’ve used in the past… it is holding it’s shape much nicer. I also built up the back a bit with epoxy before covering the entire thing with very thin skiver. It’s got a nice weight to it now and so far, so good.

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The skirt came next, which is tooling leather I skived down.

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After being dyed I (temporarily) stuck it all together with a couple of headpins. I am SO glad I had the sense to punch holes in the tree before covering it with anything.

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I think I’ll tackle the flaps next. Wish me luck? o_o

Bobby Jo

Bobby Jo recently joined the herd.

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She’s one of the Premier Club horses, and one I’ve been searching and grabby-hands-ing for since she was first released.

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She was also a “everyone-is-going-to-Breyerfest-except-me-retail-therapy horse”
… but nevermind that.

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Like Latigo, she has nicely painted eyes:

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And mapping around her white markings:

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Thanks again, Jennifer and Leah!😀

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