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It’s been another saddle pad and halter sort of week.

The herd has also grown… uh, a bit, (some were tag-alongs) and several of them needed special saddle pads, because I guess that’s a thing now in addition to halters and blankets.

First, this navy swallowtail styled one.

This is a mini version of full-sized ones sold through the Baroque Horse Store. Lately I’ve been really attracted to Baroque/Medieval-ish/Fantasy inspired tack, so I’m sure more inspired pieces will follow sometime down the road.

I remember reading somewhere that the swallowtail styled pads used to be really popular but went out of fashion in the real horse world?

By the way, the saddle stand was made (and gifted to me <3) by Bobbie of Horse Tender Studio. These stands are super nice and of great quality – check them out!

Next, this colorful English one:

Bobbie also gifted me this fabric, and I couldn’t wait to put it to use. I decided to quilt it with metallic gold thread, which was a huge headache but I like the end result.

And lastly, a western pad was made from a fabric sample I’ve had in a box forever. It was just big enough! The fringe on the bottom was an experiment that seemed to turn out ok.

It’s kind of strange not making a contoured pad though, haha.

Until next time…

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Over the years I’ve collected a lot of hardware for tack making. A lot of pieces were tag-along items to Rio Rondo orders I was placing anyway, but I never realized just how much I had until I piled it all together. I’m not even sure what I have to be honest, and that’s embarrassing.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to use up what I’ve got, so that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do.

The next project to tackle was an English Hackamore.

I admit I’m a bit hesitant to share this – I’m afraid of being accused of copying another artist when the reality is just a coincidence. :/ I tried to make mine as different as I could though, so hopefully it’s ok.

The Portuguese bridle fought me but that was nothing compared to the hackamore. This one seriously made me wonder why I even bother at all. Does anyone else ever feel that way? It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been feeling out of sorts for a couple weeks now.

Another problem could be that this is a first attempt at a hackamore. My real horse knowledge is lacking (and probably shows, haha) but I’m trying. 😦

Still, I managed to finish it in the end, and there are plenty of things about it that irritate me, but it’s done!

And it’s nice to have another useable bridle in my tack collection.

On to the next project…

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I’m so glad it’s a three day weekend! These past few weeks have felt incredibly long, but at the same time, have flown by. Does that make any sense at all? Why are we already 5 days into September? Why are the leaves already changing color?! Didn’t summer just START?!

I’ve been preoccupied with a bunch of non-hobby stuff that all decided to occur around the same time. None of it’s a big deal, really, but I’m the weird sort of person who worries over things like deadlines, appointments and expenses, so having a bunch all at once got me feeling frazzled and irritable.

I’ve also been very busy with Etsy orders, mostly for english saddle pads.

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They’re all off to their new owners as I type this, yay! In-between orders I’ve been messing with my saddle again. As a result my desk has looked a bit chaotic for a few weeks now, which drives me nuts because mess! Clutter! Disorganization arghhh!

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This mess extends above, underneath, in front and off to both sides of the desk… I just cut all that out 😉

But I’m forcing myself to NOT clear it up until this saddle is done, to (hopefully) prevent it from having the same fate as my pleasure saddle, which is currently crying on a paper plate in the closet. (“why won’t you finish meeee?!”)

Anyway, tackling the flaps was the next challenge. They were one piece originally, but were way too long so I had to chop them in half.

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I suppose this turned out to be a good thing, (but only time will tell) as it made it a lot easier to skive down the edges and reduce bulk. Finding ways to reduce bulk is a definite goal with this saddle.

Once I added the knee rolls, I stitched the two pieces back together, much like you would thread a shoelace onto a shoe.

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I tried so hard to make it symmetrical *cries*

I kind of like the end result. Plus, it can fold in half.

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The underside isn’t super neat but a lot less embarrassing than my previous saddle:

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Around this time I realized that I forgot to add D rings. I was half-tempted to just leave them off. I know I’ll never use them and they’re small and hidden on most of my reference photos, but in the end I couldn’t stand it.

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I also added piping to the front, as well as a hidden wire so I can better shape the saddle to the horse’s back.

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The stirrup bars were originally a couple jump rings attached to the bottom of the tree…

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… but I later decided to scrap that and stick them in the saddle flaps instead, like the D rings. I’ve marked out where I want the first one, but until my hardware order arrives (I don’t want to trust my handmade D rings for the stirrups, haha) this is as far as I can get.

I’m also wishing I had thought of this before adding the piping and wire. >_<

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The sweat flaps were made similar to the saddle flaps. (might as well, hey?) I’ve marked out holes that line up with the others, SO, the plan is to stitch them all together somehow.

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I really like how it’s coming along though.

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