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I’m attempting to make at least one tack piece every month this year. This weekend I had time to put together the first, a western bridle made to fit Breyer’s “Wyatt” mold:

This was based off a photo of a Billy Royal bridle. I chose it because there were two new things I wanted to try making: the knotted browband and the leather ties attaching it to the bit.

The browband was a lot easier than I thought it would be. (good reference photos help so much!) The stitching shouldn’t go all the way to the end though. I always make my browbands too big at first, and made the mistake of adding the stitches before fitting it properly. Something to keep in mind for next time anyway…!

But aside from that minor detail, I’m really happy with this bridle.

The leather ties work just like the full-sized ones do. There’s no way I’ll be changing the bit out though, so they are glued in place, but I love the added detail.

I also love details like this, which you can’t even see but it’s still there so it makes me happy:

So, January? Done! February…? I have ideas…


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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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Once upon a time I started a western show halter…

… then completely forgot about it. I found this buried in the chaos of my tack supplies. When did I start working on this?? Why did I abandon it?

Well, after sitting forgotten for who knows how many years, it’s finished now.

Now it can live happily ever after with Zippo. 😛

For fun, I thought I would dig out my first attempt at a western show halter (made in 2009) and compare it to this one.

Two things I remember struggling with were tongue buckles and skiving lace. Both have gotten a lot easier to do over the years, and that’s encouraging!

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