Posts Tagged ‘bridle’

Long time no post? It’s been… nearly a month already, yikes. I have been busy with work and Etsy orders and life, but in between all that I’ve been poking at personal hobby projects.

One was a white bridle for Breyer’s Friesian, which I finished up this week. It was made to look like ones commonly used in a Friesian “Keuring” or inspection.

Horses are typically shown in a white bitted bridle. I opted for a plain snaffle on mine (which is a jump ring and seed bead) as that’s what I kept seeing in reference photos.

And I did cheat a bit with the lead rope, using twisted embroidery thread instead of leather. I don’t think it really matters as I’ve seen both on real horses. 🙂

One thing I couldn’t ignore was the amount of keepers… this bridle has fourteen of them!

Keepers are one of those things I love for their detail and hate because they are fiddly to make.

It came together nicely in the end though. I think my strap work has improved a lot this year.

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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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This week’s project was a Portuguese/Baroque inspired bridle, made to fit Alborozo.

This bridle was another one of those pieces that just didn’t want to be made. Eventually I got it to cooperate with me, but that was after losing tiny pieces, breaking pieces, dropping stuff in glue, etc etc…

All of the metal pieces are from Rio Rondo. I’ve never made anything so decked out in silver before!

And I’ve never tried a Spanish-type bridle either so this was fun, when it wasn’t fighting me of course. 😉

One thing I had trouble with were the metal keepers that came with the hardware sheet. They are too wide for the lace when folded and break easily. It was suggested to glue the pieces on leather keepers instead, which worked out a lot better.

I wanted to keep the edges silver though, so they got a touch of silver alcohol ink. I really like the end result, and unless you look really close, they imitate the look of metal keepers fairly well.

I struggled a lot with the fit but I’m hoping that’s another thing that will get better with practice. There are some things about it that bother me (there’s always something) but overall I’m happy with how it came together.

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