Posts Tagged ‘tack’

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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One of the best things about NMTM is that it left me feeling motivated to make more tack, whether that’s stuff I’ve got in the works or projects I’ve been thinking about, but never made the time for. I haven’t made a ton of progress, but I did sit down last weekend and put together some reflective/high visibility tack pieces. I’ve had this stuff stashed away for ages and have been eager to put it to some use!

I realllly appreciate people who wear reflective clothing during low-light hours. I drive to work before dawn every day and come across a lot of early-morning joggers. While they’re not likely to dash out in front of me just knowing where they are is helpful.
Reflective gear on horses seems to be more common in Europe than the US, but I wanted to try making some in miniature anyway.

The halters were made with a couple of new techniques.

I’m especially pleased with the tiny “grommets” on the crown piece:

The breastcollars were an experiment which, unfortunately, look better off the horses than on them.

This is mostly because I over-estimated strap lengths and had a heck of a time adjusting them to my saddles and horses. (my saddles make me crazy – I’m so tempted to tear them apart and re-do some pieces!)

What I need to fix was easier to see once it was on the horse, which is good! Little things to keep in mind in case I decide to make some more.

Here’s an English style breastcollar:

Also, I can’t stand this leather lace! But test pieces use the not-so-good materials first, so…

And the western one:

The reflective strips are real, just a pain to photograph! I did manage to get a couple “glowy” ones though.

Silly in a way, but fun. 😛 I want to try making boots and quarter sheets someday soon, because why not??

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NMTM – Finished!

Finished… with a few days to spare! 🙂 I got the flights and ribbons completed today, so all was left was to dress the horse up and get pictures taken.

I am really happy with how the entire set came together.

There are things that bug me and of course there is always room for improvement, but I think it’s ok?

I hope so!

I’ve found it really hard to find any information on sets like these (as well as showing a Suffolk Punch in general) on the internet, so I’m hoping that I got it right… or close to right, anyway. 😉

I am so happy it’s finished, and kind of relieved too. I’ve wanted to make this horse tack since I got him – I’m glad NMTM gave me the extra push to get it done! ^_^

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