Miniature Tack

It seems like every time I get about halfway through a miniature tack project, I remember why it drives me so crazy, and why I find prop building so much more relaxing. Because I'm already committed, I finish the project, sweep up the clumps of my hair from the floor, and swear off tiny leather straps and itty-bitty buckles forever.

Then the painful memory fades, and sometime later I wind up doing the same thing all over again.

double bridle

Double bitted bridle done with Rio Rondo cast bit and etched buckles. I did this years ago, and really need to do a new one...eventually.

blue halterblue halter

A much simpler and more recently completed soft suede leather halter and lead set (I still need to trim the extra length off the crown strap). This was soothing enough that I actually did two at the same time.

gaspar stud bridle 2gaspar stud

Here one of my North Light Friesians is looking spiffy in his new but not-quite-completed stud bridle. This was one of those cases where I was inspired to make something specific by a particular individual in my collection, rather than deciding I needed a new whatever and then wondering which horses I ought to fit.

stud bridle 1stud bridle 2

However, Gaspar is going to wind up having to share after all, as it turns out he's not the only horse who looks spiffy in this. :-)

Wester Bridle Leftstud bridle 2

My most recent attempt at a western show bridle. I can't come close to some of the incredible work being done by more talented and professional tack makers, but it doens't hurt to practice. The fun thing about this piece is the crown strap, brow band, and reins are all easily interchangeable, so I can switch them out for others that are made to fit different models exactly, or ones that are loaded with a bit more more bling. That's the other fun thing about western tack in general – you can go a little crazy with decorations (well, within reason), whereas english tack tends to be more conservative.

Which is not to say English fashion is always more conservative than Western – if you watched any coverage of the guests at Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding, you couldn't have missed those hats. ;-)

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