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.
10 thoughts on “Friesian Keuring Bridle”
Great job! You are a patient gal with 14 keepers! It looks so gorgeous! I always get great ideas from your blog. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and happy tacking to you! Many blessings to you and yours!
That is truly beautiful. I’ve always loved this mold, too.
It looks amazing! I should really try to make something like that for my new Fresian mare.
Wow! The intricacy of all those little buckles and keepers… incredible! I didn’t know they were used for ‘Keuring’s, either, it’s always interesting learning about how model tack would be used in the real show ring. 🙂
This is a striking piece. Yes, I’d say you’ve improved!
How do you keep the “bit” against his/her mouth? Do you glue it?
Nope, it’s held in place with sticky wax. I actually use dental wax as it’s cheap and easy to find locally. 🙂
Oh now that takes patience… I love all the little buckles! How does it all stay together? Mine just keep falling apart.