Tack Prep

Last week I managed to hurt my wrist at work. It’s nothing bad, just sore. I know better than to push through it, so I’ve been taking it easy and it’s been getting better. In the meantime, I’ve been prepping for a new tack project.

I’ve decided that Hamilton needs a Saddleseat set.

I know nothing about Saddleseat, have never made a cutback saddle or a double bridle. So this should be… interesting. My biggest concern is following through with it, because I’m very good at starting things but finishing them…? ๐Ÿ˜…

I like to plan out as much as I can beforehand. This means researching and looking for good reference photos. (eBay is great for this, and I use Pinterest as well) I always forget how much time this takes.

Next is sketching everything out, especially if it’s something I’m not familiar with. Breaking pieces down helps me visualize how they’re assembled, and how I’ll put them together in miniature. It also gives me an idea of what materials I’ll need, like lacing and hardware. Running out of something in the middle of a project is so frustrating!

Trying to figure out an equalizer girth

I hoard collect hardware so naturally I don’t have everything I need. But hey it’s an excuse to buy more shiny things.

Some supplies are coming in, like this waxed thread I got off of Etsy. I think, once untwisted, the strands will work well for laced reins.

While I haven’t started any tack yet, I did create a red ribbon braid for the mane. I don’t know the story behind these ribbons… I think it’s just tradition for American Saddlebreds?

The Hamilton mold has a “ribbon” sculpted into his mane already. I don’t like sculpted ribbons or tack so I covered that up with a new braid. It’s held on with sticky wax and was made with 1/16 satin ribbon.

I like the way this looks but I also think it’s too thick.

I made a second one, twisting two strands together this time.

I like the size of this one better, but I might try making another out of embroidery floss. (I really wanted those ribbon tail ends though… hmmm)

Tack prep is kind of boring but I find it really helpful. Hopefully next time I’ll have more to show. And hopefully I won’t hurt myself again. ๐Ÿ˜ถ

7 thoughts on “Tack Prep

  1. Good luck! I’ve been toying with makin a saddle seat set for Hammy too. Hope your wrist gets better!

  2. Your scale sense is spot on. Braided thread ends could be ‘fixed and flared’ with glue or wax. (I admit I have not done this.)

  3. I believe that the ribbons that are braided into the horse’s mane are to make the mane appear longer and helps enhance the movement of the mane when the horse is performing different gaits. Not 100% sure, but that’s what I’ve heard.

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