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Reference Book

The bulk of my reference photos exist in a folder on my hard drive. That folder is divided into sub-folders, which are further divided into sub-sub folders. It’s an ever-growing collection of pictures and information that would leave me pretty upset if something were to happen to it. (Back up your stuff people. Seriously.)

I’m always on the lookout for good reference books, however. I came across this one and wanted to share some of it with you all…

Ref_BookMost of the “tack” books I own focus on modern English (and some Western) tack. This one seems to cover bits and pieces of everything, from really early saddles and how they evolved over the years…

Ref_Book5to ceremonial saddles…

Ref_book1and various western saddles.

Ref_Book4There’s also a bit about racing saddles, polo saddles, sidesaddles, bronc saddles, and all sorts of bridles, girths, boots… like I said, a mix of everything! What won me over was the section on Harness…



I think it was first published in 1981 so some information and styles are probably outdated. Still, if you’re interested in how different saddles developed through the years and whatnot, it’s an interesting read.

The best part though? There are sellers on Amazon selling this book for .50 cents. 😉

Anyone have any recommendations for other books? Like I said, I’m always on the lookout for more!

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Here’s a link to featured art and photos from an Equine Photography group at Red Bubble. Definitely worth checking out! Most can be bought as cards, prints or posters as well. 😀

Also, be sure to check out this users photography! There are some great shots under “Prancing Horses.” 🙂

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I came across this Flickr pool that focuses on Decorated domestic animals. I clicked on the horses tag and got loads of fantastic pictures, several of them of horses in brightly colored tack. There’s also some good shots of jousting or medieval costumes in there, along with harness, racing and some royal guard shots too.

So, I figured I would pass the link along, in case you’re bored with the regular western tack and want to try something different. (or just want to look at gorgeous photos!)

BTW, the pony photo is mine, taken in Albania a couple of years ago. 🙂

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