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Another Bareback Set

I’m so creative with my post titles, aren’t I? >_<

Anyway, yes! I finished up another bareback pad today… I think I posted an in-progress shot of it not too long ago. But it’s got a girth, and a halter/bridle combo to go with it now.

This set is a donation for the Central Coast Live Show in Australia this May.

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I built it mostly on a Lady Phase (she’s a good go-to model for tack fitting) so it’s a bit too big for the PAM, but she’s so cute in tack isn’t she? I couldn’t resist dressing her up for some pictures.

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Bareback pads, take 2

Not too long ago I discovered that pre-soldered jump rings DO exist. Learning how to solder has been on the “I-really-need-to-learn-how-to-do-this” list but it’s also one of those things that is so… ugh. I really need to look into it more, but I’m glad I can just purchase the rings I need for the time being.

It got me thinking about re-working my bareback pads. Since I’ve gotten much more comfortable with the machine, sewing them completely is something I’ve been wanting to try. Now the paranoia of buckle tongues falling off their rings is gone too, hooray!
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I’m a lot happier with their overall look and construction now.
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I’ve been playing around with some patterned fabric I have on hand too:
BareBackPadPrintsSome of these will be available for sale if there’s an interest. ^_^

Also, here are this week’s saddle pads:
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So yes! I’ve been busy but it’s a good busy so I’m happy. 🙂

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I make tongue buckles in ribbon by melting holes. The holes are sealed this way, so they won’t start fraying and shredding your ribbon. It does require some practice though. I would recommend making several holes in a piece of scrap ribbon just to get the feel of it first.

Also, use common sense. I don’t think this is particularly dangerous but you’re still going to want to be careful so you don’t burn yourself or set anything on fire.

Ok! One thing that helps me is to secure the ribbon to a roll of masking tape. This frees up my hands and keeps the ribbon nice and tight.

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I use a thick needle for this. Using a pair of pliers (do NOT hold it in your fingers) I hold it in the flame for a few seconds…

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…then hold it at a perpendicular angle and gently pierce a hole in the ribbon. If it doesn’t melt, hold it in the flame for a few more seconds and try again. Like I said, it’s a good idea to practice this several times on a scrap piece.

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Eventually you’ll have a row of tiny holes. BP_18

For the handle, cut a 2 in piece of 1/8 ribbon. Glue one end to the underside of the girth strap, (I flipped that strap over to hide the silver dots I missed, whoops…) then glue to the top of the pad. Fold the handle underneath the pad and glue in place.BP_19

Before stitching, I like to lightly trace around the pad with white chalk. This acts as a guide when I’m sewing and can be easily rubbed off later.BP_20

Sew around the pad, by hand or machine, whatever you prefer. I’m using a backstitch here instead of a running stitch. Remember to sew through the girth strap, and if you can, catch the underside of the handle as well. (but don’t sew it down!)BP_21

To cover up everything underneath, cut a piece of material using the pattern, then trim it down to size. I have used fabric in the past, but keep in mind that this will need to be sealed to help prevent fraying. (This red pad here needs more work, haha) For this example, I chose to cut a piece of black felt instead. It’s a bit more bulky but won’t fray.BP_22

Next, taper the ends of the girth strap, seal them and your bareback pad is complete!BP_23

To make the girth, fashion two buckles from wire (what I’ve shown I’ve hammered flat, but leaving it round is fine too) add tongues and attach to another piece of ribbon. You don’t have to melt holes for the tongues if you don’t want to. I’ve had good luck by just cutting a tiny notch and sealing it once I’ve attached the buckle.
I’ve backed the entire thing with another piece of felt so my horses won’t be scratched. This one measures about 5 inches and fits larger models. A 4 inch girth fits smaller horses, but you’ll want to measure your horse anyway to double check.

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There you have it! Have fun. 🙂BP_25

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