Posts Tagged ‘dressage’

Even though I’ve got way too many in-progress pieces right now, I recently had a “lightbulb” moment regarding saddles and immediately had to get started on a new one.

It’s been three years since I last built an English saddle. I find them incredibly intimidating and am often discouraged before I begin. So wanting to have another go at one was something I really couldn’t ignore.

Once I found a nice reference photo, I worked out a pattern of sorts and began with the tree and seat:


This was cut from sheet metal instead of the pop cans I’ve used in the past… it is holding it’s shape much nicer. I also built up the back a bit with epoxy before covering the entire thing with very thin skiver. It’s got a nice weight to it now and so far, so good.


The skirt came next, which is tooling leather I skived down.


After being dyed I (temporarily) stuck it all together with a couple of headpins. I am SO glad I had the sense to punch holes in the tree before covering it with anything.


I think I’ll tackle the flaps next. Wish me luck? o_o

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Every year there is a big three-day event at Rebecca Farm in Montana. Even though this is only 30 minutes from home (and just across the highway from my school) I have never been able to go, and I’ve lived here for over 7 years!

However, this year I was finally able to check it out. I showed up right after my class, and figured I’d spend an hour or so before heading home to pack for the live show and work on homework.

I ended up staying for over four hours, hahaha.


It was a gorgeous day, but windy and a bit cold. A lot was going on. I mostly wandered around, taking pictures and trying to stay out of the way. I watched some dressage riders in the warm up rings for a while…



This grey was gorgeous:



I also got to watch a few dressage tests in the various arenas. There were several going on all at once.







I liked how several of the riders were smiling the whole time! 😀 According to the schedule these were FEI levels and National Horse Trial levels? I’m not sure, it’s a bit confusing to me.

Novice cross-country was next!

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Slow Going

It’s been nearly a month since I last posted here. (already?!) You’d think that after all this time, I would have something to show you all.

Well! I do! So here it is…

Yup. A Noseband. It’s taken me one month to sit down and create a NOSEBAND. Honestly- am I the world’s slowest tack maker or what? This is silly.

However, small as it is, I’m pretty pleased with it. I followed several tack tips on Jennifer’s blog… for the keeper on the buckle you can’t see, the raised noseband and the preparation of the lace. (If you’ve never read any of the tack tips on her blog, I highly suggest you do so! I’m so thankful there are hobbyists like Jennifer who are willing to share their knowledge/methods with everyone. It’s very much appreciated! :))

Now to make the the rest of it! Perhaps I’ll have it done by Christmas. Perhaps.

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