Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Can't Focus" Sunday or "hey, want some more reference photos?"

I'm having a hard time focusing this sunday so of course, I'm hunting around for something else to think about.. SO......

I decided to show you some of my saddlseat reference photos.  My Friend Danille Hart got me thinking about this reference after she asked for it earlier this week.

These particular photos are specifically "Saddlebred" style Saddleseat.  I know that a lot of folks think that "Saddleseat" saddles and styles are all the same, but they are not.  Arabians, Morgans, Saddlebreds and Tennessee Walking horses all use their saddleseats differently and there are different styles of saddlseat saddles.  Also, believe it or not, different states even have a "culture" that is different from one another.  Since I live in Kentucky, I'm going to share the knowledge that I have gleaned from shows and saddlesat barns here.  This is a touchy subject with saddleseat people so please understand, I am not trying to be the VOICE of saddlseat for model horses.  These are just my observations and opinions.

Firstly, if you'll notice in the two shots that are first in line above, the saddleseat saddle does not fit, in any way, like a hunt seat saddle.  The modern saddleseat saddle was designed to allow the shoulder complete freedom.  The saddle sits behind the withers and behind the shoulder.   Any other placement is considered wrong for a saddlebred.

Second there are many different kinds of saddlseat saddles.  The Saddleseat folks local to Kentucky like the almost, entirely FLAT saddleast.  The "dippy-er" saddleseat saddles are used for Saddlebred equitation riders.

Third, laced reins are optional.  Some riders use a snaffle rein that is laced; Some folks use both the snaffle and pelham reins laced; Some use reins that are not laced at all.  There is no rule governing this so any are allowed.

Fourth: and this is what I have heard from hanging around saddlebred folk-  the preferred browband color is Red or maroon.  Yes, peple do use other colors but by and large what you'll see in the ring, the braids, browband and nosebands are either red or maroon.  There is no rule governing the color so any color is allowed.

Fifth- Like the Huntseat folks, the preferred color of tack is Havana Brown or dark brown.  A lot of times the tack looks black but that is the oil on the tack that is darkening it.

Some of the other photos above show the boots that the saddlebreds wear and a Cavesson set that I liked a lot at Friedmans booth during the Worlds Championship Horse show a few years ago.

Most of my photos above were taken at Premier Stables in Simpsonville, Ky.  My friend Robin Hudson was nice enough to show me around and allow me to snap photos to my hearts desire :-)

I do realize that the Arabians, Morgans and TWH folks have different opinions of what is correct for saddlseat so if you want to comment with any particular point, (or questions)please feel free.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Whats on my Workbench?

There is a thread on a Model Horse Hobby Forum that is in the "tackmaker section" called "whats on your workbench".  I think it's pretty much the best thread on the whole forum.  I love seeing other tackmaker's work and they inspire me to no end.  So... from left to right above:

My western pleasure saddle that I've temporarily put down until I get through the halter orders I took in Feb.  I intend to go back to it soon :-)

The next piece over is an OLD piece that I am going to redo.  It belongs to my friend Anna Tackett.  I have drug my feet on it because I can't decide if I'm going to keep the design of it as it is now, or completely revamp it so that it's more "correct" in my mind.  That is a constant struggle to me: Realistic or Artistic?  And because of that conflict, it's just kinda sat.

The Next Halter is for Robin Smith and I have some really fun ideas in mind for it :0)

The next piece is probably going to be a bitted kind of show bridle.  I think of Morgans or Saddlebreds or Warmbloods.  Since it's black, It'll a bit limited on how I can use it.

The next piece over was originally made to be the bridle to match the western saddle set but I've since changed my mind about it.  Eventually it'll be finished and sold.

The halter next to that is going to be a totally frivolous but fun sort of 4th of july halter.  No idea what I could use it for but I was very inspired by the blue dyed leather :-)

The reins over top of the halter are  set of reins I started, thinking they'd be a fun, quick project.. Nothing in my world is quick and easy.  I'm just kind of "like that".. so they'll sit and probably be the next piece for a giveaway.

And lastly are the bits and pieces for a braided bridle set for me.  I really love those colors and I had a great design in mind, but I've forgotten it now.. lol   Ah well. eventually though I'll finish all of those pieces.. I think...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Okie Rio Sized halter

Finished this over the weekend, in between dodging shoulder and back pain (sigh)..  I love halters on okie's stout little head. :-)