Several years ago, Regan ordered a Portuguese saddle set for her Vizcaya resin. Even though I had NO IDEA how I was going to make it, I let her pay me in advance. Big mistake. I made the bridle and breastplate right away, but the saddle scared me. I didn't know where to start. I bought materials and looked at reference pictures. I sketched out the different parts and looked at more pictures. Still, the light bulb did not go on over my head. I tried to force it and got nowhere. Eventually I put everything aside and moved on to other, easier projects. A year passed...
Regan and I do not live next door to one another, but we go to the same model shows and we were riding at the same barn. As even more months slipped by, I found that guilt was making me want to avoid Regan. This was bad because I like going to model horse shows, I like riding and I like Regan. Something had to be done. I was still completely blocked in regards to the Portuguese saddle so I made her a dressage saddle instead. Free.
This was the first dressage saddle I'd ever made, and I was incredibly proud of it. Even after all this time, I think it looks pretty good.
I finally finished the Portuguese set in early 2007. I kind of had to. It was that or make her a free huntseat saddle!
I also made a free saddle for another hobbyist last December as part of Model Horse Blab's Secret Santa gift exchange. If I remember correctly it was a classic saddleseat saddle much like this one.
I didn't sign up for any model horse gift exchanges this year. I was worried I wouldn't have time between the holidays (my in-laws are coming!) and my tack commitments. I'm regretting that decision a bit now. Those exchanges are always so much fun, and as I've been cleaning the house in preparation for holiday visitors, I've found all sorts of model horse goodies that I can happily live without. Keep an eye on this space. I'll probably post some of them here in the next couple weeks.