Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bridle and breastplate

Yay! I finally finished something! This hunter type bridle and breastplate belong to the very patient Kellye Bussey. I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but the breastplate features raised sections on both shoulder pieces.
I generally refer to this type of breastplate as a "hunter breastplate," but in truth, you don't see a lot of breastplates at a hunter show. In fact, a quick scan of my hunter show pictures revealed lots and lots of standing martingales but not one single breastplate.
Despite that, I don't mind seeing a model hunter dressed up in a breastplate. They're not illegal, just somewhat out of fashion. You do see them occasionally at hunter shows--sometimes because of a saddle fitting problem but other times because the owner "just likes the way they look." I totally understand that sentiment. I like the way they look, too!

7 comments:

  1. Those look really nice! What width of leather do you use for your bridles and breastcollars? I am beginning to make tack... :)

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  2. This particular bridle has four different widths of lace--3/16". 1/8", 3/32" and 1/16". The breastplate has the three smaller sizes. You can not actually see the 3/32" lace in either picture. It's all on the underside of the raised sections. All four widths are available from Melody Snow/the Unicorn Woman. This is the Brandy color.

    Hope that helps!

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  3. I wish more Hunters showed with breastplates. I always use one when I ride. I should note that I do ride in a hilly location. I really like the tack you have made. It is very well done.

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  4. I don't like to see circuit hunter entries with a breastplate, it just isn't done anymore. However, if it's marked as a schooling show or a light breed hunter entry then it doesn't bother me much.

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  5. Lovely as usual Jennifer - thank you! I wasn't aware that breastplates weren't used at hunter shows, probably because most of the hunter under saddle classes I've seen have been at stock horse type breed shows and they all use them. I wasn't aware that standing martingales were allowed - but I did see them on most of the horses when I went to an open hunter/jumper show recently. Live and learn!

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  6. Count me as someone who bought a breastplate for the real guy because I liked the look. And same for the models :)

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