Thursday, December 10, 2009

Linda's saddle + raffle reminder

I've spent the morning putting the finishing touches on Linda's saddle. As per usual, I thought it was done until I photographed it. Somehow it's always easier to see the small problems in pictures than it is in real life! This saddle is made from a new pattern that is somewhere between "small traditional" and "traditional pony" in size. It was designed to fit Linda's Power Steering, Zyde-Go-Go and Sovran resins.
Whiplash is not the best model to display tack on. Doesn't the saddle look smaller on this side than it did on the other? It's not, I promise!
Before I go, I want to remind everyone that the deadline to enter the Friends of My Blog raffle is just five days away. Entry is free--leave a comment on any post, old or new, and you will be entered automatically. Prizes include a $50 tack credit as well as a few other small tack items. Winners will be chosen December 17. Good luck to everyone!

24 comments:

  1. Interesting how you see "little problems" in a photo rather than in real life. In drawing class I was taught to either turn a drawing upside down or view it in a mirror to see where problems were. The mirror trick was always telltale for me. Intriguing what our mind sees and doesn't see as we work on things...

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  2. If it's imperfect, you should just send it to me and I'll make sure you never have to see it again :) Lovely craftsmanship. So, how will Whiplash be competing in English? Jumping I'm assuming?

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  3. I hope this is the Linda in RX that has a whiplash so I can see the saddle in person and what she does with it!

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  4. Laura - I think you're right, Whiplash is competeing in jumping! Sorta like this...

    Lol, that would be an interesting other performance entry. ;)

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  5. My whiplash won a NAN top ten in show jumping, making a super sharp turn to get to a high point value jump. Of course now I have loads and loads of other horses to show in jumping and whiplash hasn't had to do it in years... but he can!

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  6. Hey Blackthorne, is that your photo? You've given me an idea for tomorrow's post, but I want to be able to use that picture for part of it...

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  7. I cannot believe how quickly you work girl - it looks wonderful! And yes Lauren, it's Linda from Region 10 :) I have some English ideas for Power Steering (speed jump-off, anyone? Possibly cross country, or english speed games? The wheels are turning...) Of course sometimes I get *too* ambitious, we'll have to see how these ideas come together next year...

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  8. Your tack is so amazing! Oh, and thank you for the Tack Tips, they're very helpfull.

    Daphne

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  9. Ok, I give up. What is the camera showing that we're supposed to be seeing??? It's like a test! Ugh!!!! ;)

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  10. Beautiful as always, Jennifer. I see everyone is wondering as I was... English for Power Steering? Using Whiplash for the high point jump is totally brilliant!

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  11. Done well, those one class wonders can do other classes...note, though, I said done well. I've seen some bad attempts too!

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  12. I bet if you put a doll on that horse it would make the saddle look more even :)

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  13. What's wrong with your saddle??? I don't see anything! It's beautiful as usual.

    And Laura Dotson-Thomson--

    If you find you have no more room for model saddles in your "barn", then just feel free to send it to me!! :)

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  14. The saddle is beautiful, but I want to comment on the pad. The new pads you have been making are such an improvement over the felt/fleece ones. I really like the one I go with my newest saddle earlier this year.

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  15. I sure don't see and little problems in that saddle, Jennifer!

    I have a Power Steering I used to show in all sorts of things; he's great at the Kehole race and other games, too :-) I think my favorite setup was the Middle Eastern game called Buzkashi.

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  16. Ewwwww Sian, did you use a real authentic miniature headless goat head?

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  17. I was wondering about the stirrup end. Do they really go all the way through the saddle flap? I've only seen the leather keeper. I guess I better google it.

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  18. Several years ago I was at a live show talking with a friend, and somehow I ended up pointing out every single thing I didn't like about my saddles. My friend kept saying "oh, I hadn't noticed that," and it dawned that perhaps I maybe this was not the smartest course of action. I decided then and there that I wasn't going to point out mistakes again EVER and I don't. So if you all don't see them, that's fine by me! :)

    Karen, thank you so much for saying that about the pad. I made those plain fleece pads for years and no one ever complained about them, but you're right. The new ones are better. That's exactly the kind of little problem that I see better in pictures!

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  19. Twin Springs--A lot of saddles do have the slot rather than a keeper. It's especially common on saddles that are marketed to jumper riders.

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  20. Awesome! i can't wait to see it when it arrives! Watch out Region X Linda is going to have some awesome entries!

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  21. Your saddles are outstanding!
    Can I ask for a little tack tip? :) In your opinion, what's the best material to imitate sheepskin? I only work with fleece, but there must be something more authentic! Thanks!

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  22. Beautiful!

    Hehe - I'd be willing to win the option to order a set in the raffle!

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  23. Oh, wow, that saddle is beautiful, as always! I can see Whiplash doing well in english with the right set up!

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  24. I always dread taking photos of a finished piece. I always see flaws I didn't see before. Lovely saddle, if it is imperfect I don't see it....lol Faux sheepskin...I use a fuzzy fabric that simulates sheepskin very well, however I have no clue what it is called. sorry...

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