I had a lot of fun working on yesterday's post, mostly because it gave me a good excuse to sort through my big box of old model horse photos. I could easily fill a dozen posts with pictures from that box, but for today I'll limit myself to a few of my favorites. All of these were taken in 1989 and 1990.
First up is my beloved old Galiceno pony, Toby. Even as early as 1989, I like to show my halter horses in halters!
Of course, I've always been more interested in performance than halter, and that's reflected in these old pictures. I didn't own much in the way of tack and props back then, but I didn't let that stop me. I just used whatever I had on hand and didn't sweat the details. Sometimes it worked out pretty well as with this Phar Lap. He's wearing a Breyer made saddle and a borrowed bridle. I made the breastplate and leg wraps.
Same tack, different horse.
I really liked that old Stock Horse Mare! Along with her foal, she found her way into a lot of my photos.
Here they are being led in from the pasture. There's a good reason the doll has her arm strategically placed behind her back...
She's missing her left hand! Fortunately, you only need one hand to lunge a foal.
This doll has all her body parts, but they aren't doing her much good. The horse is a Hong Kong copy of the Breyer Semi-Rearing Mustang.
Somewhere along the line, I decided that the Breyer saddle would look better without the tan knee pads so I picked them off.
Later, I added some panels. I was really determined to make the most out of that old saddle!
Here's another look at my first Western saddle. In case it's not obvious, this pony is showing in a Western Trail class.
Teniente is also shown competing in Trail. He's wearing the my first set of "real" hobby tack. I paid Carol Howard the grand sum of twenty five dollars to make this saddleseat set. Although I was pretty impressed with it at first, eventually I attempted to "upgrade" it. That didn't go very well. I think I may still have the pieces in a box somewhere...
Oh, so many memories! It's fun to remember what my favorite hobby was like before the internet, NAN and Braymere Custom Saddlery!