Perhaps the greatest challenge I face as a tackmaker is being asked to create something with which I have no familiarity. I want my saddles to be as realistic as possible, not just in style and appearance but also in actual construction. Nothing makes me crazier than having to guess at the details.
Because of this, I get pretty darned excited every time I run across a group of good tack reference pictures. My friend and fellow tackmaker, Heather Moreton posted this group on her Facebook page a couple weeks ago. They were taken at the 2006 Akhal Teke Symposium which was held at (I think!) the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Many thanks to Heather for allowing me to repost a few of the best pictures here!