I am not as sneaky as Tiffany, but I have a few tricks that I use when I really, really, really want a new Purdy horse.
The first is to resurrect old, almost-forgotten tackmaking projects. I've had Tiffany's "historic sidesaddle bridle" pinned to the wall in my studio since the last time I visited her in Illinois. It looks okay at first glance...but closer inspection reveals a lot of wear and tear. Check out that big splice on the noseband. No wonder I've put this off for so long. This bridle doesn't need fixing, it needs a complete overhaul!
I re-used the bit, browband and gold keepers, but all the leather had to go. Additionally, I swapped the handmade buckles for Rio Rondo d-rings, and added extra buckles to the cheekpieces and reins.
The end result is a cleaner, more refined version of the original bridle.
When I run out of old projects, I turn to trick number two and start soliciting new projects. That's how I discovered that Tiffany needs a Tennessee Walking Horse bridle.
Apparently, Lady Liberty is going to be getting a new Walkaloosa cousin!Finally, I move on to trick number three--begging. So, how about it, Tiffany? Do sleigh bells, breeching and two bridles equal one paint job? Please? Purdy please?