Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lauren's list revisited

Five years ago, my friend, Lauren Mauldin, challenged myself and other model horse tack makers to create a group of small but very specific tack items. I banged out the nameplate shipping halter right away, and several artists have long since conquered the Ogilvy style half pads. The other items on her list were perhaps a bit too niche to be of interest. I've yet to see anyone make monogrammed standing wraps or a scrim sheet. There have been rumors of composite stirrup irons, but I had not seen them myself... At least not until I stumbled upon Handcrafted by Kari's Etsy shop.
In addition to a wide selection of 3D printed stable props, this shop offers 3D printed English and Western stirrups. I was intrigued. After all these years, I'd finally found a source for Lauren's 1:9 scale composite stirrups!
photo by SmartPak Equine
I ordered a black pair because that really is the most common and conservative choice for real life equestrian competition.
It is not, however, the only choice.
Jumper riders like fun colors.
I do, too, so I added a pair of pink stirrups to my order.
The stirrups were waiting for me when I returned home from California.
They look fine as is, and with a little lot of prepping, they look even better. I would not hesitate to use these on my saddles.
That's one more check off Lauren's list. Three down, two to go!

5 comments:

  1. These are great! :D

    I started a scrim sheet but ran out of bias tape and never finished it. I'd forgotten all about it until this post...hmm...

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    1. You have the skills to do it and do it well.

      I made a couple scrim sheets when I was maybe ten. It's safe to say they were not the lovely kind of miniatures Lauren was looking for!

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  2. I always try to read Lauren Mauldin. And now I've got some stirrup exploration to do.

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  3. I made a set of standing wraps way back when she made the post, but they were embarrassingly bad oops

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    1. oops, I'm not sure why that comment posted as unknown. I'd love to see some of the model oglivy pads though

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