I begin by gathering my reference materials and supplies. These include all the relevant pictures I can find, a pair of Charro saddle trees from The World of Model Horse Collecting and the pattern pieces from my first Charro saddle. I also have a body quality model and a rider doll to assist me in sizing. I know that Kellye uses dolls in her set-ups so it's important that the tack fits the doll as well as it fits the horse.I've dug up a picture of my first and so far only Charro saddle. Studying this helps me decide which parts of the pattern to keep and which to alter.
I make a lot of sketches like this one to help me sort out where each piece should go and how big it is in relation to the rest of the saddle. I pay a lot of attention to proportions and make note of what design elements are common to all saddles of this type.
Lastly, I sort through the pile of junk that was in the baggie with the old Charro saddle pattern.
I am pleasantly surprised to discover that most of the "junk" isn't so junky after all. Instead there is a finished bridle, a finished halter and an extra set of reins plus some long braided pieces. I won't actually send any of this stuff to Kellye. These pieces were obviously prototypes. They're decent but not really up to my usual standards. Still, I expect I will find them helpful when I start sets number two and three.