After making five bridles in the space of one week, I was feeling a wee bit burned out on tackmaking. In an effort to recharge my creative batteries, I decided to make something entirely different. This is what I came up with:Without a doubt, the most difficult part of this project was making the jump cups. Usually I buy jump cups from Rio Rondo or The World of Model Horse Collecting, but those are designed for square posts. This jump has round standards so I was forced to get creative.
Fortunately, I'm good at creative.
I have a lot of thin sheet metal leftover from various projects. Using my tin snips, I carefully cut out the jump cups...
and used a metal awl and mallet to punch the holes for the pins.
Next, I bent the jump cups into shape and slid them over the standards. I aligned the holes and slid the pins into place.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, it wasn't. In fact, It was frustrating and fiddly and not much fun. I'm pleased with the finished product, but I'm also more than ready to get back to what I do best. Tomorrow I'm making tack!