Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cory's bridles

If you're a fan of my Tack Tips tutorials, here's the best way to encourage me to write more of them.

Today's photos come from Cory Sanford.  She writes: I just wanted to share with you some bridles I made using some of the tips found in your wonderful blog!  You are more than welcome to the pics to share if you like.  I just wanted to show you these as proof of your top notch 'tutelage' through your Tack Tips section for great ideas and to give you a big thank you for those as well! 
There's nothing wrong with that black bridle, but it's the brown bridle that truly blows me away.
Cory describes it thusly: Raised English Bridle(2nd bridle made) - bridle has working buckles and is adjustable to models a bit bigger or smaller than Salinero; features real (tedious ) stitching on brow band, nose band, caveson hanger, reins and even at the buckles; keepers by buckles are glued in place but second keepers are movable; curb chain not on this bridle but can be included with S hooks; bit and reins are removable; the reins are laced with working buckle and have an actual hook to attach them to the bit. I used a jump ring as bit just to take the pic. This bridle will be for sale!
For the record, there has never been a Tack Tip about real stitching on an English bridle.  That attention to detail represents a level of crazy that I have not yet explored.  I have, however, mentioned teeny tiny stitching in this post.

Thank you, Cory, for sharing pictures of your stunning bridles!  I look forward to seeing lots more of your work in the future.


  1. Wow, both those bridles look great. I love the look the stitching gives the second bridle, reminds me one we had at our old barn. Cory has some serious talent. Do you know if she/he has a website?

  2. How do you do stitching that tiny without the leather tearing through? I don't see how you could push the needle and thread through the holes without enlarging them to the point that it tears out the side.

  3. I am amazed too! I've seen her bridles on Fallen Leaves and was blown away! Cory must have used a proper scale needle and thread... ;-))

  4. thats amazing! I've just used the rolled throughtlatch post to make three throughtlatches and it was SO easy!!

  5. What is the clear plastic that is connected to the bit and goes over the nose? Is that just a way to keep the bit in place without using sticky wax?

  6. Wow. Cory totally raised the standard for me to aim for when I make my first bridles. Holy moly Cory has some talent.

    As soon as I can get a camera worth anything, I think I'll share my 'nylon' halters with you. I made them using the tips and tricks I found here. My first one was very ambitious, I made the nose, cheek, and crown pieces with raised red centers with black edging, and the lower pieces with flat black-edged red. It didn't turn out wonderful, but it looks good enough I want to perfect it a bit and sell some. :)

    I simplified for my second and made a plain flat black with a rolled throatlatch. I'm not too fond of the way I solved the problem of not wanting to make or buy buckles for CL scale, but it's a good shelf display headcollar, and really makes my standing Mesteno's head look much much better.

    My third is underway, and is a breakaway nylon halter with a handmade clip for the throatlatch. I have just two more things to do for that one (my plan for today while I wait for my beignets to rise): make the connecting strap, and a lead rope. It looks mighty spiffy as it is.

    After the third one, I'm going back to try my red and black design again with what I've learned, this time with some slightly nicer hardware in a bronze or dark brass finish.

    Thanks so much for sharing your tack making tips. They're really helping me in my forays into tack making.