Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter parade

Between the holiday and our yardwork project, I didn't get to spend a lot of time in my studio this weekend.  Fortunately, I only needed a few hours to fine tune Emma's Parade entry for the upcoming High Plains Live Model Horse Show. 

Emma has shown in Parade before.  In fact, she won the Parade class at the 2010 Rocky Mountian Rendezvous live show.
However, that victory came with the help of a borrowed tack set.  This time I plan to use something that actually belongs to me--my old but still beautiful Shannon Granger parade saddle.  I updated this set a couple years back with a brand new bridle...
but sadly that bridle is not nearly big enough to fit Emma's muley head.  I probably could have made it work with a new crownpiece, browband and noseband, but that seemed kind of ridiculous.  After all,  it would be only a little harder to build a whole new bridle from scratch. 

I like to experiment when I make tack for my own showstring, so this seemed like the perfect occasion to break out those hot fix rectangles that have been rattling around the bottom of my findings box.

After a few semi-frustrating hours, Emma has a parade bridle of her own.  I really like the look of the rectangles, but getting them to stick to the curved leather brow and nosebands is no small accomplishment! 
The bit is a really old Carol Howard spade bit.   Before this weekend it had spent at least two decases rattling around the bottom of my bit box.
Here's the Emma's parade entry as it looks today.  
Overall, I'm pleased with the quality and fit of the tack.  However, there's still room for improvement.  A rider doll would be nice, and wouldn't she look cute with flowers and ribbons in her mane and tail?  Hmmmm....

8 comments:

  1. Cool. Carol Howard handmade all her bits, so you've got a ooak there. She may still be active -- and she started back in 1977.
    It's neat how good this mule looks in Parade. I almost never see Parade longears. There should be more!

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  2. Way back in 1992 or '93, I ordered four or five of these bits from Carol Howard. I don't know what happened to most of them. Probably they were used on sales bridles. In any event, I'm glad I hung on to this one. I love adding old parts and pieces to new tack.

    And...I know I am hopelessly biased, but I think Emma looks good in all kinds of tack. She's just the best performance mule ever!

    :)

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  3. Flowers would be good...

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  4. Wow, you are very good, and flowers would make Emma look even better!
    I love model horses, but I can't really afford breyers or peter stones so I have to stick with schleich and papo.

    Rosie

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  5. You are quiet this week. I hope everything is OK. :~)

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  6. Wow - that bridle looks amazing. Honestly, I hadn't thought about what a mule would be like in parade tack, but she looks fantastic and you are really lucky to have her. I have honestly never noticed how blue Emma's eye is though. If anything, it makes her look even cooler than I originally thought she did!

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  7. Wow - that bridle looks amazing. Honestly, I hadn't thought about what a mule would be like in parade tack, but she looks fantastic and you are really lucky to have her. I have honestly never noticed how blue Emma's eye is though. If anything, it makes her look even cooler than I originally thought she did!

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  8. Emma looks so cute all dolled up in the parade tack!

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