In the model horse world, circus tack tends towards the fanciful. Feathers abound and straps are adorned with all matter of sparkly embellishments.
At the Carson & Barnes Circus, however, the tack is decidedly utilitarian. The liberty horses wore a very basic training rig that included a snaffle bridle, surcingle with back pad, side reins and a crupper.Here's a closer look at that surcingle. It buckles only on the left side...
and is completely bling-free.
Additionally, most of the horses wore nylon halters under their bridles.
They looked handsome in their workmanlike tack, but I have to admit that I was hoping for a little glitz!
Fortunately, the pony's outfit was a bit more model horse-esque.Here's the other side...
and a close up look at the back pad.
Since I have to make a pink pony costume before NAN, these photos should come in handy!
Of course you can't have a dog and pony show without a dog or two! Most of the dogs wore just nothing more than a fancy collar...
but the "flying dog" donned a sparkly cape. Too cute!
And because I know that there are a few camels floating around the model horse hobby, here's a look at a camel saddle.
It's quite similar to a sawbuck pack saddle with an added sidebar. The camel also wears a two string cinches and a pretty ordinary looking nylon halter.
Still more circus photos to come!