Monday, June 25, 2012

Blast from the past

A couple weeks ago, I was browsing the Tack Room Forum on Model Horse Blab when I noticed a new thread entitled, Help with ID'ing a tackmaker?   

I am always interested in looking at tack photos so I clicked the link and read: About 10 years ago or so, I traded some models for really awesome bridles and halters. I'm ashamed to admit that I've forgotten who made it though! Here's a quick shot of some of the pieces (on the JH, it's the bridle only; saddle is by me).
 Hmmm....  I thought.  That kind of looks like some of my older work.
I checked to see who had started the post and my heart rate quickened.  Morgan Pfaff!  I did make some tack for her way back when!  Could it be?
Fortunately, I didn't have to wonder long.  There was one more picture which Morgan described like this:  Here's the better news: I happened to keep the papers she sent with the tack to help me figure out how to use it properly. I'm hoping the writing/sketches might help ID who made these?  
The last photo sealed the deal.  I may not always be able to recognize my tack, but that scrawl is unmistakable!

Morgan and I have reconnected and she was kind enough to send me new photos of her old BCS tack.  These pieces were made in the early 2000's, when braided headgear rather than English saddles were my bread and butter items.
This gymkhana bridle features a handmade mechanical hackamore and lots of Spanish ring knots.
More ring knots adorn this halter... 
and this bridle and breastcollar set.    
Another handmade bit!  Impoverished tackmakers tend to be more inventive than their better funded counterparts. 
This set also included a pair of braided hobbles...
and a riata. 
In exchange for all that tack, I got a North Light Friesian,
a Black Horse Ranch hunter...
and a Black Horse Ranch Arabian. 
All three were mainstays of my photo show show-string during the first decade of the 2000's and remain in my collection to this day.

Thanks so much for both the pictures and memories, Morgan!  This was one of my first big hobby trades, and it pleases me to no end that ten years later, we're both still happy with the results!


  1. Oh wow, that must be so nice to be able to look back at old work like that! I really love that bridle. :D

    A bit random, but I spotted this on tumblr and thought of you.

  2. Wow, that saddle is really BLUE! Not sure how much I like it, but it's definitely distinctive.


  3. Oh boy do I need to get some of my older pieces out by you and send you photos Jenn! IIRC we traded a Stone ISH for my Arab bridle, riata and hobbles.... And I forget what we traded for my QHY braided halter!

  4. I have to admit that I don't remember trading tack for an ISH... Doesn't mean I didn't do it, of course, but that doesn't ring any bells. In any event, I'd love to see pictures. :)

  5. I think it was an ISH, but heck, that was about 10 years ago so..... LOL!

    The braided QHY halter:

    And IIRC you made this bosal also. (yeah, I know it's a bit too small for this boy....)