Back in the pre-internet, pre-digital photography days, it was often really, really difficult to find reference photos of anything but the most common types of tack. Because of this, I maintained a whole series of three ring binders...that I filled with all the information I could find regarding different riding disciplines and their associated tack.
My references included catalog pages,magazine pictures,
sketches and notes,
and a few, precious close-up photographs.
I still have all these binders...but I rarely use them any more.
Google image searches have all but replaced magazines and tack catalogs,
and thanks to my digital camera, I now have the ability to create huge and specific reference libraries of my own.
It's almost too easy nowadays.
All I need is a few hours at a horse event...
and I have more photos than I know what to do with.
Seriously--I don't know what to do with all these photos!
I suppose I could stop taking them, but that's no fun. Plus, I know how valuable good reference material can be.
So, I've decided to share them here.
If you've been looking for racing saddle reference photos, today is your lucky day.
Enjoy the photos and remember--this used to be a lot harder!