I didn't set out to be a tackmaker.
When I was a kid holed up in my room with the most recent issue of Just About Horses, I'd look at the tack and think, "I want to own that" rather than, "I want to make that."
Unfortunately, my hobby budget was small. I couldn't afford the things I wanted, and on the few occasions that I did buy something, it was always disappointing. Eventually, inevitably, I decided to try the do-it-yourself route. The rest is history.
However, part of me will always be twelve. I still sit in my room looking at tack--including pieces I've made for other people--and think, "I want to own that."
I can't afford to keep everything I make, but I do try to make tack for myself at least occasionally. Later this week, I expect to receive a very special horse, so this weekend I decided to make her a very special bridle.As is often the case with things I intend to keep, I used this bridle as a test piece to try out and refine some new (or at least new-ish) techniques.
Happily, this bridle came together easily without any major issues. Even better--the result is something I really do want to own.
I can not wait for my beautiful new horse to arrive. She's going to look so pretty in this bridle!