Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Long day

People often ask me how long it takes to make certain types of tack. 
In the case of harness in general and this draft horse harness collar in particular, the answer is much, much, much too long.


  1. Long time...cut,stich,bend,stuff,stich...and hope,
    that the hames fit......oh, don't forget...straps and buckles...and, that the neck measurements are...close!!
    Candy Evans

  2. Yup, that's pretty much it. Add in some stress over the fact that I only had enough patent leather to make one collar, and you've described my day!

  3. Hi. I really want to try making harness (gasp!) and was wondering where you got the metal for the collar. Also, do you have any patterns/refs/charts for the parts of a harness? I don't know anyone in my area who has a harness I could look at and I am having trouble finding good references. Thanks!

    1. The customer provided much of the harness hardware, including the hames. I suspect they're from Rio Rondo or the World of Model Horse Collecting, but I'm not familiar enough with either company's harness offerings to say which.

      Hands down, the single best reference for an aspiring model horse harness maker is Susan Bensema Young's Guide to Model Horse Tack Making. This book is temporarily out of print, but Sue promises it will be available again. Perhaps you can put yourself on a waiting list?

  4. Thanks so much! You're so helpful!

  5. Hi, I am new to this hobby....I owned real horses for years....when I say these photos on Pinterest my jaw dropped....your and these other artists level of precision is amazing! I am a 61 year old woman who misses her mare very much, my riding days are long over due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, but I sure do enjoy seeing these creations and the magnificent horses!