Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Model horse time capsule

One of the first things I did when we moved into this house was lay claim to the hobby area in the basement. It had a long built in desk with shelves for my models and lots of overhead storage. I thought it would be the perfect spot for the tack making business I was trying to build.

And it was... for about a week.

Then reality set it. The basement was dark and the built in desk was too low and awkward to sit at. I probably could have worked around both issues, but then the kids let me know in no uncertain terms that they did not like being in the basement. I put all their toys and a tv down there, but they were adamant. The basement was scary, and they wanted no part of it. Since they were only three and one, I kind of had to be where they were, so I started carrying my tack making supplies up and down the stairs and working on the kitchen table. Eventually, I set up shop in the tiny, third bedroom upstairs, and that's where I've been ever since.

But I never really moved out of the basement. Most of the hobby stuff that was there when I moved upstairs stayed there, like my own personal model horse hobby time capsule. Recently, I've been sorting through a lot of it. The rest of today's post is part of the contents of a folder marked "Tack and Props saleslists." Most of these papers are twenty plus years old. Enjoy performance shopping 1990's style!

P.S. Let me know if you enjoy this kind of post. The time capsule is overflowing with this kind of stuff.


  1. Crazy to see how much has changed!
    I'm up for more time capsule posts if you have the material.

  2. Love this stuff. More, please!

  3. We still have our Sojourner Tack racing and large-Trad huntseat sets! They were such a big deal when Mom got them for us in 1990 or so. I still have the Rio Rondo Western saddle we built in 1989, too; it was very competitive for many years.

  4. Time capsule posts are wonderful resources! I never could afford a lot of tack "back in the day" so I mostly showed my model horses in halter classes. I do have a very clear memory of people showing Monrovia DW Hagen-Renakers in performance classes in the late 1970s-early 1980s.

  5. I LOVE this kind of post. More, please!

  6. I have that Wilshire fence!