Curb Chains

Curb chains can be tricky.  You have to make sure they don't get twisted when you put them on, and that they're not too short or too long.


Way, way too long! I measured it first, but still got it wrong.  Oh well, too long is better than too short! I'll take four or five links out when my shift at work is over.

If you can ignore the freakishly long curb chain, here are a couple of shots of the rest of the bridle, sans reins.

Poor horse is also sans eyes! He's been a work in progress for time out of mind.  His saddle is also done, and I'll take photos of that later.  Girth, pad, and photos then off to new owner!

Oh, and because I know someone is going to ask where I find the itty bitty chain: I scavenge for some things that aren't readily available.  I keep an eye out at garage sales and cheap thrift stores for jewelry with chains fine enough to use for tack.  I generally have several sizes on hand, because the chain for a curb is often thinner than the chain for, say, a stud chain.


  1. Oooh, lovely bridle and wow, what a deliciously rich colour on the horse too!

  2. That's stunning - you make your own double bits?

  3. I found this really thin chain that was some sort of jewelry thing at Hobby Lobby. They are called 'ear threaders' and have a rod connected to a jump ring by some super fine chain. They'd also be good for jump cups. I always keep my eye out for things that could be useful, and usually I have no idea what the items were originally created to be used for.