Dressage for Dinky Duke

I wrapped up the rest of the gear that goes with the double bridle I posted a little while back over the weekend.

This time...the curb chain is right!
Here are the rest of the photos from my little "shoot" yesterday afternoon.

This set is a trade for Dainty Darcy, an adorable little Morgan mare.  When she arrives I'll have to get into saddleseat mode! My poor Mindy still doesn't have a saddle, so she's going to be quite jealous.

Dinky Duke is definitely the largest horse I've worked with before.  He's head and shoulders (and maybe a little more) over the Stablemate scale resins I have.  If I had to guess, I'd say the size difference between him and Working Girl is about the same as a Traditional to a Classic.  This meant that I had to make an entirely new pattern for him, which I had already planned on.  Overall, though, my methods didn't change very much.  I had to size a lot of things up a little, but the fact that I didn't have to change the way I did any of it seems to be a very good sign.


  1. The saddle's fantastic as always but that bridle really is something else! :D

  2. Beautiful tack!! It looks like one of the best english tack of yours, doesn't it?

    A question about making holes for the working buckles. I know about the technique with the mechanical pencils but these holes are still too large for SM-Size. My smallest pencil is 0,35mm, what do you use?

  3. A lot of things came together really well on this saddle, especially the jockeys! I'd agree, it's one of the top five english saddles that I've ever made.

    The buckles on this set have tongues for appearances, and while they are "working" buckles I glued all of the straps down. I punched the holes with a small tool that I mentioned in this post: http://dreamflitedesign.blogspot.com/search/label/tools.

    I bought it with some miscellaneous sculpting tools, so I really don't know what it is exactly. A large needle would serve the same purpose. The problem is that I'm not creating a true hole like a mechanical pencil or punch does. It can be difficult to actually adjust them because of this.

  4. Ok, I see! I know the trouble of not creating a true hole (these holes made with needles always seem to disapear...) but in this scale there isn' a big choice.
    By the way: I think your tool is a Prick needle. At least this is the word used in germany.
    It comes in various sizes: http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/m/mYK2AfgmtjCpZdRYpHaiI4Q/140.jpg
    And is used for making little holes in aluminum foil and other stuff for decorative purpose: http://www.bocholter-lernwerkstatt.de/images/ordner%207/goldtaler.jpghttp://www.crea-facile.de/de-at/htdocs/step-by-step/pricking.html

  5. Whatever it is, I love it! It's so much easier to hold than a needle, and the metal is strong enough that I can put quite a bit of pressure on it when necessary. I would like to try cutting down a pin or something to a flat head that I could use to punch a hole, much like a paper hole punch. I haven't gotten around to trying it yet, no time!

  6. I love the second last photo :) Great set of tack, I've recently discovered your blog and I have to say I'm amazed at how realistic you make things on such a fine scale!