Back in the Saddle...Kinda.

Due to an unexpectedly light week of college classes, I was able to get a few projects off my desk and make something just for fun.

The repaired and updated parade saddle was shipped this morning, and Tami's saddle is done except for the pad.  Little Lonestar's back is rather long and will require an adjustment to my template.  I had some lace left over from Tami's bridle and used it to make a show halter just for fun.

It still needs keepers on the underside, but I had a lot of fun with it.  None of those little tongue buckles are adjustable, and I had time to perfect a quick, easy way to make them! Very exciting stuff, because I'll be able to use them more often without adding a lot of time or frustration to each project.

I'm still picking away at the english saddle tutorial.  I know I say that all the time, but really I am! The editing is 3/4 of the way done and I'm working on transferring it to an Adobe InDesign document that lets me lay everything out nicely.  The end product will probably be 10 pages or more, but will have large pictures and be available in a PDF.

After all of that productivity, you know there's going to be a "but", and that's where the "Kinda" in my post title comes in.  My light schedule just got busy now that my slow professor has finally given me my assignment, an entire week late!  I have a 3 day work week, though, and I hope to spend some of Friday and Saturday working in the studio.


  1. Amazing work as always. I've said this before (and I'll say it again :-) you are the best SM scale tack maker out there and about the only one who makes genuinely in-scale tack

  2. Thank you! Comments like that are truly appreciated!

  3. I don't know how you do it. I tried making one of those for Traditional horses and all those extra buckles drove me crazy! I couldn't imagine trying to make one in SM scale...

    Beautiful work as always, Anna. :D

  4. The halter looks great! Very nice with all the silver and those tiny buckles! How did you attach it to the head, a hidden opening behind/beside the ears like you did with your bridles?
    I really can't wait to see your finished saddle tutorial! ;-))

  5. Thank you guys!

    Shanti, it's very similar to the bridles: the crownpiece is solid, including the buckle on the near side. There's a tab of leather attached to the halter ring on the near side that the crownpiece stickywaxes to.

    I'm hoping to do a post on the "shortcuts" I use when making tack, and I'll make sure that one is included too.

  6. Thx for the explanation! ;-)