But it's done, thank goodness, and will ship today along with a few extra goodies. Here are a couple of photos:
Please excuse the poor studio photo - this was taken indoors at night with the flash.
Compare to the two bridles below, both finished in March of last year.
The reins are slimmer on this year's bridle because I've gotten more confident when lacing reins and the buckles now have tongues, but otherwise there's not much difference, is there? I haven't decided if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I hadn't cleaned up the edges on the 2011 bridles yet, if anyone wonders about the light edges on some straps. I have to trim lace for strapgoods by hand and those edges are the result of dye not soaking all the way through. From what I've read, this is a common complaint with Eco-Flo dyes. It's not really a problem for me, though. I dip my brush back in the dye and run it along the edges before sealing.
*Equine legwear is always worn with fasteners (buckles, velcro, etc) on the outside, with loose ends pointed behind the horse to prevent injuries and help keep the protective gear from being torn off by another foot. The boot in question was for the left rear leg; when the tabs were on the outside of the leg, they pointed forward. It would be much easier for something to tear them off as the horse is moving forward, over a jump say, than if they were pointed towards the rear.