Thursday, April 27, 2017

PA Horse Expo Breed Showcase- Part 2

Here are the rest of the breeds from the showcase. Enjoy!
Australian Stock horses.

It takes two.

Left behind.
Let's do stuff. 

Bareback and bridleless.

Quarter Horse.

Chincoteague Ponies are the best.

Step stool.

Four hooves.

Mounted Archery.
After arrow.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PA Horse Expo Breed Showcase- Part 1

Here are some pictures from the PA Horse Expo Breed Showcase. There was a range of breeds, so enjoy!

Cleveland Bays.

There was a jumper.
And also a Dressage Horse.
I never realized that the breed was as endangered as it is. So the riders showed the versatility of their horses.

Icelandic Horses.

Look at the pair go!

Rescued drafter. He only had one eye.


They were former racehorses.


Baby Friesian.

Dressage Friesian.

Clipped Friesian.
So pretty. 

Harness Friesian.

Wedding Percherons.
Closer look of tack.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


National Model Tack Month, or NMTM, started on April 1st.
I haven't started on my projects. Yet. Instead I decided to compare two pieces of my tack.
The first saddle is from 2014 and the second one is 2017.
I was ridiculously proud of the first saddle because at that time it was the best saddle I'd made.  The second one is 2017. There are so many differences and improvements that I wouldn't know where to start. It's amazing to see what 3 years can do in terms of tack making. So if you try your first piece and it's less than stellar, don't give up. Like any skill it takes time to improve and it's fun to look back and see where you started.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tack of the Expo

There were numerous types of tack at the PA Horse Expo.
A lot of the saddles I saw were more western and english.
Here's a saddle seat saddle.
Then I started to see other types of tack like this racing saddle.
Here's a line of Australian saddles that I forgot to come back to take close photos of!
And then I wandered to the DP Saddlery booth. Pat told me they'd be there and to take pictures. So I did. 
There were English-type saddles with tooling. Isn't this dressage saddle pretty?
Detail shot of the tooling.
The saddles then bridged away from english and western. DP Saddlery had a bunch of Baroque type of saddles on display. Some had lots of tooling.

Others did not.
I tried to take plenty of detail shots of them.
 Making a Baroque saddle has always seemed elusive to me because they're so different from other types of saddles.
 But these pictures helped break it down into containable chunks. I can't say this is something I'd tackle in the near future, but at least I have some references!
Because I finally saw some in person.

There were also headstalls.
And here's a Mosquero. It connects to the browband of the bridle. 
I hope you enjoyed the different types of tack! I know I did. :)