Bespoke Bridle – Tracey & Elfie

Bespoke Bridle – Tracey & Elfie

Tracey contacted me recently to ask about my made to measure bridle service for her horse, Elfie. Elfie Elfie is a 16hh coloured cob mare with a HUGE head, which means that an ‘off-the-shelf’ bridle does not fit her correctly unless Tracey buys two different sizes and piece them together to make one bridle that fits. If you’re having the same issue then you too might be better off with a bespoke made-to-measure bridle made by a professionally trained saddler, as it will often cost the same as a designer brand bridle but instead you have a choice in the design and the colours to use. Bespoke Bridle Tracey decided to purchase a bespoke bridle so that she could have everything she wanted in one simple design. Tracey loves the colour orange and wanted her bridle to reflect this so it matched her orange saddle cloth and stirrup irons. Another desire was to have a shaped headpiece, a wider noseband at 2.25”, a v-shaped browband and plaited reins, all in...
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Bridles – Do You Know The Different Types?

Bridles – Do You Know The Different Types?

When I Was Young When I was young and attended the local riding school, the only type of bridle I was familiar with was the snaffle bridle. A traditional sort of bridle made from black or brown leather with a single bit, usually a snaffle bit, hence the bridle's name. Some bridles had brass clincher browbands and others had a decorative stitch but that was the fanciest it got. Some ponies wore cavesson nosebands and some wore nothing at all. As the years passed and I progressed from riding school ponies to loan ponies, I learned about the different bridles as well as the various bits of equipment to go with them. Another 20 years later and bridles have further adapted in so many ways. Advanced Research Thanks to advanced research and owners becoming more aware of their own horses, we now have anatomical headpieces, rolled leather, bitless options and a huge array of different bits that is enough to blow anyone's mind. So, if you are a...
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A Saddle Bag – Made From A Saddle

A Saddle Bag – Made From A Saddle

I've been working on a little project that has turned out to be something really quite special and I thought it was time I shared it with you all. Old Saddles "I'm loathed to throw these saddles away" Since starting my Saddler training, three years ago, I have had a few old saddles gifted to me to use as examples to work on without worrying about putting them back together accurately. All these saddles have seen better days and are not really suitable to use on horses anymore. I'm loathed to throw these saddles away and therefore, as a bit of an experiment, I had a go at up-cycling one. So, here is the saddle that I chose to use... A plain brown traditional style GP (general purpose) saddle made by Eldonian Brookes Limited who were based in Walsall, West Midlands in the 1970/80's. Pulling the Saddle Apart I dropped the panel out (the bit that actually lies on the back of a horse)... ...then removed the saddle flaps...
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Black Diamantés for Uthopia’s Black Pearl

Black Diamantés for Uthopia’s Black Pearl

Back in July, I was asked to make a 'good luck' gift in the form of black diamanté spur straps for an up and coming young dressage rider. These are what we came up with: A GIFT They were gifted to Robyn Walker who was due to compete in the Advanced Medium dressage competition at Sheepgate Byrds on 21st August 2017, riding the coloured gelding, Master Merlin. She went on to take the Under 25 Reserve National Champion title. On 25th August 2017 Robyn, riding another of her rides Uthopia Black Pearl (or 'Perfect Pearly' as he is known at home), competed in the Sheepgate Under 25's Novice Freestyle to Music (2002) class and came 2nd, missing the top spot by just 1 point. What a perfect performance that was. Here is a stunning close-up shot of Robyn wearing her new black diamanté spur straps: It's a proud moment for me to see my very own handmade black diamanté spur straps...
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The Making Of A Bespoke Shoulder Bag

The Making Of A Bespoke Shoulder Bag

Recently I completed my first bespoke hand stitched shoulder bag. It was fantastic to be able to make something specific to an individual's requirements; the size, colour, personalisation, lining and even the fittings of the bag were all chosen by the customer. Bespoke Design Trading Skills Josie from Gamble Designs and I met virtually via a Networking Mummies group on Facebook. I was just starting out and had already launched my Lady Saddler page on Facebook in September 2016. I wanted a logo for the business which not only could be transferred to my business stationery and social media but also have an embossed leather stamp created to stamp onto all the leather work I produced. Josie was willing to trade her design service in return for my leather work skills in order to produce a shoulder bag she really wanted. It was a win-win situation for both of us because we were able to showcase our skills to each other but also...
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