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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Stirrup Keyring – The Making Of A Best Seller

Stirrup Keyring – The Making Of A Best Seller

"The Stirrup Keyring is one of the most successful accessories I have made to date" Using British Materials Using the best of British bridle leather, known in the industry as Sedgwick's Leather, I traditionally cut and prepare the strips of leather by hand with my saddler tools, many of which are more than 50 years old. After edging, staining and creasing the individual keyrings I punch a small 1/2" crew hole and 1/2" stitch marks. This is in preparation for the lace of leather that will act as the stirrup leather to the stirrup iron. The brass stirrup is traditionally made here in the UK in a foundry in Walsall, just 40 minutes from where The Lady Saddler is located, allowing the added advantage of being able to visit their showroom whenever I want. Next, I tack all the pieces together ready to be hand stitched. Using a waxed linen thread I hand stitch each keyring individually using the saddle stitch technique. Condition The Leather Lastly, I...
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Product Overview – Handmade Bridle Leather Belts

Product Overview – Handmade Bridle Leather Belts

With this month's January Sale taking place, I thought it would be nice to feature some product overview's during this month, starting with the bridle leather belts. Starting Out When I first set out on this journey of becoming a Saddler, one of the first items I ever learnt to make from leather was a belt. Technically the easiest items to make, once you have learnt the basics of cutting leather, preparing it and then stitching it together with a fancy buckle. British Raw Materials All belts that I make now are made from the best of British leather, usually, Sedgwick's which is finished in Walsall, just 40 minutes from where I am based. I use a variety of buckles but I prefer to use the top quality solid brass or nickel buckles that are produced by another British company, again located in Walsall, called Abbey England. The rich smell of real leather and the strong and durable feel of the buckles, coupled together give you a...
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