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Fancy rope halter options

Posted by Heather on September 8, 2011 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This first one is the one I'm leaning toward to most! 

$18 (also on ebay)

21$ 1/4" Spliced Nose Rope Halter


 Also available with cheek buttons for 6$

$29.50 (ebay, or on

Ember's first bit

Posted by Heather on July 26, 2011 at 3:36 AM Comments comments (0)

What a milestone for me! I found a person selling pretty much the exact bit that I'd like to get for Emmie. It's a french link baucher. It's a 5 inch, which is average. Tiffany has a tiny head and mouth and takes a 4.5 so I'm taking a chance that Emmie is more average sized. A little big would be fine, I can always use bit guards to squeeze the fit a little.

After this, I only need a couple more things. A starter bridle/sidepull and a training halter and stick. Yay!

I would have preferred a copper mouth and a bean link rather than french like this : 

The ultimate nicest one I've seen is this one, shaped mouth (bars) and copper with a bean (ebay):

My ultimate goal is to get her used to carrying a bit and once she stops chewing up her first one, then I can get her a nicer, more expensive one. The first one only cost me 10$ plus shipping. Totally my favorite way to buy. Used! I can't believe this Saturday is her birthday. I remember dreaming about it when I first had to move away, it seemed too far away to ever happen. I have mixed feelings but more good than bad. I hope I can post again soon with some birthday photos! (I did send an email to Rose asking *crosses fingers* ) 

A thing I would like to collect.

Posted by Heather on June 19, 2011 at 6:11 AM Comments comments (0)

I fell in love with bridle rosettes a long time ago and I decided that I would love to collect some. Mostly with the intent to use them as well as display them. 


Glass domed bridle rosettes are a decoration for a horses bridle that first became popular in the Victorian days(late 1800-early 1900). They used very colorful artwork that was also popular for scrapbook diecuts and calling cards used in that era. Over the years bridle rosettes became advertising tools also as several companies used them to advertise their company information. Very few pairs of these have survived over the years. At best you can find a single rosette that is in decent shape and a nice pair is a great find that brings top dollar.


This is where they go on a bridle:

The ones I find the most beautiful are the glass domed style with birds, flowers or horses inside them. Once in a while a patriotic set or some other odd animal like foxes will catch my eye. I've found a few online that I'd buy if I could. I'm watching a few sets on ebay right now and maybe I'll buy one. I'm drawn to white backgrounds, black and green. If the image is nice though I wouldn't pass up red or blue or yellow etc. I just know what styles I'm looking for I guess.

 I remember being in the tack store in Jacksonville, FL and finding a dusty old display card with a dozen sets still attached. I think they were asking 7$ a pair. I'm still kicking myself for not at least buying a set. I don't care so much for 'collector' value as much as I do the image, colors and condition.  Heck, I don't even care if they are old. 

I'm finding that most people who collect these either just display them or use them as pins, scarf loops, or convert them into jewelry like necklaces or bracelets. Eh, I like the idea of using them for their intended purpose better. When I'm not using them on a bridle, I imagine them in a case on the wall in my future barn's office maybe. 

These are the 3 sets that I am watching on Ebay right now: 

White, $12.95 buy it now

Brass with canaries, .42¢ 1 bid, 2 days left

Bluebirds on dogwood, $9.99

I also love these but can't seem to find them in a pair, boo.

And here are some incredibly lovely rosettes from this blog

The white one in particular - 

I LOVE this chrysanthemum!

This little fox is spectacular as well

So you see how this could become a horrible, horrible addiction? There are SO many out there new and old. I wonder what my first pair will be? Those canaries are awfully tempting. I'm also hoping that in the future I might stumble upon a gem hiding in an antique store. Who knows? 

Also a couple of links:

Custom Bridle Rosettes by Hall's Choice Enterprises -

This Etsy shop, but hers are mainly jewelry items -

Equipment wish list!

Posted by Heather on June 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Well, looks like I'll be needing to get some new stuff. It's really fun for me to finally think about some of the things I'll need for when I get back to the horses. I've had it put in a mental box in the dusty back corners for so long. I need winter gear and some training items that I didn't have before. I'm sure I'll come back and add things to this post.

*I will be editing the items to purple as I acquire things and adding what I paid with a description.

First the tack stuff:

I need a rope halter and training lead for Emmie. I don't know what size she needs for most things, so I'll assume she's cob sized like her mom for now. Uniquely Equine makes some nice looking rope halters, but there are a LOT of people who do so I guess price and available colors will be the determining factor. I'm not sure what color I want, something to coordinate with the boots I choose probably. A combo of black, brown, pink, blue or teal would work. Or I could just pick a neutral type of color. Gold, grey etc. 

I got a training lead and halter set from theahimsacollective for 50$ shipped. I got a black lead and a black halter with pink camo (grey, white, light pink, hot pink and black) and black nose knots, it also has cheek knots for decoration. I can't wait to see it! In my 'fancy rope halters' post, it's the first photo for the style.

Next on the list is a set of bell boots. The ones I like are the Classic Equines in one of these two patterns. I like the multi colors. They can go with a lot of different things. I'm leaning toward the top pair though. Looks like they can be found on Ebay for about 25$. 

got these! 25$ The print was discontinued, I'm lucky to have found them!



Next, I really like the Pegasus Air Boots. Brand new they're 69.95 a pair, but I'm a bargain hunter. I think I can beat that. They come in 'one size' which I like, and can be used for the front or back. Unless Emmie ends up needing the pony size they offer. One of these 3 colors I think would be best. 

I got the boots!! I found a brand new pair for sale in the HGS classifieds for 40$ shipping included. The pink ones. Maybe some other time I'll get another color for vanity's sake. I must say that I truly enjoy getting a deal!  

Since I got the airboots before the bells and they are the pink ones, I will be looking for the 'dots' bell boots to go with them. Maybe saving the swirls ones for another set with the other color of air boots.

Next, I need a training stick. I have dressage whips and lunge whips, but neither of those work for ground training as well as a 'training' stick. Which, in my opinion is just a glorified cattle sorting stick. I'm thinking about making my own for 10$ rather than trying to buy an actual training stick for somewhere between 25-50$. That's just silly, people don't know though.

I just need to figure out how to attach a loop to the end of a sorting stick to make it work with the 'string' part. These people show a loop attached with a heat shrink tube, that could work if I could find the leather ends somewhere. I also assume I can paint the fiberglass stick part if I wanted to. 

I was GIVEN a training stick and string by a wonderful and generous person over on HGS. It's this one! 

Next up is a side pull bridle. I want one with a jowl strap and a place for a bit to snap to if I decide to use one with it. I found this place online and I hope they can add the jowl strap to theirs for me. It's the best price I've found too! 42$

Then I need a set of reins to use with the side pull. I like rope with leather ends and would rather have buckle ends than clips. I mean, I don't like the idea of metal clips jingling against the bit or metal rings on the bridle. I want to stay quiet with Emmie so she doesn't get fearful or irritated, she's just a baby training wise. The site that has the side pull has these reins for 30$. I might be able to find something just as nice for a better price though.

Last thing is a bit for her. I should pick something with small rings because of the space between the upper side pull rings and her mouth being a smaller space. I had originally wanted a full cheek with a link or bean. But I don't know if the upright pieces will get caught up in the bridle. I still have no idea what size her mouth is either. 

However, if I can adjust the bridle so that it fits like this one I should have plenty of space for clipping a bit on. Too bad the one in the picture is about 300$! 

I got a french link baucher for 10$ off the classifieds board at HGS. Love that!

If I don't have that much space I can do a half cheek like this but with the uprights underneath:


For the next part of this entry, I will list the things I would most like to get for myself. I won't say 'need' because usually I can make do, but some new things would be nice!

The most important thing on the list is a new helmet. I have a velvet Troxel one but it is at least 5+ years old and after five years, you really should replace a helmet. The materials deteriorate and also styles change. I will most likely get a schooling type for now and later invest in something for showing. I like the Lami Cell low profile, the Ovation Deluxe and the IRH Elite. The prices range from 50$ - 160$. Mostly it all depends on fit with a helmet. Here's what the IRH looks like :

The next things are winter apparel. A pair of mountain horse tall boots will be excellent for the snow and mud. I borrowed a pair from Rose before and I loved the fit. My tiny little duck feet are a pain to fit. The Ice High Rider are the object of my affection right now. 129$ 

Next up are a pair of winter gloves, jacket and pants. I figure I can get away with one pair of 'fancy winter' pants that I can just wear over regular breeches. These (also Mountain Horse brand) seem like they'd be great for repelling snow and keeping me warmer. 140$ range

The most important part of winter gear, besides keeping warm, is the ability to move effectively. I mean, who hasn't had 'snow suit syndrome' and felt like a fleece and fiber fill burrito before? If I'm going to the barn, I want to be able to actually groom, manipulate tools and get into the saddle without a hoist system.

I also lust after this Comfort Plus Bareback Pad with ThinLine. The nice one with the ThinLine is 120$ and the other one without it is 69.95$. I could live with either one honestly.