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post #1 of 14 Old 12-30-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone collect antique horse things?

So does anyone? My aunt collects old bits and has them in the camp's rafters. I though I shold my self. But what are some other things yall may collect?



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post #2 of 14 Old 12-30-2011, 08:10 PM
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I don't really collect per se, but bits & spurs are highly collectable & very popular. A large tradeshow is held in my area for bit & spur collectors.
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post #3 of 14 Old 12-30-2011, 09:22 PM
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No, but most of my tack and horse stuff would be considered antiques by most people...
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I've been collecting antique bridle bits FOREVER. Here's a taste...My display @ the Iowa State Fair last August. The bits on the wooden shelf are all US military , from 1840 through 1920.
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How do you go about finding bits like that, Jim?
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yeah I'd like to know that too! Super cool!

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I've been collecting antique bridle bits FOREVER. Here's a taste...My display @ the Iowa State Fair last August. The bits on the wooden shelf are all US military , from 1840 through 1920.
WOW Bits great collection!



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Fantastic bit collection Jim!

My mom is the collector in our family. She has tons in her house. I need to get photos sometime of one of the saddles she's got, has a naked woman tooled into the seat, it's beautiful. She has a few mclellan saddles, bits, spurs, old tugs, yokes, working equipment, she has a horse drawn planter in her yard re-purposed into a flower bed (I tell her it's a waste of a cool old wagon), lawn jockeys, on and on.

Most of the "antiques" I have are still in use. My favorite daily saddle isn't quite an antique, but certainly a classic at 30 some years old. I guess I do have one collection, every issue of the QH Journal from issue 1 to now. My hubby has threatened to burn them on more than one occasion because they take up a lot of space....
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Holy crap Jim! That's a collection!

We collect/trade/buy Vaquero style bits and spurs. We use all of our stuff, except for a few things. We have traded for a lot of our stuff. Some of it was handed down to us from my father in law. We always look on Ebay and will on occasion buy something off of there. There is trading pages on Facebook and in the last month or so I can't even tell you how many bits we have traded on there! Lol. Matter of fact I have to ship a few tomorrow, and we have got that many on their way to us.

I think I started out trading a horse for a pile of bridles. Then I would have to trade maybe two or three bridles for one good bridle, then just traded up until I got some decent stuff.

It is definitely an investment. We figure if we got real broke we could sell it all and be ok. We had a friend who had to do that to pay for heart surgery on his wife. It's like having a pretty savings account!


I posted a pic of some of the stuff that is in the house that is just some of the bits and spurs, we have a pile of Larry Schutte hair ropes, a Blind Bob hair rope, vintage headstalls, bosals, bosalitas, rawhide romel reins...I am too lazy to walk out to the trailer and grab the other stuff..lol

I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.

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You use those spurs??

Nice collection though!!

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