I have decided that instead of spending tons of money on a custom tack set (bridle and brestcollar) I am going to try to make my own. I already have the set I am wanting to customize. It is just a plain harness leather bridle and brestcollar of an unknown brand. We picked it up from an auction years ago for dirt cheap. I figure that if I am going to be trying this for the first time I might as well be using inexpensive tack just in case. I am wanting to replace the buckles on the bridle and add a few conchos/rhinestones to both. I have a few questions first.
1) What kind of conchos are best to use? Ones with chicago screws or glue-on? Which ones last longer?
2) Where can I find some nice conchos with some bling on them?
3) Is it possible to change out the buckles on a bridle? There are two sets of buckles. One set of two is held on with chicago screws, the other is by a removeable piece of leather.
4) Do you just use a leather hole punch to put on conchos with chicago screws? If not, what else do I need to do to make it work?