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post #1 of 21 Old 09-23-2012, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Making your own bridles, breastplates, etc.

Does anyone know of a site that has instructions on how to make bitless bridles, breastplates, martingales and so on?

If you know how to make tack and do so for selling purposes, how did you learn how to do it?

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post #2 of 21 Old 09-23-2012, 06:56 AM
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post #4 of 21 Old 09-23-2012, 09:07 AM
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Dancing Arabian, Have you considered making browbands from plastic strips instead of ribbon? Walking horse and saddlebred people look for something unique for showing. Tandy Leather sells this in numerous colors. I had to search high and low for a special browband. Found a plain one in Royal Blue which really pops on a black horse. Some of the browbands sell for upwards of $100.
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post #6 of 21 Old 09-23-2012, 04:17 PM
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Try leatherworker.net. It's a forum that can provide all sorts of info on leatherwork. I used to subscribe to a magazine entitled, "The Leathercrafters and Saddlers Journal". Every month they had an instructional article including patterns for various things, including cowboy and horse tack and accessories. I have to tell you, though, that with the price of leather and the quantities you are forced to purchase, and the price of leatherworking tools, it's cheaper to buy the articles already made, unless you plan to make more than one or two, and unless you want or need a high level of customization. Then again, there are folks like me who just like to buy tools and make their own stuff...to heck with the cost.

@Saddlebag: I plan to graduate to saddles soon, myself. Whose course did you take?

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post #7 of 21 Old 09-23-2012, 06:05 PM
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I've just started braiding my own tack using paracord. It's cheap, you don't need many tools, and you can use awesome colours! Where I am now I can't buy hardware so I'm doing simple stuff, when I get home I'll do a bridle and breastplate. So far I've made some dog collars, curb straps, and I just finished one rein of my
First set of split reins.

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I was hurting for a headstall and didn't have 80$ to go buy one, so I made it myself. I'll post a pic when I get home.
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post #9 of 21 Old 10-01-2012, 04:24 PM
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Lots of trial and error. Self taught and am currently working on a DIY bitless bridle kit.

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post #10 of 21 Old 10-01-2012, 05:23 PM
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hey Wild Spot....what size cord do you use?

I have lots of 550 cord that I make bracelets and lanyards n stuff for friends...but at least imo it seems a little thin for horse halters bridles etc...but it could be that the diameter of mine is really small lol

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