My yard sale score...and a couple of questions
So, I was on my way to feed for my friend this morning and I passed a yard sale. I saw a couple of saddles sitting out front, so I decided that if I had time before work, that I would stop by to see what they had. Well, I had about ten minutes to spare before work, so I zoomed in. Sooooo glad I did!! They had a couple of gorgeous saddles, but I didn't have that much money. Then I was browsing some of the other stuff and came across this dusty leather halter. The guy took a rag and wiped it down...and it was a big leather show halter with silver and a matching lead laying a couple of feet away! So, I asked him how much he wanted for it, thinking it was going to be some ridiculous amount and he said that he'd told someone $35 earlier, for just the halter, but they hadn't come back. So, I thought for a minute (did some mental math) and then said "If you throw in the lead, I'll give you $40 right now." SOLD!!
It needs to be oiled badly, and the silver needs to be cleaned, as does the chain part of the lead. It looked big enough to fit Aires, but I figured if it didn't, I could always resell it for A LOT more than I paid for it. ;-) Anyway, it fits Aires perfectly on the biggest settings. lol I was surprised that it adjusts on both sides of the nose, along the bottom of the throat (between the noseband and throatlatch...the chin, I guess?), and on both sides of the head.
So, here it is. I haven't cleaned it up yet or oiled it.
And on the boy (crappy cell phone pic, but I forgot my camera this morning):
So, on to my questions...
1) I know I can use my Skidmore's leather cream on the leather parts. What can I use to clean the silver/hardware? Anything special?
2) I'll try to get better pics on Monday, but does it look like it fits him okay? It's not tight, exactly, but it's not overly loose.
3) The chain part of the lead is really rusted. Do you think I could just use like an SOS pad to clean that up?
4) This halter seems more like a western-style halter and Aires is definitely not a stock-type horse...do you think it'd be okay to use for English halter classes?
For english halter classes, you use an english bridle. But the halter looks good & fit Aires so if you ever show showmanship or halter, you will have something. Any commercial silver cleaner will polish it up, it's a cheaper silver so it is gonna tarnish regularly. You can make the rust look a little less noticeable but I doubt you can remove it entirely. They do sell replacement chains for leads though.
The chain is sewn into the lead, so I'd have to get the tack store to replace it.
When you say showmanship and halter, are you talking in the western classes? Our local schooling show is divided into English classes (the halter classes are English/driving type halter and color halter class [I know we could sweep that one lol]) and western classes (stock type halter is the only halter class for western...and Aires is definitely not stock type...not saying we couldn't enter, but yeah). I'm thinking that if his head grows any more and we need more room, I can maybe have the tack store make replacement pieces, since so much of the halter is adjustable?
yes you would use this halter for western halter/showmanship classes. an english bridle would be used for english showmanship. it fits him pretty good from what i can see in the picture. if he grows more it looks like there is some room to use a leather punch and poke a few more holes. the cheap way to clean the silver is to use toothpaste instead of silver cleaner.. well i use it for all my bits and saddles but havent tried it on a show halter yet (:
Yes, you have to get the new chain installed by a shoemaker or someone who has a leather sewing machine, costs only a few bucks, oops dollars! If after you steelwool most of the rust off & it doesn't look too noticeable, just use it. When you use that halter for showmanship, you should be in western show attire, but if you are dressed in English attire, you use an English bridle.
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Great score! And it's black! Woo-Hoo! Congrats!
I'm with midnight - toothpaste does a great job on silver and it's something you don't have to run out & buy!
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What about touching up the chain with some silver paint if most the rust comes off? Just a thought.
It would be a pain, but I have seen rust spots come off scrubbing with steel wool. Wrap a piece around a nail file maybe, and try scrubbing it like that.
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