Does anyone make custom bridles?
Reins, and breastcollars?
I've been wanting to get a custom Portuguese-type bridle set for Divo made. I found the style that I want, BUT....it's $800 :shock: for the bridle plus another $600 for the breastcollar, and I don't like the quality. I feel that I could do better if I made my own.
You would need to be able to attach things properly to leather, cut, and stitch it. I thought about doing it myself, have to invest in a leather-stitching machine. Worth it perhaps? I have a dog in need of a better harness.
What do you guys think? Am I completely out of my mind here? Can it be done? Should I attempt it myself!? :-o
Have you thought of contacting one of the medieval fairs or dinner places to find out who does their equipment? Perhaps that person wold know how to do it.
It could be done but I wouldn't attempt it. Non-pro people can usually turn out something mostly functional, but it never looks as good as when someone who is experienced with working leather makes it.
If it was me, I would look into finding a local saddler or leather worker and get a quote from them. No doubt it still won't be cheap, but the equipment you would have to buy to do it yourself would probably cost you an arm and a leg anyway.
I think that the price of you buying everything to make your own would probably add up to the cost of the bridle you want to make.
Also, most people that work with leather have some sort of training and the ones that make beautiful tack have been doing it for a loooong time.
I actually looked at used leather sewing machines and you can get them for around $100-$250 or so (some are a LOT more expensive, but I don't want anything super fancy). There was one guy selling a bunch of leather scraps AND tools for $250. Unfortunately, I hadn't the cash then :(
I've always wanted to try my hand at leatherworking/silversmithing. I do Taxidermy (getting better at it, doing two chickens and they actually look like chickens! :lol:) so leatherworking wouldn't be that big of a jump.
I might look for some cheapo used bridles to mess with, take the stitches out and add stuff kinda deal. See if I can put them properly back together, etc.
ONE DAY! XDDD I shall have my purdy tack set! I lost out on the lawn-mowing summer job I was hoping to get (wanted a slightly-custom saddle for Divo). The guys just out of his mind with what he wants to pay, so no dice on that. Did get hired to help my dad remodel a house he bid on. There miiiiggghhhttt be some extra work there, he's talking to the boss today to see. I'd inquire myself, but I'm a girl -eyeroll-, hard to get dudes to take you serious.
Get hold of Sharon at Big Sioux Saddlery. She is awesome! Here is her website.
Big Sioux Saddlery
We have a member here who makes some beautiful headstalls and breast collars - I just have to remember his name.
Are you talking about the guy from Europe?
ETA: I had to go look him up just because I was curious because I couldn't remember his name either LOL. It's Nutty Saddler, though I haven't seen him on in a while.
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