Now I can stamp the horse IDs instead of using a stencil. I liked the way the stencils looked, but spacing was difficult because the stencil would lay over the letter or number before it.
This was just a practice run on the new tools. As you can probably tell I got the 2 and 5 confused LOL so that's why those are stamped deeper. Plus this was an old piece of rough out leather I had so I was trying different amounts of mallet strikes along with differing degrees of dampness.
I've spent some time thinking since my first order about what would happen on a trail if your horse spooked and ran off. I've never worried about it before because the trails I rode were on the property I boarded at and I knew if something happened Sienna would know her way back to the barn. Actually knowing her, she wouldn't go further than the first blade of grass. But she's at a new facility now and they have miles of trails and I'm not sure if she would know where to go back to, so even though I was just messing around with hers, I have it on her tack.
I'm also putting up a picture of just a few of the items I have to decorate these with. But for 10 bucks you can get a plain stamped one with all your information and I'd think it would be worth the money for the peace of mind. I cut the leather myself (not this one, like I said an old leftover) and hand stamp it, can tool it if you want, paint it, dye it, decorate it, make it as plain or fancy as you want. If you want to talk to me about making you one, or special order conchos for that matter, you can PM me here or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This may be one of the cheapest investments you ever made to keep you and your horse safe. Thanks, Cheryl