Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Southern California
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Book on bridles
Bridles of the Americas Vol. 1 Indian Silver by Martin and Bauver.
I have always liked books on bridles, I make my own bridles. I got ahold of this book and it is definitely one of the most fascinating and complete discussions on these bridles you could imagine.
It mostly is photos of the bridles, but with accompanying text explaining what you are looking at and the history involved. It starts with the re-introduction of the horse to the continent and talkes about the influence of the Moors in the style of riding, which in turn influenced the style of the bits and bridles used. There are many photos of intricate ring bits with suspended chains. Decorative elements originating with motifs from the Aztecs, Moors, and Spain are shown in detail. There are also historical photos showing some of the elaborate tack.
When I got it, I looked through it, and am now going back and studying a few pages at a time. You really get caught up in the subject. I want to get the other volumes, unfortunately these books are pricey. But if you really like this kind of stuff, worth the money. I'm going to keep an eye on these books and eventually get the other ones.