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Beery Four-in-One Bit

I’ve had this bit for a while. I had assumed it was some sort of harness bit, but I have just learned that it is a Beery 4 Way or Four-in-One Bit “Professor” Jesse Beery (1861-1945) was an interesting man. … Continue reading

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Japanese Whip or Muchi

This was advertised as a Japanese donkey whip : It seems a bit grand for a donkey with its silver cap. And why (and how) is it curled ? A bit of internet research taught me that Japanese horse whips … Continue reading

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Taloneras

Some South American spurs can be huge ( they are thought to have developed from the Spanish Colonial “Espuela Grande” after all ). So how do they stay in position ? Many gaucho spurs have large pierced heel plates or … Continue reading

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A Hanoverian Bit

These days the Hanoverian mouthpiece is usually found on a pelham bit or occasionally on a snaffle It has a large central port with rollers on each side. The rollers are supposed to encourage the horse to relax its jaw, … Continue reading

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Georgian Riding Belts

If I were King George IV I’m not sure that I would have given my Royal Warrant to someone who made “riding belts” so that they could effectively advertise my need for a corset. In Shaun Cole’s “The Story of … Continue reading

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Vigor’s Horse Action Saddle

A few years ago I was hugely amused by this advert : So, when I saw one at auction I needed little encouragement to buy it : Considering its age (it dates from the 1890′s ) it’s in pretty good … Continue reading

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A Pair of Hercules Bronze Spurs with a History

One of the frustrations of buying things at auction is that they often come without any history or provenance and I am left wondering how some piece of cowboy equipment ended up here in the South West of England. Well, … Continue reading

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Antique Saddle Engraving

Yet another mystery … I am trying to find the source of this engraving : At first I thought it might come from Diderot & d’Alembert’s Encyclopaedia, but it doesn’t. I have spent far too long looking for images of … Continue reading

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Dogon Noseband

It probably demonstrates my ignorance, but when I think of African bridles I tend to picture rather severe-looking ring bits. So the metal nosebands sometimes used by the Dogon people were a pleasant discovery. They are used as a hackamore … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridle

I have owned this bridle for a while now and it has me puzzled. It is made of dark brown or black leather lined with soft red leather. It is decorated with ridged plates of gilt brass and gilt brass … Continue reading

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