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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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Hunting Whip Thongs & How to Attach Them

Googling “How to attach a hunting whip thong” can yield some interesting results and is probably better not attempted in a public place. There are instructions on various websites but my inability to think in 3D makes them difficult to … Continue reading

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Ranchero Ingenuity

This is an old Mexican ring bit It was obviously much used, it has lost its chains and a couple of silver studs. I love the fact that a previous owner or their blacksmith has replaced the rein loops with … Continue reading

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A Devon Stirrup

You learn something new every day – today I learned that leather slipper stirrups were also known as “Devon” stirrups and I learned rather too much about Basil leather. This is a rather worn leather slipper stirrup – it was … Continue reading

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Miniature Stirrups

I recently bought a silver slipper stirrup from an online auction – I probably should have read the description more carefully, I was a little surprised when it arrived … I don’t know if it was made as a toy … Continue reading

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The Tailor of Leigh on Sea

OK, this isn’t exactly a John le CarrĂ© story – it is, however an interesting glimpse into someone’s life… I recently bought a collection of cowboy / western gear – it’s always intriguing to wonder how it ended up here … Continue reading

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How did this spur end up here ?

This old spur came as part of a collection of rather more glamorous 18th Century examples Frankly I wondered why the previous collector had bothered to keep it. Yes, it was old, likely late 18th century, but not an unusual … Continue reading

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Cope Safety Stirrups

It is a frustrating fact that very few old sidesaddle safety stirrups will fit a modern boot. So I was very pleased to find TWO large Cope safety stirrups in the bottom of a case of tack Just a minute … Continue reading

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Saddle Flask with Compass

Several years ago I wrote about a whip with a compass in the handle : Read more here So, I was pleased to find this Champion & Wilton saddle flask with a space in its lid for a compass : … Continue reading

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