Category Archives: Horse Bits

Antique and collectable horse bits

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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Latchford, the Loriner (and Grave Despoiler?)

If you find yourself in Trafalgar Square I would recommend visiting the crypt of St.Martin-in-the-fields for several reasons : It is a remarkable brick built vaulted structure They have an excellent cafe And high up on one of the pillars … Continue reading

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Equestrian Decor

  Someone contacted me last week looking for old eggbutt bits to use as curtain tie-backs (or more accurately drape tie-backs, they were in the USA) This sounded like an interesting idea & got me looking around the web for … Continue reading

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Place Names

I found myself in Kineton yesterday. And where did my thoughts wander? Did I appreciate the 13th Century church , and the village green and pond? Or the late summer sun shining through the trees? Not so much – I … Continue reading

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Weald and Downland Museum

The Weald & Downland Museum near Chichester in Sussex is a fantastic place. Not only are there over forty rescued and reconstructed buildings, they also run courses teaching traditional skills and crafts – everything from making natural dyes, through polelathing … Continue reading

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Bristol M Shed Museum

Last weekend we went to Bristol Harbour Festival and, as always , had an excellent time. Good food, drink, music, and surprisingly weather, even the bus journey home was enlivened by a child spilling a box of brightly coloured beads … Continue reading

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Renaissance Catalogue ?

The scarcity of reference material on antique saddlery and lorinery can be frustrating. Old catalogues from any era can be fascinating sources of information – but this one is special. It is in the prints and books collection of the … Continue reading

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Antique Drenching Bit

    Medicating horses has got so much easier – or so I tell myself as I scrape worming paste out of my hair. And I do wonder how effective a wormer is once it has disappeared up a horse’s … Continue reading

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Horse Bits & Charities

Spring finally seems to be here – good. And the end of the financial year, which means an inventory check – not so good. Somehow I acquire stuff at a much faster rate than I can catalogue or photograph it. … Continue reading

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Horse Bits

Horse bits have been occupying my thoughts for a few reasons this week. I was in Oxford so took the opportunity to visit the Ashmolean Museum.   Pretty well the first exhibits I saw were horse bit related. There was … Continue reading

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