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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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Tethering Posts

However specialised your field of collecting, someone somewhere in the world probably shares your passion . I was delighted to find this book : “Horsing Around – 19th Century Cast Iron Hitching Posts”, it’s a catalogue of an exhibition of … Continue reading

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Antique Racing Whips

          Next time I find myself cringing at the sight of a neon pink riding whip or a crystal encrusted browband perhaps I should reconsider. “Bling” has been with us in the horse world for quite … Continue reading

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Padded Stirrups

I tend to associate padded stirrups with modern endurance or trail riding saddles. So these were quite a surprising find – a pair of Victorian padded stirrups. The burnished steel construction (well, they would have been burnished at one point, … Continue reading

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Lawn Boots

This blog entry is about lawn boots. Partly because they are interesting but largely because they contain no letter “D”. Note the missing key This isn’t an intellectual exercise, I’m no Georges Perec (he wrote “La Disparation”, a novel without … Continue reading

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Driving Horse Decorations

I have just found a box of old harness decorations. They come in many forms : simple solid badges, some interlocking monograms or ciphers and some depicting parts of crests or coats of arms. This decoration features a bloodhound. The … Continue reading

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