Category Archives: Horse Bits

Antique and collectable horse bits

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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Samuel Chifney

While trying to sort out the chaos that always seems to precede Christmas I found a picture that I bought a while ago. Frankly, it’s awful.  I cannot think of a single good motive for buying it – as I … Continue reading

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