I finished the March commissions yesterday! Out of the six commissions I've completed thus far this year, five have been western.
As far as I can tell (records keeping was spotty in the early days), this is the 5th straight year that I have donated. Here's a brief pictorial history...
The lovely ladies on Blab pointed out a couple of issues on the saddle, so after revising here it is!
Also showing the six different saddle pads I made for it. I fooled around with printable fabric and let me just say...AWESOME. The pattern sizes and whatnot need some tweaking but oh wow. I will never use felt for a western pad again!
They're both for the same gal, and the western style endurance set was one I'd never tried before, even though I had it listed on my website.
So far so good, but just how the curb strap is going to work is something I haven't quite decided on yet.
The english saddle is probably my best so far. The shape of the flaps is just beautiful, and the seat has a really nice shape to it. I'm excited about it, and I really wish it were a personal set!
I also tried something new with the bridle. Typically, I do 'german' hackamores which are basically a covered wire with shanks and a chin strap/chain. Usually quite strong. This time I attempted and english hackamore, which seem to be more common for jumping and eventing. I think it turned out nicely, but it was rather fiddly. Added to that, the fact that the horse these sets will eventually be shown on is a G2 Warmblood with a slightly customized nose, and it was kind of hard to keep everything straight. You still can't see much of the running martingale because of the tucked head, but my customer's model has had his head raised in addition to the nose job, so I think it will all turn out nicely.