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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

3D Printed Cones

      Hello! Today I managed to convince my brother to 3D print me some model horse props. Most of you don’t know that my brother is a craft maker as well. He has his own work room where he makes resin things, wires up contraptions, and other things. Well, he has two 3D printers and today he was looking for things to print, so I suggested model horse cones! 3 dollars and a few hours later, I have my very own 3D printed cones!  


This is my brother’s craft room:


I love them so much, they even stack! I just couldn’t wait, so I had to go outside to take some pictures!


I chose blue to match the poles that I painted a while ago.


I was just playing around and taking all kinds of photos! :)




My brother and I are already talking about collaborating and selling some 3D printed things on my Etsy shop!









Sunday, July 18, 2021

Again and Again

     Hello! When it comes to the model horse hobby (or any hobby in general) you’re going to run into issues. Trial and error is just a way of learning! I know that in the past, I’ve faces SO many problems! I remember when I was so dedicated to learning how to sew that I would sit in my craft room and sew for AGES! My family would only see me at meal times, but other than that I would be sewing. There were many times I felt like just throwing everything down and quitting. 

     Developing my saddle pattern was so much work! It’s awfully hard to create a saddle pattern from scratch when you can’t remember what an English saddle looked like. I had to sit down and fully study the parts of a saddle so that I could just sketch out a pattern. And let me just tell you, it was not easy. I would try to construct an entire saddle, but something would always go wrong. The saddle flap would be too big or small, or the girth was too short. So I would start all over again. I probably made about 5 different saddles before I was remotely satisfied with it. I wish I had kept my failed saddle attempts, but most of them are in the trash or in my backyard. (I put them in a time capsule.)


An old buckle that I made out of a paper clip.


My first attempt at a girth.

     A BIG problem that I had with my saddles was the bulk. I tried many different ways of reducing it. But I found that skiving makes a big difference. I also learned how to create a saddle tree that reduced bulk as well. In the photo below, you can see the difference. It may not look like much but in the model horse world, it is.




     Another thing that took lots of trial and error was my saddle pads. When I first saw a mini saddle pad I thought, hmm that doesn’t look too hard. But boy, was I wrong. Sewing the saddle pad itself is easy, the really hard part is the edging to go around the outside. Keep in mind that I had no idea how to function a sewing machine, so first thing I had to do was watch videos on how to use a sewing machine!

These were all of my failed saddle pad attempts. 



Some have terrible stitch work,


Some have uneven sides,


I even tried to glue the edging on! (That did not work, it made them Rock solid.)


     Starting something new is always challenging, you never know where to start. If you keep on trying again and again the things you make or do will always improve. I mean they can’t get worse, right? For example look at my saddle pads now compared to my old prototypes!

While my tack can always get better, I’ve come a long way! I guess the point of this post is to encourage you to keep on trying and don’t give up! Learning is a hard thing especially when you don’t know where to start. Also know that everybody makes mistakes! Nobody makes something perfect every time!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Checklist: Breyerfest!!

 So I can officially check off visiting Breyerfest! Although it’s online, I think it still counts. My new friend and I are already talking about carpooling to Breyerfest next year! (Fingers crossed). At first I wasn’t going to buy tickets, but once I saw the celebration horse I had to. I LOVE the mold and the coloring, so I couldn’t pass it up. 


Well, I was mostly busy yesterday with camp so today I tuned into the livestream and I watched a few of the seminars. It was surprisingly fun, I really learned a lot about model horse showing and horses in general.


I’m also working on this black jumper saddle. I feel like I’m getting much better at making saddles, I’m finally *almost* satisfied with my pattern.



Sunday, July 11, 2021

Model Horse Friend

 Ever since I’ve started this hobby I’ve always wanted a friend that shares my love of Breyer horses and tack making. To most people, model horses seem like such a silly hobby, so I’ve ALWAYS wanted a person to chat about model horses with. Well, there are not that many people into model horse showing and tack making where I live. (I live basically in a city.) So it’s always been my dream to become an equine veterinarian in the countryside somewhere. 

Well, I met my person last week! I was at horse camp and I mentioned that I collect model horses. Then this girl, Addie added that she collects model horses too! We soon started chatting and I learned that she’s just like me. She has lots of Breyer horses, she performance shows, makes tack, rides at the same barn as me, and she’s been to Breyerfest.  

Even better, she lives 5 minutes away !! So, yesterday she came over to my house and we had lots of fun. We mostly chatted about different Breyer models, and I showed her how I make my saddles. There aren’t many people into model horse showing, (not as much as other hobbies) so I’m glad that I found someone to talk with. 



Monday, July 5, 2021

4th Of July Parade

     Hello! Yesterday was Fourth of July! This year my dad and I went to the annual Great Falls parade. It was really fun! We mostly went because on Saturday my mom and I were working on the horses costumes and I really wanted to see them at the parade. My mom couldn’t come so me and my dad went instead.


This is Titan. The instructor that I work with cut his hair on Saturday so it looked nice and sharp. I watched her carefully trim away at his mane. With Fjords, the black line in the center of the mane should be a bit taller. This makes it standout! 


There was also this horse in the parade. They weren’t part of LMU but I loved the tinsel!


This is Maggie. She’s a beautiful flea bitten grey. Her owner, Abigail rode her.  


There were also so many ponies! This pony’s name was Hercules and he looked awesome in a headband!


Pony herd!


And to finish it all off, a fellow volunteer drove the tractor behind all the horses! She was in charge of poop control.


There were also other people in the parade. Superheroes,


Spider-Man,


A GIANT truck,


Fire trucks,


Other floats,


And more! My dad and I had so much fun seeing the LMU horses and all the other people in the parade. 


For the rest of the day, we had my friends family over and we watched firework together. I was thinking, next year I should make 4th of July model horse halters!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

NaMoPaiMo Prizes and More

     Hello! I just came back from LA and I had an exiting box waiting for me at home. While I was on vacation my dad sent me a text about a package that arrived for me. So the first thing that I did when I arrived home was look inside the box. In it was a present from Jennifer Buxton! I absolutely LOVE reading her blog, and she’s one of my biggest inspirations. In it was my prizes from NaMoPaiMo but to my surprise she added some other things as well. 

     That included this Breyer horse. I was so surprised when I saw it that I literally almost cried. I’ve decided to keep her Breyer name of Pepper. She’s gorgeous, I’ve always wanted a draft horse and she’s more than I could have ever wanted. 


     Jennifer also gave me leather lace, a ribbon, model horse hardware, a mini shovel, and some string. 

    For the NaMoPaiMo prizes I got the medallion and four stickers. The medallion and stickers are amazing! They’re so detailed and I love the movement that the stickers have. Now I just have to find a place to put the stickers…


 Thank you so much Jennifer! This is probably the best gift that I have ever received. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Hoffman

      Hello! Right now I’m in LA but today I just wanted to talk about a new horse at LMU. His name is Hoffman and he’s half Gypsy Vanner and half Thoroughbred. I can definitely see the Gypsy Vanner and Thoroughbred resemblance. He has that pinto coat (piebald?) pattern and he has the size and personality of a Thoroughbred.


He’s essentially a really big Gypsy Vanner. He’s so tall that I can’t see over him very well, but I like tall horses!


He has such a great personality as well. He will gladly accept treats and he loves the attention of anyone. I think that he’ll make a great therapy horse!


I can’t wait to see how he is with somebody riding him!