Ages ago I was admiring Nichelle's excellent tutorial for a bareback pad and thought 'hmmm, I could make that...now, which of my Julips would like one?'
Cut to a few weeks ago and the answer came to me - Freckles! It's not quite as squishy looking as Nichelle's (I had to use a different glue than usual which hardened rather than dried flexible) but I like it all the same, although it doesn't mould to her back very well, making her look even more fat and witherless than usual! XD
I made her a bridle too, with nice chunky rope reins, a ribbon browband and bright orange bit guards. These were simply baked orange fimo which was rolled out very thin, then cut out with the lid of a pen. (like a cookie cutter!)
Two of the ponies got new winter rugs as well, (although Agrimony doesn't really need it, being a hardy Highland and all...but it does look good on her, so I think I might let her keep it after all. :P)
Talisman's rug does actually fit him properly, I didn't realise it was all bumphled up at the front until I was sorting out the photos on the computer. XD
I really love the fabric the rug's made from though. I can't remember where I bought it from but it's lovely soft cotton and has been used before for Tegan's hooded turnout.
He also got a simple snaffle bridle with plaited reins to match his rug.
Luna had her bridle upgraded slightly, with bit guards (made from sequins, but they're a bit small so I might try the fimo trick at some point) and a new 'gilded' and plaited browband as her old ribbon one had faded.
She's also got herself a new rider! I found this BBC Robin Hood figure second-hand and after a bit of surgery (involving donated arms!) he now makes a rather good little showjumper. I think he's going to be her and Kenway's new owner.
This one is ancient but I never posted it. XD
I've always had Rhona the Highland kitted out in nice Natural Horsemanship themed stuff with a treeless saddle and bitless bridle, but a while back I thought I'd go one step further and have her ridden in just a headcollar. She's a very sweet and reliable old mare
It has felt padding at the nose and poll and the colours are thistle themed. :D
New boy Spud got a bridle as well. I still haven't decided on a colour scheme for him as he keeps changing his mind every time I think I've got it sorted! I made a simple 'Tom Thumb' styled bit from one half of a hook and eye closure and included a little curb chain as well, although it's a link too long and I'll need to tweak it...
Here he is, sans clothes. :P
I ordered him as my 25th birthday present to myself, only I'm useless at remembering to order things in time so he's kinda a Christmas present now too as I missed my birthday by about a month, haha.
I asked Laura to paint him similar to a lovely pintaloosa I've seen a couple of times at the RHS and she did a great job of capturing such a complicated colour!
I asked for a personalised freezemark too with my initials and age so I'll always have a little memento of one of my 'big' birthdays.