Yesterday, Amber and I went to a horse show! It was
hunt seat equitation.
I am not to bad about my riding position but here in the midwest, its cicada season. (They come back every 17 years) and in my last class, one landed right on my face and almost my eye.
All my friends and my family know I am deathly afraid of bugs, and so is Amber. In our second class, one landed right on her butt and she spooked right before a ground pole. (Thank goodness we weren't in a jumping class!) My foot came out of my stirrup, but we managed to still get fourth place!
In the studio I have been working hard on a tack set (and may have had a breakdown about my leather not cooperating) But guess what!!!
I ordered a Peter Stone design-a-horse! (My bank account regrets this decision.)
My trainer was so awesome and gave me a ton of her old Breyers for FREE. Including some horses like Chubasco and Carvelle that I have been looking for for a while! They had a few flaws, but fixable. Today, I am going to show you how to fix them!
This was the biggest flaw out of them all.
All you will need is access to clean water, dish soap (dawn,palmolive, etc.) a PINK eraser, and NEW, UNUSED,OUT-OF-THE-BOX toothbrush. Do not use a magic eraser as it could potentially take away the matte or glossy finish, and a polymer eraser does the opposite, it ADDS shiny marks.
First, wash your models off! Get rid of all of the dust and oils!
Next, add dish soap to your toothbrush, and scrub your model not too firm that it breaks, but not too soft that it does nothing.
Afterwards, take your eraser directly to the flaws. Put your back into it! But again, be careful not to break your precious ponies!
Once done, wash them with your soapy toothbrush and water! I can't guarantee that you could turn a body quality into a live show horse, but if you have a model that shows well and accidentally scratch him, you could use this method! This will definitely help restore horses to their (mostly) former glory!
If you have a dark horse with a paint chip, my best suggestion is to find a craft paint or two that look super close and to mix them and put it on your horse directly. I would say to just leave it unsealed as I don't have much experience with this type of flaw. If you have any tips feel free to comment them for other readers and me to use! If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask!
Ginger has a few paint rubs, but isn't she CUTE?!?! 😍
Infinity Breyers on her youtube posted a "Tack maker tag" and I immediately knew I had to do it!
Q: How long have you been making tack?
A: I first started collecting in 2016 and made my horses bridles out of rubber bands. I really didn't discover the community of model horses and tack makers until quarantine of 2 0 2 0.
Q: What inspired you to make tack?
A: my rubber band bridles were made because I could simply not afford the breyer tack. I started making tack in early 2020 out of boredom and a spur of the moment decision!
Q: What scale do you mainly make tack for?
A: Mostly traditionals, but I do have a neat schleich scale tack set in progress!
Q: When/ How often do you make tack?
A: Mostly about 1-3 days a week :)
Q:Favorite/ least favorite piece of tack to make?
A: I love making halters and blankies! My least favorite would probably be leather bridles with dee rings instead of standard buckles.
Q: Favorite/Least favorite mold to make tack for?
A: I Love making tack for most any mold that either A) has a bridle path, or B) has no flowing mane. Overall though I would have to say Valentine/Giselle for my favorite, and Croi for my least. She has a flowing mane AND no bridle path. *Dun DUn DUN*
Q:First creation/most recent?
A: My first was technically rubber band bridles, but my first bridle from leather was this ugly thing. note how it has an EXTREMELY low noseband, skinny braided ugly reins, nothing but the throatlatch is unadjustable, and it isn't even made properly!
Now my most recent work is this beauty
An adjustable bareback set! still has room for improvement but looks better! (somewhere I have a hackamore to go with it but now I can't find it!) also please excuse my terrible basement lighting and weird streaks. I promise she doesn't have those in real life.
Q:All time favorite tack piece you've made?
A: definitely this bareback set!
Q: One piece of tack you would like to learn how to make?
A: Saddles! I have made some, but they are super ugly... I need to probably buy some nice trees instead of making terrible ones DIY style.
Q:Do you have a tack shop?
A: technically not yet, but I am in the process of making some items for an Etsy store! I mean I do have a blog/website... (obviously)
I just want to give a huge thank you to Infinity Breyers on IG and Youtube for making this epic tag!
Her IG: https://www.instagram.com/infinity_breyers/
Her YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPqYOsc6weJY-7nlFK09QVg
If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen me post about my new vintage Breyer donkey.
I also saw some other horsey things :D
I saw a vintage (what seemed to be saddleseat) saddle. The last time I have seen a saddleseat saddle was about 2 years ago at my old barn. The stirrups were bothering me so I ran them up!
I also saw some horse signs! :D (and a bonus buckeyes one too!)
It felt amazing to be back at antiques village as in December, a car crashed into the front of the building. I got my five gaiter there, and his show name is now Burn 'em Up! There was also a booth entirely cowboy boots but I forgot to get a picture.
I recently bought a Tandy leather super skiver and I absolutely love it! It is sooo much better than an exacto knife (mine is somewhat broken lol) and it saves a TON of time! (here is the link https://www.amazon.com/Tandy-Leather-Super-Skiver-3025-00/dp/B0036KZ9KC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tandy+leather+super+skiver&qid=1617918463&sr=8-1)
It skives the leather SOOOOO easily and I definitely recomend buying one!
This is all the excess I got in a single scrape!
Anyways I definitely recommend this and was definitely worth the wait (It was like 4 days but I am super impatient;)
This is kinda a weird post but I have seen many many youtubers do this so I thought I would give it a try.
Uffington is absolutely STUNNING! I love cremellos! He is definitely my number one fav!
Pech Merle is okay. I am not the biggest fan of the John Henry mold but I do love his appaloosa coloring!
Gran Cavallo is neat. I think his paint markings are GORGEOUS, but again, not a fan of the mold. I would still not be upset if I got him.
Seurat is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! I had such a hard time picking out my top two, and he did end up in third, but I absolutely love this dude!
I will be honest, I really don't like this dude at all. He is definitely my least favorite. I think his color would be cute on a horse, but not on a bull. I also don't like his mold either, but it is overall neat how he has paint markings.
I love this dude! I love his gloss and his coloring! I love this mold and this mane variation the best! He would come out fourth on my list, but again SOOO hard to pick!!!
I usually HATE decorator models, but honestly I LOVE Pollock. I love the Valegro mold, (and I have a horse on it (Lucien)) and I feel like the coloring on this dude brings out his expressions! Pintoloosas are always cool, but especially him!
Ansel is definitely a close second favorite! I love the troubadour mold and his COAT COLOR!!!!! *Squee!* he looks like a tack friendly horse too!!! I have a feeling he will be hard to get but someone said he looked to much like Epona of the 2020 Breyerfest, but I could care less. I need him sooo bad!
I did not upload a pic of the 7 arts surprise, as it is a surprise, but I am very excited to see the mold and colors. I don't know if I will purchase it but it's quite a possibility I think there are a few decorators and I predict it to be on the Totalias mold. But of course we can't forget about the celebration horse!
I LOVE Dani! I am excited because I think it will be a mare and I need more mares in my herd! Her appaloosa coat is BEAUTIFUL! I cannot string enough words to describe her! She is Almost as beautiful as True North (my number one "grail")
I was bored today and had an inner impulse to make a hay net. I decided to make it my first tutorial!
For the first step you need to have 10 strands of embroidery floss, and they need to be cut into about 15" strands. I cut mine way to long, at about 24 inches. I ended up cutting off like 6 inches at the end. I also made my diamonds way to big for 1:9 scale as well.
For the next step, knot it in the middle. If you need a guide, fold it in half and mark with your finger.
Next, you are going to separate your strings and knot two of them together, then repeat all the way around.
After you have completed that, you will do the same thing but with different strings that are on the other side to get the diamond effect.
Repeat the step above to get the desired length
Afterwards, on the same strings tie some knots about 1/2 of an inch away.
Then, weave a string in between your knots.
Once you weave all the way through, tie a knot at a reasonable spot so you can still undo the bag to add in our hay!
For the hay, I glued two marbles together, cut up raffia, glued the raffia to the marbles, and stuck it in the hay net
And you're done! I hope you enjoyed this and it inspires you to make your own, because model horses need hay too, right? 🐴
Hello and welcome to my blog, Buckeye Tack! I make model horse tack and props in mainly 1:9 but I will occasionally make it in smaller scales such as 1:12, 1:24, and 1:32. I hope my posts and tutorials inspire you to make your own tack! If you have any questions or tack suggestions feel free to comment them or email me!