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  • Tackoholics-- Die like Elvis but post here first

    Elvis Presley, who expired on the crapper as a result of too many drugs, too mixed for too long, inspires this thread for us tack junkies.

    Post your tack of choice-- the beautiful, the heinous-- the stuff you just can't put down and enjoy in any form, the stuff you wish you could kick to the curb. Pics are even better.

    I'll start with a poor picture, but a great piece of tack: http://s800.photobucket.com/albums/y...t=IMG_0466.jpg

    A rare newmarket lead. Edgewood, 1 inch wide, square raised in the front section, double chains for attaching to a bit. Bought in the late 1990s in NorCal and I have never seen another one like it.

    I can't see where I'll ever use it since I don't plan to breed baby horses to show in hand, or kids to show leadline. But it was and is too beautiful not to own. The ladies dressed to the nines for leadline at Devon (forchrissakes) can't complete the picture without one of these.

    Yours?
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat

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    mvp, you *knew* I'd play!

    Nice shank, btw.

    My favorite is actually a raised, padded version but that one's at the barn (I do actually use it from time to time, LOL.)

    This one is the second place finisher. It's a nice havana shank that is braided to resemble the old school braided style reins (which I much prefer to the laced variety that is so common now.)
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    We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
    -PaulaEdwina

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    • #3
      I never knew leadshanks could be so pretty. Unfortunately I don't have anything especially different to post but you have both made me decide I need to add a leather shank to my tack collection. I always use my Antares, which I love.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
        mvp, you *knew* I'd play!

        Nice shank, btw.

        My favorite is actually a raised, padded version but that one's at the barn (I do actually use it from time to time, LOL.)

        This one is the second place finisher. It's a nice havana shank that is braided to resemble the old school braided style reins (which I much prefer to the laced variety that is so common now.)
        OMG! That is beautiful!!!

        It was very considerate of you to embed the picture - since I can't view most of the photo links from work

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        • #5
          *Snork* I have not one but two chifney leads (they are semi useful for HB horses, but they are to die for if you are taking a jumper to the ring and have reins+running and can't easily pull the reins over the head). My current fave is this beautiful creature:

          http://www.tackshackocala.com/colesh.html

          That shank leather is like glove leather, and I use that shank all the time when I pony my 3 year old.

          For sheer practical things, I love my yoke. Perfect for chest plate drawreins, but even more useful when I started the aforementioned 3 year old. I'm not a fan of standings for anything other than dress at show, but a nice neck strap goes a long way the first time that 3 year old decides to buck! Or that was the plan... Sadly it didn't work to plan (it never does) but he was only good for one session and he was done. LOL everyone else is SMRT enough to send their youngsters off to a trainer, but I just had to do it myself. Oh well, sense of pride and accomplishment and all that... it comes with Bruised Ass.
          Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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          • #6
            There was a (brief) period of time when I was trying to give up purchasing bridles and needed another, er, outlet... and I found pretty lead shanks nearly as gratifying. As well as easier to store, LOL. I have run out of room on my bridle rack.

            I wish I had taken a photo of the one I got as a Christmas gift for my former groom. It was a raised, fancy stitched jumper shank and I had his name "engraved" on a leather "plate" instead of the usual brass. It was really unusual and he loved it.
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            We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
            -PaulaEdwina

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            • #7
              A real tack junkie thread? Junkie as in you have it or covet it just because of how it looks? I have to nominate my trainer's old fine harness. No pics, sorry, but back in the day it was a lovely thing and it still has intricate stitching and these complicated shield designs embossed on it at connection points. Really nice bridle leather, not that patent stuff, so it probably wasn't fancy enough for the job, but I love just looking at it/handling it/breathing it in.
              Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
              Incredible Invisible

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              • #8
                Do clothes count? I have a beautiful collection of wool coolers - no pictures but they are gorgeous....

                My personal favorite for schooling day or a lesson day is the navy blue and black Glen plaid with navy binding and a soft yellow piping - yellow mono to match

                Our show day cooler is an amazing navy blue wool with a really cool weave, with navy binding, lt blue and lt grey piping - lt blue mono to match

                Then there is the heavyweight melton in black with black binding and lt grey and lt blue piping - two color mono in grey and blue

                Then the everyday home cooler - light grey with navy binding and lt blue piping - mono in lt blue

                and the other at home cooler - a rust and light yellow Eskadron

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DMK View Post
                  http://www.tackshackocala.com/colesh.html

                  That shank leather is like glove leather, and I use that shank all the time when I pony my 3 year old.
                  Oh you did NOT just link me to that. I have never seen anything like that before and I MUST HAVE IT!!!! (Maybe 2.)

                  My guy unfortunately learned at age 3 that he if got a step ahead of me when I am leading him with a normal lead rope, he could take off. I started leading him with a chain over his nose and to this day (age 11) he'll still do it to me if I try to lead him with a normal lead rope (I think he sees me thinking about it in my mind). AND he only does it to me. The barn staff leads him with no problem without a chain. Me - he gets this glint in his eye and off to the races!! So chain over the nose it is, but I always wrap it so it won't cut in. But THIS...I LOVE THIS. The covered chain is a great idea!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ponymom64 View Post
                    Do clothes count? I have a beautiful collection of wool coolers - no pictures but they are gorgeous....

                    My personal favorite for schooling day or a lesson day is the navy blue and black Glen plaid with navy binding and a soft yellow piping - yellow mono to match

                    Our show day cooler is an amazing navy blue wool with a really cool weave, with navy binding, lt blue and lt grey piping - lt blue mono to match

                    Then there is the heavyweight melton in black with black binding and lt grey and lt blue piping - two color mono in grey and blue

                    Then the everyday home cooler - light grey with navy binding and lt blue piping - mono in lt blue

                    and the other at home cooler - a rust and light yellow Eskadron
                    I am happy to vouch for your cooler collection - they are lovely!!!!
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                    We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                    -PaulaEdwina

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                    • #11
                      This is another favorite, although I don't currently have a jumper to put it on. (I envision it looking fab on a mahogany bay with lots of white.)

                      The only rub is with something this blinged out, you would definitely have to ride like a rockstar or risk being the subject of some serious snickering.
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                      We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                      -PaulaEdwina

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                        This is another favorite, although I don't currently have a jumper to put it on. (I envision it looking fab on a mahogany bay with lots of white.)

                        The only rub is with something this blinged out, you would definitely have to ride like a rockstar or risk being the subject of some serious snickering.
                        Definitely requires a rockstar ride but gojus nonetheless....

                        Is the mahogany bay you picture it on the one that just came into the barn?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ponymom64 View Post
                          Definitely requires a rockstar ride but gojus nonetheless....

                          Is the mahogany bay you picture it on the one that just came into the barn?
                          Stop!! He is spoken for!!!!

                          <I do not have time to ride another horse. I do not have time to ride another horse. I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO RIDE ANOTHER HORSE.>

                          It would look great on him, though. LOL.
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                          We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                          -PaulaEdwina

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                            Stop!! He is spoken for!!!!

                            <I do not have time to ride another horse. I do not have time to ride another horse. I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO RIDE ANOTHER HORSE.>

                            It would look great on him, though. LOL.
                            I think you are protesting too much, and that soon you are going to add another horse to the family. You really do need another, if only to put to use all those bridles you own. I like the clincher bridle, is that ADT?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BAC View Post
                              I think you are protesting too much, and that soon you are going to add another horse to the family. You really do need another, if only to put to use all those bridles you own. I like the clincher bridle, is that ADT?
                              If Lucassb got a jumper - I *know* of someone who would LOVE to help with the riding, since LB, is of course too busy to commit to an additional everyday ride

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by BAC View Post
                                I think you are protesting too much, and that soon you are going to add another horse to the family. You really do need another, if only to put to use all those bridles you own. I like the clincher bridle, is that ADT?
                                Thanks! I liked it too - it's a bit unusual, you know what a sucker I am for stuff like that. And the leather is fab. It's a T de T bridle, but I have CWD reins on it.

                                Originally posted by ponymom64 View Post
                                If Lucassb got a jumper - I *know* of someone who would LOVE to help with the riding, since LB, is of course too busy to commit to an additional everyday ride
                                Oh boy, talk about ENABLING. You guys are worse than Mr. Lucassb.

                                To be perfectly honest, I would buy that horse in a heartbeat, BUT he is spoken for. So, not available <sob>
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                                We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                                -PaulaEdwina

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                                • #17
                                  Oh boy, talk about ENABLING. You guys are worse than Mr. Lucassb.

                                  To be perfectly honest, I would buy that horse in a heartbeat, BUT he is spoken for. So, not available <sob>
                                  We do what we can

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                                  • Original Poster

                                    #18
                                    Slow down!

                                    I can't catch up-- but it's nice to try.

                                    On shanks:

                                    Lucassb-- is that a Quillen's creation? I thought about adding a braided shank to my collection, but I tried to justify *not* buying one of those for fear it would stretch in battle conditions. Not that it looks like you have used this one, but do you think so?

                                    I'll reveal others in my collection, and other nice storage techniques in time. But I'm certainly guilty of owning unused tack.

                                    DMK--The leather covered chain shank looks awesome, too. Nice price as well. Do you think it would be a PITA to feed through halter rings? And what happens when you wear through the leather on said halter rings? Does the leather defeat the purpose of the chain?

                                    I don't mean to diss your choice. Just looking for reasons not to buy. We "I really need a reason to quit" addicts will cling to just about anything.

                                    I wish I had a picture of the handmade rolled shank I gave to someone else as a present. From Luckett's ? Tack behind the backgate at Churchill Downs. When I travel, I put tack stores on my "must visit" list the way other people visit museums and monuments. It's a sickness.

                                    I'm sure we'll get plenty of bridles on this thread. Lucassb has set the bar pretty high to start.

                                    Yes, you can add clothing, but you must add pics. It's too much work to imagine the colors when you are jonesing, ponymom.

                                    And what up with buying different colors? Once I had a full wardrobe in barn colors, I swear to God, I thought about changing my color scheme just so I could start over. It would cost thousands.

                                    Don't even get me started with chaps. But please show me your blingy ones. I think DMK can comply. Wait 'til you see those. You have no idea.

                                    But the other part of this mix-n-match thread is about tack you hate or, as DMK posted, tack you like because of it's function.

                                    More, more!
                                    The armchair saddler
                                    Politically Pro-Cat

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                                    • #19
                                      I have a beautiful older Jimmy's figure 8 fancy stitched bridle that he made by hand for my jumper. The leather is so soft and the stitching is beautiful. It has his old fancy stitch pattern. I will post a picture of it when I can. I use it everyday and the quality is great. Jimmy's older bridles were works of art IMO

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                                      • #20
                                        Love my RGI custom waffle weave sheet... which fits none of my horses and given my propensity for buying big horses-- may never fit anyone again. It's hard to see but it has double piping in dove gray and lilac...

                                        http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...rningShane.jpg

                                        And while we're on a purple and gray theme... I have never met a hunt coat I like more than this badboy... gets compliments EVERYWHERE I go. I even have the coat for sale and I am puzzled that no one is snatching it up, it's the prettiest coat...

                                        http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...t=DSC_0153.jpg
                                        ~Veronica
                                        "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                                        http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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