Friday, June 15, 2018

Lizz the Apprentice

Last year, as I started making more and more custom horse halters, my friend Lizz from the barn started helping me out with things in the studio.  Here she is with her Paso "Ticki Ticki": 

She also has a baby goat named Clover:

In January she joined the exclusive "Pony Club" at the barn when she rescued "Pastry"

(Blue Halter by Lizz)

Not many 15-year-olds have three mouths to feed, and Lizz is always eager for work.  Starting with sewing nose bands, she was a sponge for knowledge and eagerly dove in with learning the other aspects of the process. She's worked hard honing her skills carving, painting, and tooling.  A year later, here is a halter she made from start to finish for our friend Hali's horse Blazer:

She also recently made and designed this one for our barn friend Chico:

A few months ago, she embarked on her first model horse tack project.  I'm confident that the result puts most of us tack makers' "first" saddle sets to shame. 

She started with a Rio Rondo pattern as a base, but made it her own, making the bridle and breast collar patterns from scratch.  

This set features things that are found on seasoned tack maker's sets, including:

-Adjustable Swinging Fenders
-Tongue Buckles & Cast Buckles on Headstall
-Hand Carved and Painted Petite Tooling Calfskin
-Custom Iridescent Conchos
-Fringe Breast Collar
-Hand Woven Cinch with D-Rings 

So much attention to detail, I would be proud to use this in my performance setups!

Lizz is offering this set for sale, you can make an offer by emailing me at 

Starting Offer: $150.00


  1. Cute! As her age with that skill and a beginner, I'm very impressed!

  2. I love Lizz's set! It has great detail and I wish I could do such handiwork. Lizz is great at this and she could have a future of a professional tack maker. Awesome Job, Lizz!

  3. Thanks for giving such a great information about horses
    Waoo these hand made's are looking so much amazing
    They should be comfortable for horse
    I'm very crazy about horses.
    keep doing well.
    Golden horse bits

  4. I loved reading your blog post about saddle fitting! It's such an essential aspect of horse tack that is often overlooked. Ill-fitting saddles can cause discomfort, back pain, and even behavioral issues in horses. Your tips on evaluating saddle fit and seeking professional help are spot-on. As responsible equestrians, it's crucial to prioritize our horse's comfort and ensure that their saddles fit them properly. Thank you for spreading awareness about this important topic!