Monday, May 15, 2017

Bridle and Bow Quiver

This post is for the awesomesauce, all.things.mounted.archery.leather.lady, Mary Anne of Knavish Designs.

Bridle for Mounted Archery




  • black leather, I imagine the bridle to be fairly stiff so the cutout doesn't get floppy
  • silver hardware
  • chicago screw to bit
  • buckle noseband
  • buckle at poll instead of side arrow looking things
  • silver paint used minimally but to make the cutout details stand out against his black hair
  • black matching reins with chicago screws at bit attach with buckle at wither - soft drape reins



  • corner of mouth to corner of mouth, over poll 46"
  • cheekbone edge to cheekbone edge, over poll 33.25"
  • nose band location with mouth closed 23.5"

    Wearing Bridle

    • bit ring edge to bit ring edge, over poll 39"
    • noseband inside measure, buckled 24"
    • bit ring width 3.125"  (70mm rings as listed per manufacturer)
    • 60" length reins, I knot them around 41.5" to attached to saddle via leather strap

    Bow Quiver



    • black leather
    • silver hardware
    • painted horse/arrow scroll work to coordinate with arrow quiver
    • 3 point harness to wear across back, comfortable in sports bra (photos coming)
    • must clear arrows in thigh arrow quiver, saddle cantle and horse's back (photos coming)
    • buckle attachments, no clips


    Photos are labeled with the location from the diagram as well as the measurement. Measurement listed as text is more accurate than what the measure tape shows depending on the angle I took photo.

    Bow arm width: 1.125" or 1 1/8".

    Measurements for the straps.

    Back Shot

    I think I would like the quiver to sit mid to lower back. This way the bow doesn't stick up WAY above my head and bounce. I definitely feel I have the room for mid or lower back. I'd like to get the bow as low as possible. I didn't have any issue coming in contact with the arrows. It was most natural for me to put the bow into the quiver in this position, string up. 

    Photo References

    Alibow Tartar, stock photo of my horsebow

    My Tartar bow and carbon arrows

    Sam, my horse in dressage and hunter cob sized bridles

    Herm Sprenger KK Ultra Sensogan Loose Ring, bit to be used, as pictured in dressage bridle

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Happy Everything... I got a new trailer!!

    For my 40th birthday (2 mo ago), Christmas this year and 20th wedding anniversary (in 13 days), my hubbie bought me a brand new, must last me forever, trailer of my choice :D

    It's a Trails West Sierra Select. Two horse, bumper pull, giant tack room, swing out saddle rack, triple layer insulated aluminum walls/ceiling with steel frame, LED lights everywhere, 7" wide, 7'6" tall, etc.

    Ah yes, we horse folk get excited about the box our horse will crap in and probably kick the walls :)

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    2014 Goals in Review

    The year is complete and here's how this year's goals stacked up, excuses and all. :)

    1. Post the trot for 5 minutes, walk break, post for 5 more minutes - I honestly don't know because I haven't tried to do it. I certainly haven't trained specifically for it, which was the intended format. So I guess it's technically a fail.
    2. Reliable left to right flying change - ACCOMPLISHED over summer, and we have 100%
    3. School a course of all 2’6” jumps - ACCOMPLISHED Aug 2. I jumped my PR that day and all the jumps were at least 2'3", if not all 2'6" and up. I feel the average of the jumps factors in, lol.
      • Show locally, hunters 2’6” - Because I didn't show all year until Oct, I didn't move up to 2'6" yet. So this will have to be slated for next year AGAIN. Hopefully I will have funding.
    4. Jump 24” bareback - ACCOMPLISHED over summer
      • Jump 24” bareback and bridle-less, neck rope ok - I did jump bridle-less, but I believe it was a little X. I found out that Sam goes wherever he wants when bridle-less, so we've been working on seat/leg only while warming up - with loose rein as backup. I feel this is a goal we can easily get this coming year. We just weren't ready.
    5. Weigh-in at 155 pounds - Not even close. I actually put back on the 10lbs I lost late the year before. :(   I am starting a new program next week, an actual program, so not only will this goal be on my list next year, I seek to make it even smaller. My normal, pre-children/old age weight was 135.

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Red Ryders Day

    At my barn we have Red Ryder's day. In the spirit of the comic strip that had a 20 year run.
    Cookies and sweets are provided in our hospitality area.

    And people ride in all their holiday garb, with some of us subjecting our mounts to festive attire.

    Sam totally doesn't mind wearing the antlers
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all ye with mighty steeds. Hug a loved one and go for a ride.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    December's 10 Questions

    1. What size horse do you prefer to ride?
    Cutest reindeer EVER!
    15.2 to 16.1hh

    2. Do you school in tall boots or half chaps and paddock boots?
    half chaps and paddock boots

    3. What do you do with your ribbons after shows?
    Write the classes and placings on the backs, fold the tails up under the rosette and put them in their placings jars.

    4. Do you ride/board at a large show barn or a small private barn?
    Large private barn with about 34 horses. Some of us show, but it's pretty independent.

    5. Have you seen a horse give birth?
    Nope, but I've seen a 1 day old.

    6. What is your favorite breed?
    AHHHHHHHH. Such a hard question. Probably easier to list what I don't like. I'm drawn to appys.

    7. Favorite tack brand?
    Also a hard question. I'm more a specific piece of tack brand lover. I guess I'll have to go with ADT, but I wish their variety wasn't so limited.

    8. Would you ever buy used tack?
    Yes, but I've only purchased used saddles.

     9. Ever been on a carriage ride?

    10. How often do you go to the tack store?
    Hardly ever. There's only 2 in the area and only 1 is really viable. I visit online tack stores at least once every few days ;)

    Thursday, November 27, 2014


    I'm thankful for this guy

    who lets me keep this guy at a super awesome barn

    and supports me jumping over sticks, going to shows and nursing my bruises.

    Thanks and love to my husband for making it possible to have this guy, 
    even while I'm unemployed (again) because I don't know what I'd do without this special horse
    that I'm super thankful for and lucky to have.

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving everyone!