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