Every finished TSII saddle gets its own photo shoot, usually on the railing of the deck, if it's not winter.
What's different about this set, that I haven't done before? How does one distinguish one's four-hundred-and-fifty-second saddle? Off the cuff, it's the blanket. I haven't allowed myself to make one of my cross stitches before solely for a customer. They take too much time.
Another noteworthy aspect of this set is the bit. I made it from a pair of corner plates that match the saddle's corner plates. This is contrary to our normal practice of making bits from scratch... but I wanted to save time and effort (always worth pursuing) and it just seemed the right thing to do. Yet more memorable aspects are the interior construction with the Fimo in the pommel (finally I'm comfortable with this), and the terrific rawhide oxbow stirrups, truly my best so far. Doesn't mean I won't make better ones in the future!
This horse's dapples are the result of mold damage, in case you're wondering.
On a red appaloosa, TSII #452 is almost psychedelic.
Here's a non-red ISH: