Silly rabbit!! Of course a Silver Parade saddle is for Palominos.
The owner requested this saddle, the 101st silver Parade saddle the TSII has ever made, for Zippo Pine Bar. As it happens, I'm currently in love with chestnut leopard Appaloosas, so my Rikki Tavi was a happy coincidence.
Finally we get to see the face ornaments, amoung the last features of the saddle to be figured out, and amoung the hardest to build!! Every saddle has its hard places, and this was one of them.
"New and improved" is not something to be ashamed of in model tack. This is not a business where the product never changes. The best tack pieces have elements of pioneering exploration in them. The tackmaker remembers them because they were successful experiments. The unsuccessful experiments are lessons learned (sometimes costly lessons) and put to use later.
The Gold-Tipped was begun October 17, 2014, and finished 5 months later, on March 31st.
It is the best Silver Parade set I have built so far.
Beginning the Gold-Tipped, Three Strands At Once, TSII #454's Breastcollar, and TSII #454: Base Assembly.
These are exceptionally large, long hip drops. You have seen that on most of the horses above, they do not fit -- not even on Independence. Better to leave them off than squish and warp them and hope the judge doesn't see the obvious --! In a perfect world, I'd've supplied two sets of hip drops, but frankly I'm pooped. A break is needed.
The pommel (shoulders), one of the most pioneering parts of the whole set, will still have its own post, I swear!
And now: the promised Arabian Parade clipping.
|Candy Maynard gave me this magazine clipping|
Strangely, silver saddle sets on Leopard Appaloosas are rare. Here's another clipping I've had for 25 years, featuring about the only leopard-app in Parade I've ever seen.
|"Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses"|
Also, since I absolutely can't help myself given our past adventures, what else! but Rinker!
And on that note,