KH2B stands for King's Herd's the second, B -- not "B" for second-finished (although it was completed well after my NaMoTackMo piece, KH2J) -- but "B" for "Brasenose." In referring to these two new hackamores, I fell back on initials (Rio Rondo inspired no doubt) and my own practice of naming the piece after the horse it is most identified with. This happens whether I built it off that model or whether that model fell in love with it and insisted on wearing it the most. (You know they do this.) "J" stands for Jezail/Kaalee.
Braymere Saddlery. He gives his name to this hackamore, but that does not mean it fits him perfectly.
(By the way he just invented this lay-down wood-background shot, which I wish I'd thought of earlier.)
This hackamore has character! It was relatively simple to design buttons for the cheek - I took my cue from the red, and dk brown & rawhide will always be in style - and the silver beads are Hill Tribes. The curbstrap's tassel is dewaxed sinew, a trick I learned from Regine N. of Germany. The glory of that beautiful braided-sinew curbstrap -- the most adjustable I've ever made, an inspired design that came to me out of nowhere -- is somewhat offset by the fixed length of the nosepiece. In most of these pix the curb is on the 'middle' setting, and most muzzles are accommodated just fine. But take a look:
This is a good piece for, shall we say, Not-Giant model horses?!
While we're on the subject of that curb, here's a close-up of the adjustment process. (Another shot is in the previous post.)
The beautiful headstall, with its fixed silver crownstrap-tip and its easy-sliding buckle (a cast Rio Rondo which I had nickel-plated), contains a rather unusual One-Ear slit. Originally this was intended as a braided version of the lace headstall of the old King's Herd's hackamore. I did try to make all 3 hackamores the same size! But that slit wound up starting quite high on the head. It appears to fit only the ears of the longest, largest heads. Here's Victrix looking uncomfy:
The KH2B manages to fit her, but only if you feel like racing, --- crouching low over her withers and leaning way forward!! In other words the reins really are almost too short for so large a horse. Again, they were made to exactly match the original old hackamore which I swear fit every horse in my herd. I guess the average Trad was smaller back then.
Bottom line? The best model for this hackamore appears to me to be the ISH and its brothers-in-size, such as the Lonesome Glory.
This piece represents what I could put out between NaMoTackMo and our 2-month (May, June) summer sojourn to Colorado, during which not much could be made. YES, it is for sale (auction). I need to choose a method and am open to suggestions.
BENEFIT AUCTION AT BREYERFEST!!
We have been making model horse tack since 1979 with the goal of striking the perfect balance between detailed authenticity and durable working playability. There is a happy medium!
Left to right: King's Herd's Hackamore c. 1984, KH2J 2018, KH2B 2018.
I hope to have more pieces for sale later in the year. I still have hopes of working on my braid book, with attendant pieces; I also want to re-create the bosal hack & hobbles set I saw on the trail this summer. In addition there are a couple of saddles in the pipeline. Announcements will be here and via FaceBoook under Timaru Star II Model Tack. See also our own Tack Sales Info page on our website. Timaru Star II.
Happy Bidding and Thank You!