Sunday, 30 September 2012


Sometimes you just have to do something a little different....this little snake is part of a performance set up made for a Performance Club member.

This is a little Paddock Pal scale rattle snake. Alright so it's a little out of scale but it is still rather cool :)

Please ignore the rider and pegasus :p

Here he is with the paddock pal horse he is to go with! Scary snake makes him scared...

Grackle Bridles

Today I have entered into much research regarding grackle bridles. This all started when a customer who had ordered a grackle decided to ask for it to have a pelham bit. In my eyes a Pelham wouldn't be used with a grackle so I decided to do some snooping...

What I have discovered is is recommended that you only ever use a pelham with a cavesson noseband and not a grackle or flash although these are seen.

But that is not the interesting discovery. The interesting discovery regards the design of a grackle noseband and what creates a true grackle movement. According to the experts in such things the more usual type of grackle noseband with rings like this one:

Does not create a proper movement. This is because the top band is fixed to rings instead of being able to move freely. Actually originally grackles looked like this:

With the top band running through two loops. This allows it freedom, gives you more control and creates a proper movement.

So yes random post about grackles, I've actually changed the design of my grackle bridle in light of this new information. I am a big one for actually looking into why we use things and why we design them in certain ways. Post of the two different bridles next to each other will be up when I finish the new one! (with or without pelham bit depending upon what the customer wants)