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Coming Soon to Shadowforge: Hoof Mitts
An update to: 19 JAN: Working on Hoof Mitts
I have finished the prototype (Mk2) hooves. I decided to change from a padded mitt to a covering strap due to lack of a leather rated sewing machine.
The current design:
Hoof wall and sole are made of heavy leather (~10oz) and are stitched together with waxed linen thread. It is shoed with a St Croix Forge steel horseshoe (Lite Rim size 0) and Capewell nails. The inside has a padded suede base. The suede pastern and cuff loops are attached with brass chicago screws (with blue LOCTITE).
The cuff is 1.75in wide with a center bar roller buckle. The cuffs should fit wrists up to 8.5″ around. A heavy-gauge D-ring provides a point of attachment.
Shonw here are Bone colored hoofs with chestnut pasterns and black cuffs.
Production options include (depending on what my leather suppler has available at the time):
- Hoof Colors Options: Black, Brown, or Bone (pinkish, seen above)
- Pastern Color Options: Black, Brown, Chestnut, Tan, Grey Suede
- Cuff Color Option: Black, Brown, and Natural Color.
Custom modifications may be possible depending on material availability.
Field Expedient Bit & Bridle
Awhile ago i came across The Veterinarian’s artwork. i have always like his imagery. (Veterinarian on deviantart)
Recently, my Trainer and i decided to try out the “Easy Ponygirl Bitgag“. Looking around the house, i found some paracord and a 3/8” wood dowel. It took me longer to whittle the notches in the wood (about 10 minutes) than it took to tie the harness. I opted for using keyrings instead of knot loops.
The bit is held tightly in the mouth. The bridle stays securely on the head, even through a fair amount head shaking.
My Trainer liked the idea of a bridle that could be get wet, dirty and be easily cleaned, so she challenged me to make a sturdier version. i came up with this:
Yay, colours; though i still like OD green for when i have to be a tactical pony.
Shadowforge is Open for Business.
Shadowforge Farrier & Tack Supply* is open for business.
The goal of my store is to sell ponyplay gear that i create.
Right now, i am selling Braided Cord Bridles. i decided to make these bridles to sell to people that want low-priced custom ponyplay tack.
In the future i hope to offer other specialty items like hoof mitts and boots (hopefully).