|Gretchen, Lora, and Deb admire their purchases|
The Bad Cowgirls--Lora, Deb, Gretchen, and I--got together to make browbands. The craft making session was preceded by another adventure--Goodwill Hunting--in a search for suitable belts. Of course other treasures were found during this expedition. Thrift stores are an excellent source of barn clothes. No matter what color of barn clothes I wear, they all eventually turn green from Blessi snuggling and snorting.
|Gretchen makes a template|
|Do you think the belt on my forehead gives me a |
Viking princess look or is it the wine?
- Select a belt that suits the shape of your horse's head. I selected a sparkly blue, pink narrow band for my instructor's Arab Skye.
- Consider your horse's personality. Deb selected a beautiful black belt with blue dragons for Abner, her handsome, large, black Tennessee Walker. (And her husband likes dragons so it is a win-win.)
- Look for a color that will compliment the color of your horse. Gretchen used a sparkly silver, rose, dark blue floral design with silver beaded edges that is going to pop on her gray horse Flynn.
- Choose a belt with a design that can be centered. Some belts have designs or studding positioned so that you cannot get enough of the design centered in the brow band.
- Don't use belts with studs or grommets that extend on the underside of the belt--they can irritate the horse. If you really love the design, you would have to line the belt.
- Be careful with any belts that have beading or braiding that might fray when you cut it. This type of decoration may unravel over time.
|The tools and finished browbands|
For detailed directions on making your own browbands, check out the following Blessiblog posting.