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CERTIFICATION CRITERIA FOR
WESTERN BRIDLE MAKER

     Bridle maker includes all bridle, strap goods, and tack items such as breast collars, saddlebags, reins, and halters for western style riding. Bridlemakers should be able to make anything listed here:

     1.     Bridle styles
               One ear, sliding
               Browband
               Shaped ear
               Show
               Retro cowboy
     2.     Breast collar
          .     Roping
               Show
               Wrap around single piece
               Retro style martingale

     3.     Halters
               AQHA show halters and leads
               Arab show halters and leads
               Pony show halters and leads
               Stable halters, leather

     4.     Reins, single thickness or D & S styles
               Split
               Flat romel style

     5.     Saddlebags of all kinds

     6.     Flank cinches: billets and bellybands

     7.     Stirrups: leather covered
               Stitched
               Laced


Small cases for accessories on saddles, such as pliers case or hoof
          pick case

     Repairs on tack items
               Miscellaneous re-stitching
               Fabrication of replacement parts for tack items
     10.     Knowledge base
               Understand how to measure a horses head for bridles and show halters
               Understand how various bits affect bridle fit and usage
               Know how to correctly cut straps for best strength
               Know about hardware associated with tack construction
               Know about leather and leather care
               Know leather terms and usage for straps
               Know about silver and various silver working techniques for trimming show equipment






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