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Straight From the Horse's Mouth

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Ok...you know who you are. Your garage is so full of horse tack there's no room to park your car. So, come clean and visit Straight from the Horse's Mouth where you'll discover creative ways to transform that tack into cool additions for any decor. 


Don't miss our video segments in Straight from the Horse’s Mouth. They feature creative uses for all the tack you've accumulated and how to turn them into cool home decor items. Basically, this is strictly for all you tack hoarders....


        Hello, my name is Mary and I am a tack hoarder!



Episode 7: 2016 Holiday Edition

               Add a little "Glam" to your Barn .




               Episode 6: 2014 Holiday Equestrian Gift Wrapping

               Creative ideas for equestrian gift wrap.



Episode 5: 2013 Holiday Edition

How to turn those extra spurs, stirrup irons and bits into Holiday Decor.


Intro to "tack hoarders"


Episode 1: How to use old stirrup irons and leathers to make a towel holder



Tack Hoarders...." Time to come out of the Barn! "

Episode 2:  A creative and useful idea of how to turn snaffle bits into decorative holders for your scarves.




Episode 3: How to take those old stirrup irons and turn them into Stirrup Iron Bookends, Mail Organizer and Soap Dish.

The episode featured is fun and very easy to do.  So if you want instant gratification for some of that tack you've been hoarding this is the episode you do not want to miss.


Episode 4: How to take an extra snaffle bit & a braided rein and turn them into a decorative drapery tieback


We just heard from Paula in Oklahoma with some clever ideas for Old Brass Harness Hardware.


I know these look like simple drawer pulls but they are actually from an old harness that had all brass hardware on it. These pieces were used to keep various straps in place. As you can see they are just wide enough for a 2" piece of strap to go through.



Besides these pieces of hardware, there are always lots of 2" rings that you can do tons of stuff with. To stick with brass you will have to find older harnesses. The newer harnesses are silver.  They are still pretty and quite useful but just don't have the character of the brass.

This is how Paula used the brasses for picture hangers:






We went on Ebay and looked for Harness Brasses and found this one.  Not as nice as Paula's ....so it might take a little hunting.... but that's what us Tack Hoarders are known for, right? ....searching for more tack we don't need !!!! Haaaa 



We loved your ideas, Paula!   Thanks for sharing them !!!!




 2/23/12  I just saw this use of old stirrup leathers on a site for Steed Fine Hoarding & Tack Consignment in St. Helena.......wild !!!!




Spur Tiebacks
Are you trying to figure out what to do with all those spurs your friends talked you into buying at the last tack sale? Here’s an idea of what to do with some of them – If the leather spur strap is still in good shape and doesn’t smell like manure (who are we kidding) you can use them as a tie back for your draperies. See photo below.
If your leather spur strap is like most of ours (ewwwww) you can substitute the spur strap with a pretty ribbon that coordinates with the drapery fabric.