Tiny Model Horse Tack So Amazing You’ll Think It’s The Real Thing

BY LAUREN MAULDIN

Confession time. I am obsessed with all things miniature. If something is smaller than its intended size, I’m totally here for it. Of course, this interest grows exponentially when you show me itty bitty horse things. Specifically, model horse things.

Full disclosure, I used to be pretty deeply enthralled with the model horse hobby. For those of you unaware, there’s a lot more to those Breyer horses you loved as a kid. All over the world hobbyists create and collect model horses that are more like fine art sculptures than they are toys. Some take their model horses to “live shows” or hobby competitions, where they compete against each other in a model horse version of halter classes. There’s also a division called performance, where the goal is to create a scene with your model horse as realistic as possible from the real horse world. For me, performance is where things get magical. 

I mean, check out these setups from the most recent North American National Model Horse Show, held in Lexington, Kentucky in July of 2018. 

Photo courtesy of Teresa Buzzell
Photo courtesy of Teresa Buzzell
Photo courtesy of Teresa Buzzell
Photo courtesy of Teresa Buzzell
Photo by Christie Richardson. Originally published at Braymere Custom Saddlery
Photo by Christie Richardson. Originally published at Braymere Custom Saddlery
Reserve Champion Over Fences, Pictures at Eleven owned by Kate Dwyer. Photo by Christie Richardson. Originally published at Braymere Custom Saddlery
Champion Over Fences, Burnin The Midnight Oil owned by Kelli Konecny. Photo by Christie Richardson. Originally published at Braymere Custom Saddlery

Each entry is the culmination of hours of extreme detail work from a variety of talented hobbyists. Someone sculpted the model, painted it by hand, came up with the idea for the entry, created the jump or other props involved, cut apart a Breyer riding doll to have “good equitation” and hand sewed him/her an original costume, and made all the itty bitty tack. 

The tack is what I’m most impressed with. These items are “Traditional” scale, or 1:9 real size. They fit the yellow box Breyers you likely see in tack stores, but the detail is hardly anything you can find in a shop!

There are incredibly intricate boots…

Photo by On The Bit Studio
Photo by On The Bit Studio
Photo by JS Custom Tack
Photo by JS Custom Tack

Amazing, fluffy saddle pads…

Photo by On The Bit Studio

Even itty bitty custom fly bonnets!

Photo by On The Bit Studio

The entire artistry comes together for incredible, show stopping tack sets that look like they could belong on any full sized, real horse.

Photo by On The Bit Studio
Photo by On The Bit Studio
Photo by On The Bit Studio
Photo by On The Bit Studio
Photo by On The Bit Studio

I don’t know about you, but this makes me take a second look at the old Breyer horse sitting dusty on my bookshelf!