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Should You Make Your Own Tack
Original Version printed in JUST ABOUT HORSES, Summer I, 1991
copyright 1991, 1994, 2007 Melody D. Snow

At first glance, making your own tack (or other hobby stuff) sounds like the perfect solution to a tight budget. If you are a talented, experienced crafter and have the tools already, it may be a great idea. However, if you are a complete novice and you want to compete in Open against veteran competitors now, instead of later, it may not be.

Why? There are several reasons. The homemade tack may be poor quality. It may be incorrect. It may just be boring, getting easily overlooked in the today's competitive showring.

To put this another way, how do you know if you should make your own tack instead of purchasing it from an established tackmaker? I've developed the following "questionnaire" to help you decide. Go through the list. If you answer "yes" to the majority of the questions, you should make your own tack. If most of your answers are "no," you would better off buying your tack.

The Unicorn Woman's Worktable with tack-making supplies
So, how did you do? Should you make your own tack?

YES! Take me to the Catalog for KITS or TACK-MAKING SUPPLIES.
NO! Take me to the Catalog or to the Production List for purchased tack.
Article Copyright 1991, 1994 Melody D. Snow

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