Horse Bling History
 By Winniefield Park   •   12th Mar 2019   •   214 views   •   0 comments
Last summer, near a seaside resort in Bulgaria, archaeologists found a burial mound that contained 40 pieces of harness decoration. They are estimated to have been buried there in 333-250 BC. The pieces included round motifs similar to horse brasses and bridle rosettes. This was a very significant cache of horse bling.

Humans have been decorating horse gear for a long time. Early saddle cloths featured woven designs and fringes. Some of the oldest archaeological sites have artifacts that could easily have been used to decorate harness and bridles. And we’re still decorating today, using colorful fabrics, shining metals and real or faux gemstones to bling out our horses.

Horse Brasses
Horse brasses are pendants made of brass that are used to decorate horse harnesses. They became very popular during the Victorian era and are considered collectible. Brasses have some sort of design on one side and are flat on the other so that they lay flat. Some designs are purely decorative or may depict flowers, wildlife, animals, or just about any other subject. They are sometimes cast to commemorate events or places. While they have no real function, superstition held that a decorated harness held off the ‘evil eye’.

While you might see them on light horse harness, you’re more likely to see them on draft horses. Even a simple working harness might have a few brasses to dress it up, and show harnesses will have even more. Brasses might be mounted singly, right on the harness, or the harness might include leather panels and straps that hang over the shoulders, barrel or haunches of the horse, holding multiple brasses. Smaller brasses might be hung down the horse’s forehead. There are still competitions for decorated harnesses, and brasses are a big part of the bling, along with studs, fur, chains, colorful braids, feathered toppers and flowers.

The shanks and rings of bits are obvious places for bling. A a western show snaffle might have decorated rings, and embellishments within the rings. The shanks on curb bits might be decorated with engraving, contrasting inside metals and other embellishments. These bits might only be used in shows or parades since they need a bit of maintenance to keep the shine.

Bridle Rosettes
Bridle rosettes were once in style, and they are not the type of rosettes that you win. Bridle rosettes may also be called buttons. They are about an 1.5 inches in diameter, usually circular and have a slot on the back so they can be attached to the bridle where the headstall holds the browband. The simplest ones are plain metal—usually brass. But there are much fancier ones to.

Antique rosettes often feature a picture set in a brass circle and covered with rounded glass. Sometimes the picture was embedded in the glass, giving a sort of 3-D look. Others may be cast in elaborate designs in relief on the surface of the disk. They weren’t purely decorative as they did hold the browband in place on the headstall. Today, you might see rossettes made of ribbon alongside browbands decorated in woven ribbon. Or they may be engraved brass, silver or other metal.

Decorated browband come and go in style. There are many styles, including very elaborate jewelled bands that cover the horse’s forehead, or more subtle styles that feature a pretty strip down the middle of a regular browband. There are bands decorated in crystals and of course, ones covered in braided and woven ribbon. Both riding and driving horses may have decorated browbands, but you need to pay attention to the rules of the discipline you are competing in to learn whether they are allowed.

Some western bridles may feature silver or gold fittings along the cheek pieces of a head stall, or on the reins. And Baroque style horses may wear elaborately decorated bridles with colorful tassels, leather inlays, beads, and other bling.
Horse News More PB Articles About:  Bling,
Horse News More In This Category:  Equine History and Culture      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 Related Horse News
Add Some Bling to Your Horse
21st Oct 2017   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
Most of us don’t have masses of diamonds twinkling on our fingers, especially when we ride. After all, who wants to accidentally pull a rock off by catching it in our horse’s mane? But, it is possible to add some bling to our ride ...
Horse Bling History
12th Mar 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
Last summer, near a seaside resort in Bulgaria, archaeologists found a burial mound that contained 40 pieces of harness decoration. They are estimated to have been buried there in 333-250 BC. The pieces included round motifs simil ...
  View More PonyBox Related Horse Articles
 More News by Winniefield Park
Horse Side Vet Guide App
16th Jul 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
Horse Side Vet Guide was created so that you’d have important information at your fingertips no matter where you are - whether you have cell signal or wifi or not. Much of the content, concerning situations that are most likely to ...
The Columbus Mounted Police Unit
14th Jul 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
If you’ve ever wondered how mounted police units desensitize their horses to working around crowds in stressful situations, the Columbus Mounted Police unit provides a glimpse into their training process. ...
Horse Manure Turned Into Beer
13th Jul 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
At a meeting in Germany, scientists are looking for ways to monetize carbon dioxide emissions. And horse manure has been part of the discussion. Dried manure has been used as a fuel for centuries. And methane gas made from manure ...
Horse Health Tracker
6th Jul 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
There are many equine health apps out there and it’s hard to choose one that will suit your particular situation. Horse Health Tracker from the folks at Equine Guelph is an app for Android or iPhone that helps you keep records of ...
Tampa Bay Beach Horse Ride Mess
5th Jul 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
Manure is also in the news along beaches in Florida. Horseback riders in the Tampa Bay area are being accused of fouling the water and destroying the natural beach habitat. Both private horse owners and tourist operations offering ...
Horse Farriers in Ethiopia
4th Jul 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
Car tires, wood nails, knives and mallets. These are the tools used by farriers in Ethiopia for shoeing the horses and donkeys that are essential to their owners’ livelihoods. ...
Horse Band Member with Andrew Haung
30th Jun 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
Does your horse play the guitar, drums or flute? Andrew Haung might be interested in hearing it play. Haung is a musician and Youtube video producer who loves to find music in unexpected places. He is internet famous for his music ...
Equine Autism and Depression Therapy
23rd Jun 2019   |   Equine History and Culture   |   Winniefield Park
With an awareness of what it takes to stay mentally health and recover from mental issues comes many, what seem like, novel approaches to treatments. One treatment is equine therapy designed to help those dealing with mental healt ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
©2002 - 2019   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
436 Members Online 248,108 Registered Members 2,590 News Articles 10,894,359 Unique News Article Views 251,901,182 Website Views