95% of the tack orders I get are for hunter or jumper type sets for these guys:
|Breyer G3 Jumper|
|Breyer G3 Cantering WB|
|Breyer G4 Driving|
Which is totally fine. I like these guys. These guys are nice. These guys are my friends. Notice how they all have existent backs, clean bridle paths and their hair do's are nicely sized to accomodate a bridle. They each have their individual "flaws" I've become accustomed to working around; like the Driver's chunky-town legs, the jumper's withers and the Warmblood's forelock (not really a flaw... I love that mold), but for the most part they are fine examples of English performance horses.
Then there's the other 5% of my orders. This consists of Dressage tack, always without fail for this guy...
|Breyer G4 Dressage|
And the odd "specialty" project, like my current Paso set for this guy...
|Breyer G3 Paso|
And past Tennessee Walking Horse sets for this guy.
|Breyer G3 TWH|
Then there's the "normal" set for molds that aren't in the Big Three. Like this guy...
|Breyer G2 WB|
And this guy.
|Breyer G4 Paradressage|
And him, too. (He's like the perfect example of tack friendly. No intrusive mane, nice long back, clean head... sigh...)
|Breyer G3 TB|
You'll notice that these are all Breyers. And I can understand why- Stablemates are cheap, easy to come by and actually really nice little sculptures. The first three horses in this post are excellent performance horses and consistently win at shows. The only real alternative (besides resins, but I'm talking about simpletons like me) is Peter Stone's line of Chips.
They're also great little sculptures, but they tend to get overlooked because honestly in the performance ring Breyer has them beat. They also tend to be more expensive, and the factory paint jobs I have aren't really up to scratch ("Dapples? Nah, I think I'll just fling paint at the horse's side.").
Of course there are exceptions. When given the choice, I will always vote for this pony...
Over this pony.
|Breyer G3 pony.|
They're roughly the same size, but check out the space on the Breyer pony's back, in between the bulky mane and point of hip. (Hint: There's like a centimeter of space there. This pony was not sculpted for a saddle).
Now scroll up and check out the space between the Chip pony's withers and hip. Very nice, right?
The saddle doesn't go all the way to a horse's hip, of course, which further proves why you'd better take a hacksaw to her mane before you think of tacking up the Breyer pony.
The other "exception" Chip:
This guy is actually quite nice as well. Ya know, for a Peter Stone.
And thus concludes my mold rant. Well, my first mold rant. I have another post about Stablemate generations cooking, so get yourself braced to be educated!