When you have model horses you may want to equip them with appropriate home-made accessories. When dressing up Schleich model horses, you may naturally wish to start with the tack, such as halters and saddles. Halters in particular require simple household tools and materials that are easy to obtain.
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Things you need
- Yarn, string or thin strips of material
- Beads, charms and/or feathers (optional)
- Needle and thread (optional)
Wrap a piece of string or thin strip of material about 1 or 2 millimetres wide around the horse's face just above the nostrils, and tie the string so that it makes a relatively snug loop around the horse's nose. This is so the loop will not loosely fall off during use of the halter. Measure the loop according to the nose size of the particular Schleich model being fitted for the halter since each horse will have a slightly different size and shape nose. Cut the loose ends so that you are left with a small tied loop.
Make an identical but larger loop by tying the string around the horse's head again but this time further up on his face just behind the ears. Knot it and tie it just as before, and cut off any loose ends.
Place the two loops on the horse's head with the small loop near the mouth just above the nostrils and the big loop above the eyes, nestled against the ears. Tie a piece of string at least 8 inches long to the small loop on one side. Then, tie it again to the larger loop so that there is a line of string extending from the big loop to the small loop straight underneath the eye.
Pull the long piece of string around the back of the horse's ears to the other side of the head. Tie the string to the big loop in the same place where you tied it on the other side. Extend the string underneath the horse's eye as before, and tie to the small loop in the same spot as the other side. Cut the string close to this last knot on the small loop.
Trim any loose threads or string ends. Decorate the halter by tying or sewing on charms, beads or feathers.
Tips and warnings
- While tying/knotting is quick and easy, you can also sew the string or material together in the same pattern for a slightly different look. You can also change the look by experimenting with different strings and materials.
- Make sure you measure the string according to the size and posture of the specific horse model carefully before you tie it on. It will vary with each particular model so try to picture the finished look before you go ahead and tie the knot.
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