- 1 Leather hole punch ($8, though I could have looked for one at the barn).
- Chicago screws (I bought 2 bags of different sizes, each for $4).
- Old stirrup leather.
- Heavy duty scissor (I used an old cooking shear).
|Old stirrups…not just for jump straps anymore!|
- Clean, condition, and cut leather.
- Punch the holes.
- Use Chicago screws to secure the leather together.
|Repaired cheek piece|
Basically, I took a short piece of leather and wrapped around the cheek-piece, through the noseband ring, and secured it back onto the cheek-piece from both sides using the screw.
|Fully functional buckle piece|
|Broken buckle piece|
|Replacement buckle piece from old stirrup leather!|
An 8″ long piece of leather is bent into an S shape, with one end looping around the halter’s side O-ring, and the other end attached to the buckle, then bent into a full 8 shape and secured with one Chicago screw. On the right hand side of this picture, you can see I used the hole-puncher to make a gap in the middle of the leather. The buckle’s tongue sticks through here so it can move open and closed.