Steve75

Steer Show Halter Pattern

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Steve75   

My niece is showing cattle for 4H.  I have been searching in vein for a pattern to make her a halter.  Tandy has a pattern pack but its for horses.  Anyone know where I might be able to find a pattern to make one?  Below is a picture of what I am talking about.  Any help is appreciated.

 

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Ferg   

I use photos of product, mostly old, to get an idea of how things are made. I then do some measuring of the subject, make a heavy paper prototype and go from there.

Ferg

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rejerome   

Like Ferg, I use photos.  I have some photos with a ruler next to the parts that I'd be happy to send to you.

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There probably aren't many patterns out there but to get the size put a rope halter on and position it where you want then stick tape on the length of the nose and the head strap then make an allowance for the rings ,ie use the radius of the ring not diameter. If doing the rolled halter then add enough leather to the ends of the nose so it will fold around the ring and allow about 1 inch for stitching and another inch feathered down to nothing to tuck in the start of the rounding, repeat at other end. The width would depend on the size of the animal so for a cow 1 inch or more but for a calf proportionally narrower. On the head strap do this to the ends of the strap (work it out on paper) then add around 2 1/2" to the allow for the buckle return and feed into the rounding after deciding the position of the buckle, for the point strap add 2" +the space you  want the holes to be apart eg 3/4" between holes add 11/2" to give you the centre hole, if measured accurately can reduce to 3 holes to shorten the point end but this can limit the animals it can be used on. I assume from the style it is a dairy heifer as this style is not strong enough for beef animals. I hope this helps.

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Steve75   
3 hours ago, rejerome said:

Like Ferg, I use photos.  I have some photos with a ruler next to the parts that I'd be happy to send to you.

Rex

Rex,

Thanks, that would be great.  

4 hours ago, Ferg said:

I use photos of product, mostly old, to get an idea of how things are made. I then do some measuring of the subject, make a heavy paper prototype and go from there.

Ferg

Ferg,

Thanks, for the advice.  The photos will be a great source for ideas on hardware to use in building the halter.

4 hours ago, fivewayswelshcobs said:

There probably aren't many patterns out there but to get the size put a rope halter on and position it where you want then stick tape on the length of the nose and the head strap then make an allowance for the rings ,ie use the radius of the ring not diameter. If doing the rolled halter then add enough leather to the ends of the nose so it will fold around the ring and allow about 1 inch for stitching and another inch feathered down to nothing to tuck in the start of the rounding, repeat at other end. The width would depend on the size of the animal so for a cow 1 inch or more but for a calf proportionally narrower. On the head strap do this to the ends of the strap (work it out on paper) then add around 2 1/2" to the allow for the buckle return and feed into the rounding after deciding the position of the buckle, for the point strap add 2" +the space you  want the holes to be apart eg 3/4" between holes add 11/2" to give you the centre hole, if measured accurately can reduce to 3 holes to shorten the point end but this can limit the animals it can be used on. I assume from the style it is a dairy heifer as this style is not strong enough for beef animals. I hope this helps.

fivewayswelshcobs,

Thank you for sharing the measurements and advice on construction. 

 

I enjoy  visiting this website as I am able to get sage advice from experienced leatherworkers.  When I have the halter made I will post pictures of it.  Thanks again for your advice guys. 

Steve

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