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TOOLS YOU WILL NEED - Ballpeen Hammer, Wire Cutters (Metal Nips), a Hard Surface on which to hammer, an Awl, Masking Tape, Nameplate, Patience.

TOOLS THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER - Rivet Set, Leather Punch, Hobbyists Anvil.

The first thing to do is remove the Nameplate(s) and attaching hardware from the package - being careful not to lose anything. Next, match the plates with what they will be attached to: saddles, bridles, halters, etc. Now look at your attaching hardware. You should have some brass Escutcheon Pins (those things that look like round-headed nails) and, if the plate is for anything other than a saddle, some Copper Burrs (those things that look like small washers). Take some time to familiarize yourself with these items.

Please Note - we use Escutcheon Pins and Burrs because they are the correct hardware for attaching plates to equipment. Screws, bolts, split rivets (the bend over the back type), and quick rivets (the hammer together type) were not designed for attaching Nameplates to tack. We have heard too many horror stories about those types of hardware failing and blinding horses, gashing horses or people, and just too frequently coming off. Have patience and try it our way, it doesn't take much longer to do it correctly and the Nameplates will then stay safely and securely on your equipment. So, take a little of whatever you use to relax and dive in, it only looks difficult.

HALTERS - These use the heavy Pins that are 3/4" long (or longer) and the Copper Burrs. If you have a Rivet Set, you WILL use the burrs that you are going to swear will not fit onto the pins. If you do not have a Rivet Set, the Burrs you use should slide easily onto the Pins.

STEP ONE - Place the plate where you want it to go and mark where the holes will be with the Awl. Put the plate aside.

STEP TWO - If you have a leather Punch, use the smallest punch and punch a hold through the leather. If you don't have a Leather Punch, or if you are attaching the plate to a nylon halter (yes, it can be done), use the Awl and the Hammer and make a hold STRAIGHT through the leather or nylon.

STEP THREE - Line up the plate with the holes and then hammer the Pins through the plate and whatever you are attaching it to. The Pins should have to be hammered through the plate, they should not slide through the holes. The tighter the Pins are in the holes, the easier it is to attach the plate. Next, take a piece of Masking Tape and completely cover the plate and the pin heads.

STEP FOUR - Turn the leather (or nylon) over so that the pointed ends of the Pins are sticking up. Now is when you need the hard surface (like a block of scrap hardwood) to hammer on, or the Hobbyists Anvil. If you don't have a Rivet Set, proceed to Step Five. If you have a Rivet Set, proceed to Step Six.

STEP FIVE - Place the Plate face down on the Anvil, or whatever Hard Surface you're working on. Take a small Copper Burr and place it over the end of the Escutcheon Pin. Take a Piece of Masking tape and force it down over the Pins to hold the Burrs in place. Proceed to Step Seven.

STEP SIX - Place the Plate face down on the Anvil, or whatever Hard Surface you're working on. Take a small Copper Burr and place it over the end of the Escutcheon Pin (remember, it should not slide down onto the pin). Now take the Rivet Set and place the hole in the end of the Rivet Set over the Burr and the Escutcheon Pin. Now take the Hammer and hit the other end of the Rivet Set until the Burr is tight against the leather (or nylon). Repeat for other Pin.

STEP SEVEN - Take the Wire Cutters (Metal Nips) and clip off the excess Pin as close to the Burr as possible.

STEP EIGHT - Use the round end of the Ballpeen Hammer and flatten out the remaining bit of the Pin. It will spread out across the Burr a bit. Be sure to flatten the edges with the Hammer as they could be sharp. You can check this by CAREFULLY running your finger across the back. Keep hammering until the cut end of the Pin is smooth. Repeat for the other Pin.

STEP NINE - Remove the tape from the front (and back) of the plate.

STEP TEN - Admire your work.

If you the steps above are too complicated or you do not have the tools mentioned, please contact your local tack shop or shoe cobbler and see if they offer attaching services - most do!