Harold Dawley's Bridle Bit Gallery Dodge KS

Wichita, Kansas - Part 1Dodge City resident Harold Dawley has something in his back yard that you might not expect. A man with passion is driven to strive for his goals. Mr. Dawley’s passions for horses, collection, and trading lead him to gather a beautiful collection of bridle bits, spurs, and other misc. items associated with his beloved horse.

Bill and I dropped by to visit Mr. Dawley and explore his inconspicuous museum.

Barbwire was the first thing Mr. Dawley started collecting nearly forty years ago. The first barbwire was made by hand and was quite expensive; "more barbwire can be made in thirty minutes then could be made in three months," Mr. Dawley explained. He had found an unusual wire, unusual because it was made by the railroad. He hunted for the stuff in a five-mile stretch near his home and used it for trading with other collectors. Mr. Dawley had much success with his railroad wire ‘tell someone in Colorado found a huge amount of his special trading item. Luckily he had already traded it for many other items when his wire became worthless. Still Mr. Dawleys days trading fence wire gave him a reputation and so he switched to collecting bridle bits  .If your in Dodge and your interested in meeting Mr. Dawley ask around town about the Bridle Bit Gallery Museum.

aluminum bridle bits These a where made after WWII because of the lack of steel at the time. Mr. Dawley told us that its "the worst metal you can put in a horses mouth." We also learned that Mr. Dawley "got buggered-up" in WWII. While he healed up for two months, Mr. Dawley was able to learn leather tooling.
42 point rowels These spurs where found in South America. The rowels have 42 points.
mouth guard This bridle bit features a mouth guard which prevented a horse from eating corn while the animal was being used in a field with the crop. Mr. Dawley's father used a horse to farm all his life.
used to deliver medicine This bridle bit was used to deliver medicine directly into a horse mouth. The small can on the side was filled then the bit was put in the  horses mouth. A valve was then opened letting the liquid flow  out of a hole in the hollow bar.