I was bored this evening so I decided to take a few pics of the new ponyz in some tack! Now, because excuse the fact that nothing is really in place and that there is only 1 western rein and that the english reins are crazy, I realized as I was tacking them up that I didn't have any sticky-wax. A fun little thing that I noticed while tacking up the horses was that several of my reins are either broken or missing. Which is really not cool! Hopefully I can get them fixed/replaced. Otherwise my performance show might go right out the window....
Several months ago, I started pasteling a horse. I have never really finished a pasteled horse before, much less done one that I even thought about finishing, but I think that it going to change. I found this horse in the bottom of a drawer, partcially finished and decided to put some more work on him. I was trying to pastel a dapple rose grey. He still needs some work and I have to finish the other side, but this is what he looks like. His dapples are a little big, but I think that I have found a solution for that. I will let you know how it goes. I really hope this horse turns out well. I have decided that I am going to keep practicing dapple greys and maybe in the future, I call do them and they actually sell them. No really, I would sell them, not say I am going to sell them and then never list them.
A week from Saturday is our next IHSA Hunt Seat show. I am getting super excited for it because we have several new riders on our team. There will be a total of 6 riders representing RCTC at the next show, which is almost DOUBLE what we had at the last show. I will be riding in my normal classes, Novice Over Fences and Novice on the Flat. One of our new riders will be riding in Novice as well, but she will not be jumping. I think that thing that I am most excited for is dinner Saturday night. On the Saturday night of a show, we always go out to dinner. And this time we will be going to my favorite place ever! It's an Italian place in WI and they make the best food ever!!!! On Tuesday we got assigned our project horses for Hunt Seat II. I got a horse named Donald. I really like him, I have ridden him many times before and he jumps rather well for a school horse. His biggest problem, he doesn't come onto the bit very easily. Today i had my second ride focusing on that and it didn't o as well as I would have liked. Tuesday he did really well with it, today he mostly just kept thinking of ways to get around it. We also worked on some jumping as a class, we had to get 3 extended strides in a line that was set up for a comfortable 4. It was really fun because I actually got Donald to do it (he is 16.2 so it wasn't super hard) but it was still a
On the model horse front, I still haven't come up with names for the 4 new horses. The 2 that just got finished will be here Saturday, which is perfect because I don't have to work and I can size up tack and think of what classes they will be. I will post a few pics of them in tack when they get here. I now have a total of 23 horses going to this show, 2 more and I am at the limit! I have never had that happen before nor did I think that I would ever get close!
On another model horse topic, I have been thinking about getting a new resin. The resin is called The Babysitter, it is a large Sm standing horse with his head slightly turned. He was designed to be a Tb or something along those lines, but after seeing him with a couple different paint jobs, including a Pinto pattern, he could pass for just about any typical breed. I really want him, but I don't really have the money to get him. But if I win the lottery, after paying off my student loans, getting a new car and getting a better place to live...I will be getting him!
The 2 horses that were out being painted are finished!! I just love them both! I repositioned the head/neck and put a new tail on the chestnut. I am hoping that these 2 will be my performance horses at the All performance show in a couple months. Let me know what you think!
Well, the new semester is off to a good start. I have finally remembered where all of my classes are and what times I have them. I really love my classes, except Math, but nobody really likes math. Biology is challenging, which I like and Speech is nerve wrecking because everyday we have class, my professor calls on 5 students to come to the front and give a 2-3 min speech about something of her choice. As always, I LOVE my equine classes. I have Hunt Seat II twice a week, which is great because I am using it as extra practice for IHSA and I have Equine Anatomy one day a week. Learning all the bones and major muscles is going to help my sculpting in the future because now I will finally know where they all are!
On the model horsey front, I am still getting ready for the Live show in March. I know, its still 55 days away, but this show is very important for me. I will be showing several horses that I painted myself AND the horse that I resculpted will be showing at this show. I am also preparing for the show after that, which is an all performance show. I have decided that I will be bringing 2 horses, one for english and one for western. The english horse will be the one that I resculpted and I still haven't picked a western horse. I am thinking about using one of my Sheza Lil Pebble resins, but I am not 100% sure yet.
I have also run into a pickle of sorts. I just can't seem to find names for my newest horses! I have 4 of them that need names and I have 3 pages of names that I like, but none of them fit any of the horses that need names! Normally I can find a name for a horse within a few days of getting the horse, but I have had a horse for 2 months and still no name. And now that I have the 3 freshly painted horses to name, I am getting a little frustrated. Anyone have any ideas? I have 2 horses that need "westerny" names and one horse that needs a classier name. Something that would be good for English and western. Here are some pics of the 2 "westerny" horses. I will post pics of the other 2 horses when I get them.
Well, the horse that I started yesterday is finished with his sculpting and is ready to go get painted. I am having him sent to the same wonderful lady that painted my newest AR, who isnt in my hands yet, due to mail being held.
When I fist started working on this horse, I wanted him to be an all-round horse, something that could compete in Western and English. So I decided that he would have a short, trimmed mane that could work for both. But that just didn't look right on him, so I decided to put braids on him! I braided the tiniest braid I have ever done, cut and glued it into tiny little braids. The detail on them will most likely be covered when he gets primed, but they will still have their shape, so he will still look really cute.
I think this is the best horse I have even done. His neck is the correct length, thickness and he has some muscling in the right places ;) He leaves Tuesday with another horse to be painted. Know I have to think of a good name for him!
The last few days have been more then busy for me. Between getting ready for the Spring Semester at school, working at the barn and getting Dante back into shape for the summer, I haven't really had time to sit down! But as usual, things have been happening in the model horse world too.
In my last post, I mentioned a group that is starting a series of small shows in my area. Which is super exciting since there hasn't been a show in this state since 2008. I contacted the host of the potential first show and mentioned that I would be interested in showing, if there was space. She emailed me a couple days ago and said that I was in! I will be attending an all halter show in March. I will be bringing almost 25 horses of my own to the show. I am so excited for this show. The next show after this first one will be an all performance show, which I will be going to. It will be my first time showing performance and I will only be able to bring one horse since I only have one set of english and one western set. So I have started the rather difficult task of deciding which horse. I have been going back and forth between havin 1 horse do everything, or 2 horses. 1 horse in Western and 1 horse in english. Which would be nice but, I am having a hard time even choosing 1 horse!
So this morning I decided that I was going to try and make a horse. I played around with several horses all day, then around 6pm, I thought of my perfect horse. I took the WEG Driving horse, gave him a new tail and lowered his head and neck. He is still a WIP, but he is really coming along. I am going to finish his neck tomorrow and give him a mane depending on what I think he will work the best in, english or western. I haven't decided what color he is going to be, but I have already decided that he is going to have 4 high white socks and a little white on his face. Let me know what you think of him!
Things have been super busy around here the last couple weeks. A little while ago, i got 2 unpainted resins. I sent one of them to be painted and I just got pictures of the completed horse this morning. I am in love with this horse. I haven't picked a name for him, but hopefully I will have one soon. This horses was finished at the perfect time too! There are a group of people that are going to be hosting small Live Shows in MN! There are going to be 4 or 5 of them. They are only allowing a really small number of people, so I not 100% sure if I will "get in" to any of these shows, but it's still really exciting.
Here are a few pics of the horse from the painter!
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