Today I pretty much finished the 2 Appaloosas that I started last week. They just need to be sealed and then they are ready to start their new jobs. 1 of the horses will be joining my show string and the other is going to a new home. I know that the horse will be loved, so I am totally ok with him going to a new home. I'm hoping to get him off tomorrow or the day after. I don't think that either horse is LSQ, but they probably are PSQ. I will be showing one of the horses in photo shows, I might even send him to a live show, just to see how he does. Here are some pics of them. They have stripped hooves, some mottled skin around the muzzle, eyes and in between the back legs and I added some faint pick pastels to eyes, muzzle and other areas that needed it.
I started prepping a traditional scale horse today. I plan on painting him to a leopard appaloosa. I am hoping that I can use it as a prize for my model horse show series. I had some really big, cool ribbons that I bought for it and planned on getting new center streamers for them, but it isn't working. It is actually rather expensive to get a new streamer for nibbons. So I am thinking that I would paint a horse for the champion and maybe paint another one for the reserve champion. I also got some neck sashes for traditional scale hroses that have custom printing on them. They turned out really well. I am thinking about getting more for different awards. I would like to get some nice LSQ tack as a drawing prize. I have a few saddle pads that I might use, but it would be cool to have something nicer then saddle pads. I am getting a ton of new horses that I will be using for customizing. I am also thinking about customizing a traditional scale horse as well, but I haven't 100% decided.
Last night I got really bored. So I decided to remove the base from the Edgar Allan resin. It was harder then I thought is was going to be. It was a long and super dusty procces. And half way through, I discovered that there were thick wires in each of his legs. Which was not a welcomed suprise. Lets just say sparks went flying and I might be missing a tiny amount of my eye brow. But in the end, I think I did a decent job. He still has all of his hooves and he can stand on his own. I will be making him some custom shoes to hid the rough edges and the wires. I am thinkng about removing the base from the next horse I get. I am really excited about that horse. I am having a very talented Artist paint this horse for me. I am going to have her do a bay sabino, after a Tb that I say. He will look really cool and different. Here is a pic of the horse with a base, then without the base and then one of the wires in his feet.
Last night I painted 2 more horses. I like them both so far, but they still need work.
The Appy will have some Halo spots, but I haven't covered the first layer yet, so the bogger spots look a little odd. I noticed that one of his back legs has some really rough spots on it, so I have to fix that too.
The other horse I painted last night is a repositioned G3 Cantering warmblood. I didn't really like him before, but now that he has some paint on him, he is starting to grow on me. I was thinking that he would be a good American Warmblood.
On another horsey topic. I bought another Edgar Allen resin. This one is going to be professionally painted and I am 99% sure that I am going to remove the base.
Last night I started painting an Appaloosa. I like Leopard appaloosas, but I don't like the really "heavy" spotted ones. I like something simple and well balenced. So I started painting one that I would like instead of one that the rest of the model horse world would like and I have to say, I really like him. He has a reposition head, neck and back left leg. Of course he isn't finished yet, but I think he will look even better once he has eyes and hooves.
I also finished prepping the Drafter that I started a long time ago. I don't think I am going to paint him, but I am going to offer him for sale. As much as I like him and think he is really cute, I think he needs to go to another home where they will spend a little more time with him ;) I think that he would look great as an old, sort of faded dapple grey. He has an older timer look, well at least I think he does. I'm not going to offer him for a lot, the paint filled in some of the detailing and it wasn't the most amazing apoxie work, but it's a start. I will be listing him on MHSP in a couple days, I want to get better pics of him first.
Well, I am painting a few horses again. I have a couple leopard Appys, a few paints and I have to finish the sloid black horse I started a long time ago. I'm hoping to have pics tomorrow.
Earlier this week I made a decision to leave baking as a career. And most of the people in my life are not happy with that decision. They are telling me that it is a really bad decision and that I am just lazy or that I haven't been doing it long enough or that its just the place I'm at. But it's none of those things. Baking as a career is not something that I should be doing. And it is not just the place I am working at, I felt the same way when I was at my internship, when I was there I just kept saying that it would be different when I was actually working somewhere and wasn't doing all this boring, useless stuff. I have decided that baking should be more like a hobby for me, something that I do for people when they need a birthday cake, or their wedding cake or graduation cake. So I have started looking for another job. I know the job market is not the best right now and that I should just be happy that I have a job, but what good is it to work in a job that is just going to make me hate everything about baking by the end of the summer and then I won't do any baking for anyone. Ever. I am going to look for a job with horses. There are a good number of barns around the country looking for barn help and I am going to start contacting them. It would mean that if I got one that I would be moving really far away from everything here. Which is sort of what I wanted in the first place, but never really gave myself the chance to do.
I want to work with horses. That's all I have ever wanted to do and know that I have decided that I am going to, I feel a little better about life. I know that jobs with horses don't pay very well, but what does it matter
Today I made a decision that will hopefully make life a million times better. There isn't a while lot I can say right now, but I have a lot of thinking that I have to do. I am thinking about going back to school for something else, again.
I started working for my trainer this week to work off some lessons. I have only done it one day and I wish that I could do it all the time. I didn't realize how much I missed being at the barn all the time. A few years ago I worked at a barn doing chores, mostly feeding horses, bringing horses in from the paddocks and doing most of the weekend chores. When I stopped working for the barn and started just working for my trainer, I didn't really miss working for the barn. I realize now that it was because I was still at the barn everyday. I still worked for my trainer and was at the barn all the time, for lessons, vet/farrier appointments and for horse shows. And know that I have started working for my trainer again, I find myself thinking about being out at the barn all the time. I went out there today even though I didn't need to go out there. It was raining so that says something.
I wish that there was barn around here that was looking for a full time person. But there isn't. There are tons of barns looking for people in just about every other state, but not here.Ever since I was like 15, I have wanted to be a Barn Manager. I loved always being able to answer boarders questions about their horse's day to day life. The 2 greatest sounds in the world come from working at a barn. 1. Every horse in the barn nickering or whinnying when you walk in the door. I know that they are not doing because they are happy to see me, and that they are just doing it because they want their breakfast, but it is still the most amazing sound ever. It's a great way to start your day. 2. The sounds of horses munching quietly on hay at the end of the day. It is one of the greatest feeling to walk down the barn aisle and hear ever horse quietly eatting their hay, not caring about anything but that hay. It makes me feel amazing knowing that I made all the horses full and happy.
Anyways, I miss being at the barn all the time. It doesn't help that I really hate my job and want nothing more then walk out and never go back. But I still miss it like crazy. Maybe someday it will happen again. Maybe someday I can have those great feelings again and be able to say that I, am the bar
Since I didn't get to work on the horses last night after work at the barn, I decided to spend 90% of my day today working on them. They look really good so far. I like them. I put a new tail on the one horse and I think it looks really natural on there. I just have to finish the mane on 1 horse and then they will be getting primer!!!! I will post pics as soon as the primer is finished. I can't wait to start
Yesterday really sucked at work. There was no one there to let us into the building, so we had to stand outside for 1 hr 45 mins. The greatest part was the it started storming while we ere out there. Oh well, its now my weekend. I did a ton of planting this morning. I planted several now Lily plants in several different colors. Then I helped my mom plant her new plants. She got like 10 different kinds of planets, I can't remember all the names, but they look really pretty. I can't wait to start planting my vegie gardens and my herb gardens. I have so many different things that I want to grow this year it's crazy.
I am working at the barn this evening, but when I get back I plan on working on some horses.
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