I started planning out the Sm scale show tote as well. I only have 9 stablemates at this point and that number is likely to drop in the next 3 weeks. So I will be able to space the big guys out a little better and have a decent chunk of space to put random show things. I have a ton of leg tags to make for this first show, but I was thinking about asking if I could use cards for the micros instead. The tags can't really attach to the horses because there really isn't anywhere to put them, so I have to just lay them in front of the horse which I think looks sloppy. I haven't heard back yet, but it would save me a lot of time because then I wouldn't have to make leg tags for one show and cards for the other.
On the performance front I am falling behind. I started making the natural base but it really isn't going well. I might re-work an old base that I used several years ago for a basic cross country entry. It has the grass, but its flat and very plain. I could add brushes and I fence line like I was going to for the new one, but it will still be flat. And flat natural trail bases bother me for some reason. I am going to sit on it for a day or 2 then go from there. I might just not do those 3 or 4 classes. It would be both of the natural trail classes, the ranch work and the stock work classes. Doing that would mean that I skip about half of the western division, which I am not a fan of. Right now I feel very indecisive about it.
The micro tack has been put on hold for the foreseeable future. I just have too many other things that I should be working on right now. And Holy Buckets!! The show is less than 30 days away!!!
The saddle pads are coming along and I got the one I will use in the show finished. I went with a multi-shade purple zig-zag pattern. I will still be making a few more single pads to bring with to try and sell. We will just have to see how it goes.
The mold side of things has been crazy and a little confusing. All of the horses out for painting are getting very near completion. I have been told that everyone will be here in time for the show which makes me A) happy, because I want to show all the new horses. B)nervous, because we are getting close to the show and I still have a lot to do once the horses get here.
I still have to name about half of the horses, and it's really hard to do it there aren't here. Last week I got a Galloping Draft horse (no base) in the mail. It's unpainted and very tippy. I'm not going to do anything with it before the shows, I might try to sell or trade with it. I really love to pose, but it's the biggest micro I have. It doesn't fit in my totes. So, he will hitch a ride with the stablemates to the shows. I have a feeling that I will find him a new home by the end of the second show. I also have 3 more in the mail and another one in payments. All 4 of them are coming from the same woman. She has listed about 10 micros in the last week. She had 3 of the Josine Vingerling pewters for sale. I just about peed my pants! The draft sold already :( but I was able to get another Standing Friesian and the Stock horse. I am SOOOO excited about the stock horse. He has been hear the top of my grail list for a while, so being able to get one is very exciting for me. I also managed to get a Galloping Friesian mare with the other 2. I don't have anything planned for the mare, but I will be painting the other 2 for sure
The last one I got from her is a painted Sahir. I am in love with this micro. I have several horses that I have fallen head over heels in love with and he is definitely one of them. He is a dapple bay minimal tobiano. Just enough white to stand out but not so much white that he blinds you. I can't wait to see him in person.
Ok, I'm off to work on a few pads and get my last few performance references finished.
Till next time, Happy hunting.