Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful

A little more than thirteen months ago, my horse and I had a hard fall over a little jump.  I hit the ground first, breaking my collarbone on impact.  Rev went down beside me, and rolled on top of my left leg.  He was fully upside down, balanced precariously on my shin, and for a moment which seemed like an eternity, I thought he was going to roll over my entire body.

He didn't.

The next several months were spent recovering from what did happen.  It wasn't until much later that I allowed myself to really think about what almost happened.

Here's one thing I know for sure:  I am so thankful.

My life isn't perfect, but it's mine, and I am thankful for everyone and everything in it.  If you're reading this blog, that includes you.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Small scale performance

Yesterday's post featured some of the large (1:6 scale) entries at last weekend's Mid Kansas Live All Performance Show in Rose Hill, Kansas.   Today, we're focusing on the other end of the spectrum--the Mini Performance Division.
"Mini scale" is a catch-all term used to describe anything smaller than Classic (1:12) scale.  These Breyer Little Bit/Paddock Pals draft horses are approximately 1:24 scale.
Stablemates are smaller: approximately 1:32 scale. 
The advantages to these smaller models are obvious.  They're (usually) cheaper, and they take up a lot less room.
An entire mini scale diorama can fit inside a shoe box!
Tiny scale props...
 are relatively easy to make...
and there are more excellent mini scale tackmakers in the hobby than ever before (welcome back, Leah).
It's still much too small for me...
but entries like this...
make me happy...
regardless of scale!
In addition to taking these photos, Janna Shepherd showed one horse in the English Mini Performance Division. 
He is Naughty By Nature, a Breyer G2 Warmblood etched by Janna. 
Janna's usual attention to detail...
and excellent documentation...
propelled Naughty By Nature to both the English Performance Championship and the Mini Performance Overall Reserve Championship.  
The Overall Champion was this little mule.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to Janna for once again allowing me to share her photos!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Large scale performance

My friend, Janna Shepherd attended last Saturday's Mid Kansas Live All Performance Show in Rose Hill, Kansas.  This show was a performance junkie's dream with a full day of English, Western, and Other performance classes, separated into three divisions--Original Finish, Customs/Artist Resins, and Minis.

Janna brought her performance superstar, All Glory and kicked some serious butt in the CM/AR division.
But that's not what this post is about.   
It's about something bigger... 
1:6 scale performance horses! 
This guy is an Old Man resin by the Mexican artist, Luis Mariano Aguilar of Nohuanda Equine Art.  He is 1:6 scale, which is the size of the Best of the West Marx horses and much, much bigger than traditional scale.
All the horses pictured in this post belong to Amy Jones.  However, it's worth mentioning that most most models this size aren't made specifically for the mainstream model horse hobby.  Instead, they tend to be marketed to male collectors, who specialize in cavalry and other historic and Western themed set-ups.
This horse is a customized Marx model...
(another view)...
as is this one. 
My favorite is the bay Cavalry Horse resin, also by Luis Mariano Aguilar.
I am pretty devoted to my 1:9 scale world, but I understand the appeal of these larger models.
Also, I think it would be really fun to make 1:6 scale tack!
Thanks for allowing me to use your pictures again, Janna.  I wish you could go to a model horse show every weekend!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More horsing around

Today James, Carol and I drove out to Silver Quarter Acres in Golden, Colorado to meet Cara's lease horse, Romeo.
We watched Cara...
put him through his paces...
and after he was returned to his stall...
we walked around the property, looking for the cute and unusual.
We saw the Friesian with too much white,
a horse with a bad karma name,  
a spotty Appaloosa... 
and a palomino with a neat bi-colored eye. 
All in all, it was a pretty normal barn visit.
Then we saw the goat.
OMG!
Check out... 
those teeth! 
Maaaaaaaaa.  Are you maaaaaaaaaaaa-cking me? 
Maybe just a little. 
Thanks for the fun morning, Cara and Carol!  Tomorrow, it's back to models.  I promise!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Horsing around

I planned to write a real post today.
Then I went to the barn.
I rode Bob...
and visited with my friends... 
and before I knew it...
the whole day had passed me by!
Oh well.  
Maybe tomorrow!