Friday, April 18, 2014

I get by...

I have the best friends.

As soon as I announced my car-less status on Facebook, I was immediately inundated with offers of rides to the barn.  So today,instead of being stuck at home, I spent the morning with Mystyc...
and my friend, Mary Jo and her horse Scarlett.
The weather was absolutely perfect... 
Can you see the deer?
and both horses were awesome, even during the scary parts!
My hobby friends are just as generous as my barn friends.  Recently, I needed a whole bunch of 1/8" etched buckles for a big order with a tight deadline.  Rio Rondo was sold out, so I posted an SOS on Facebook.  Within days, I had all the buckles I needed for free.
Thanks again, Chloe!  These are your boots!
I really do feel so fortunate to have so many good friends.  Thanks everyone.  Maybe this month won't be so long after all!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bad news/good news

Seth's car is broken.  

That's not terribly surprising.  It's an old car with a lot of miles.  Fortunately, Seth is a pretty handy.  Most of the time he's able to fix things as they come up.
Except... not this time.  The car needs to go to the mechanic, and the mechanic can't fit it in until May 14.
Yes, you read that right--May 14.  Seth and I will be sharing my car for the next month.  Since he has a regular job and I don't, the car is mostly his, at least during business hours.
So, that's the bad news.  Where's the good?
Lots of time at home means lots of time for finishwork and tack.   Maybe--just maybe--I'll use that time to finish my BHR Loper (remember he's supposed to be a rabicano) and make enough tack to pay for the mechanic's bill.   
Wish me luck--it's going to be a long month!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Post weekend show report

My friend and fellow tackmaker, Sara Kucharski, recently bought one of my older saddles secondhand on eBay.  She took it to last weekend's Plastic Ponies on Parade live show in Fenton, Michigan and kindly sent these photos.
Although it's nearly eight years old, the saddle looks as good as new.
It helped Sara's Paloose, Hildegard Von Bingen, win two second place ribbons including this one in the Hunter/Jumper class.
That class was one by Sara's other entry, a lovely Timepiece resin who went on to be named Reserve Champion of the English Performance division.  He is wearing a tack set by Corinne Ensor.
Sara also did well in the Western Performance division with her brand new Lynn Fraley Pepe Poco Cha Cha resin, Coeur de Lion.
Coeur de Lion was painted by Corinne Senko and is wearing a tack set made by Sara herself. 
Western Performance Champion!  Woo hoo! 
Congratulations, Sara! 
And thanks for making my old tack look so good!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Loping towards completion

Almost seven years ago, I checked off one of my oldest resin goals with the purchase of this BHR Loping Horse.
I didn't pay a lot for him, so I wasn't expecting much in terms of the finishwork.  Still, when he arrived, I was taken aback by his complete and utter lack of prepping.  The entire bottom half of the model was covered in seams and pinholes.   There was nothing to do but strip off the old paint and start anew.

"That's ok," I told myself.  "I didn't want a grulla anyway.  This model wants to be dapple grey."

Except...  I can't paint a dapple grey and none of the artists whose dapple greys I like (and can afford) were interested in painting him.  Years passed, and my poor Loper remained unfinished and mostly forgotten on the nekkid resin shelf in my basement.
I remembered him about a year ago when my friend, Teresa, bought a dapple grey BHR Loper.  
"Oh great," I thought, "Now I need to choose a different color."

I didn't though, because honestly, I'd pretty much given up on ever finishing that Loper.

Then, about a month ago, I was cooling out Mystyc and my eyes wandered over to one of the horses in a nearby turnout ring.  Three thoughts popped into my head.
The first was: "Beamer is really a pretty color."

Then: "I could paint that color."

Finally: "I could paint that color on my BHR Loper." 
I went home, pulled out that Loper and went to work. 
As is usually the case with me, prepping turned into customizing.  I gelded him, added chestnuts and resculpted his face.
I also shaped his ears and gave him an all new forelock. 
This model was lacking the little flap of flank skin where the hind leg meets the barrel...
so I added that, too. 
Then--finally!--I started adding color.
Here's how he looks today.  There's still a long way to go, but I am ridiculously pleased with the progress.  
I like the black every bit as much as the dapple grey, and I can't believe that after all these years, the end is almost in sight.  Hurray! Hurray!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sidesaddle Saturday

Last week was filled with work, taxes and yet another canine medical extravaganza, none of which make for exciting blog fodder. 

Fortunately, the weekend brought some relief in the form of a fun sidesaddle day at Fabian's barn in Thornton, Colorado.
When I arrived, Cisco was already saddled.  Teresa climbed on first...
and Fabian led her around the round pen.
Fabian was next.
More trips around the round pen. 
When it was my turn, I asked to forgo the leadline, and Fabian kindly indulged me.
Cisco and I practiced stopping, starting... 
He's better at "Whoa" than "Walk on!"
and steering.
Since he was going so well... 
I asked for a little trot. 
Eeeeeee!  It's so much harder than it looks...
but it's also so much fun!
After I was done making a fool out of myself riding, Collyn and her boyfriend, Jacob, arrived.
They each took a turn... 
riding Cisco around the round pen. 
Then Teresa climbed back into the saddle and did a little trotting.
I think she did a much better job of staying in the middle than me. 
This was such a fun way to end the week.
Thanks so much to Fabian for being such a gracious host and allowing all of us to enjoy his Fabulous Fjord, Cisco!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Almost wordless Wednesday

My mother told me that I needed to post more baby pictures, so here are a few from the last two weeks.  I've arranged them from oldest to newest, and it should be obvious that he's growing like a week and thriving under the watchful eye of his new mother.  I've also included one photo of Mystyc, because she's cute, too.  Enjoy!