Friday, March 2, 2012

The secret horse

Here's another blast from my Scholastic past:
The Secret Horse by Marion Holland is the story of two girls who steal a horse from an animal shelter and hide him in the abandoned stables of a neighbor's estate.  Although parts of the story strain believability, its tattered cover is evidence of multiple re-reads.
Yesterday I got a horse sized box in the mail.
This is what was inside.
He's not mine, though.  Like Highboy, Sarasmis is a secret horse. 
One of my friends--I won't say who!--asked me if I would be willing to receive a package for her.  In the interest of marital harmony, she thought it would be better if her husband didn't see another brand new horse arriving on their doorstep.  Of course, I told her it would be fine.  When it comes to model horse addictions, I am an enabler.  And besides, who doesn't want to get a Sue Kern custom in the mail?  
If anyone else would like to send me secret horses, please feel free.  I promise I won't feed them grass clippings, and I might even give them back!

19 comments:

  1. Hehe! At least I don't have a boyfriend/Husband to contend with my collection

    And correct me if I'm wrong, that looks like a Lisa Salamandick Halter? It's got her style cowries, tassels and bead colour choice.

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  2. I guess I am one of the lucky ones the hubby actually has D'Arry's Number programed in to his phone and has used it in the past when I wouldn't call her about a horse I wanted because I felt we couldn't afford it ... Said horse is sitting on the shelf in my studio :O)
    I usually just ask and he rarely says no .

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  3. Terri--you have sharp eyes. That is indeed a Lisa Salamandick halter. It used to belong to Sarasmis' owner, but then it came here for sales photos and never left. :)

    For the record, I don't feel the need to have secret horses. My husband may roll his eyes when he sees a new box arrive, but he never complains. Besides, he knows that everything is either a trade or paid with tack money.

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  4. Is that staying in Colorado? I need to inspect it closer ;-)

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  5. He's definitely staying in Colorado, and I'm sure you will have lots of chances to inspect him up close and personal. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you're the one who gets to tack him up for the performance division...

    :)

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  6. I remember that book! It wasn't one of my favorites, but I did read it!

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  7. Beautiful model and gorgeous halter!! Love those colors on a black horse! :)

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  8. I don't know how I haven't come across your blog before, but I was back-reading a little, and I'm impressed! The model horse tack you make is so detailed and very cool!

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  9. Beautiful horse! I'd love a Sue Kern custom one day. :(

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  10. I remember reading that book! It was the foundation for many (unrealized) scheme to get (and keep!) and horse! Oh, and I LOVE your friend's Secret Horse! Beautiful!

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  11. I wore out the school copy of that book way back when I was a little'un. Put a lot of ideas in my eight-year-old head about our yard and the garage. :D

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  12. Ah, yet another book in common! Agreed, interesting read, and liked the little map showing the properties (funny I remember that when I haven't see the book in over twenty years!)but not very plausible.

    I love finding out what in your library I've read, too!

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  13. Oh goodness, I found the Secret Horse at a little thriftstore a few years ago! I enjoyed it, but ultimately ended up passing it on to another one. Hopefully some horse crazy girl found it.

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  14. what a pretty pony!! A Sue Kern CM you say, did he use to be a PS Arab??? The long back and shape of the shoulders/belly looks VERY familiar!!

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  15. Boy, if we lived closer I'd take you up on that./ My poor husband just doesn't understand why I need billions pf plastic horses!!!! But I don't understand his coin addiction either!! Sue is painting my Brave Hart bargain!!! I love her work!!. I can't wait to show you how he turns out!!
    JO K

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  16. Hahah, I love this! I am awaiting arrival of the first model horse that I have ever purchased (the other two I painted are ones I had from childhood) -- it's the Breyer G3 Tennessee Walker Stablemate. If I'm *this* excited for a little dinky thing, I can't imagine how excited I'll be when I receive my first, say, Eberl resin in the mail. ;)

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  17. I am proud to say my hubby actually purchased two out of the last three models that came into our house. :-) Now, mind you, these acquisitions WERE prompted by yours truly, of course, since he certainly doesn't troll EBay looking for plastic horses. And I'm sure he now thinks there are quite enough of them Chez RW - any more may have to be smuggled in!

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