Friday, September 20, 2013

Friesian Friday

Years ago, I decided to make myself a model Friesian.  I traded a halter for a Gem Twist body, hacked it up, reassembled it and painted it black.  Because I like white markings, I really wanted to add some chrome.  I wasn't planning anything crazy, mind you--just a little star and snip and maybe one white ankle.  

I posted my intent on whatever hobby lists I was subscribed to at the time, and the response was immediate and unanimous--no white markings on the Friesians!  A star that measured less than two inches in height or width was allowed.  Anything beyond that was strictly verboten.  

Sigh.  That wasn't what I wanted to hear, but rules are rules.  I gave my mare a tiny star and left it at that.
Yesterday, I drove out to Golden, Colorado to visit my friend, Cara, and meet her new lease horse.  While I was there, I couldn't help but notice a pair of Friesians turned out together in the arena.
However, it wasn't until the little one came over to the gate that I noticed something unusual about him. 
He had a star, a snip...
and one white foot.  Oh my goodness--that's exactly how I wanted Velma to look!
Of course, I realize that he is unregisterable and probably a huge disappointment to his breeder.  Call me crazy, but I don't care.  I love the white and I think he's adorable.
And as for Cara's lease horse, Poppy...  well, she's pretty adorable, too!
P.S. Poppy's show name is The Exploding Poptart.  Doesn't that sound like something you'd hear at a model horse show!?

25 comments:

  1. I SAW THE WEBSITE ABOUT THE MINI STUFF...SOOOO CUTEEE...ARE U GOING TO MAKE A MODEL HORSE PORTAIT FOR REVE MADE OUT OF APOXIE AND SUFF..CAN U DO A POST THAT PEOPLW WRITE AS A COMMENT LIKE ME TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS ....

    REBEKAH

    P.S MAYBE WE CAN DO LIKE A PARTNER SHIP ON TACK MAKING

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    1. I have a portrait of Rev in the works. However, considering my customizing speed, it will probably be years before it's finished.

      I try to answer questions as they come in, but I don't always know the answers and sometimes I've answered them already (the tack tips and hobby how-to posts are your friends--please search them before asking!).

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    2. i understand that so dont be mean about it..its just a question so dont be a mean person

      rebekah

      P.S THATS NOT ME SAY THAT I WONT FOLLOW OR POST

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  2. I'd pick up that "grade" Freisian in a heartbeat!!! They are always breeding Freisians to make crosses with color. I say why not? Love a pure and solid black but that guy is cute! Is he for sale?

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  3. he probly isnt..he way to pretty to sale..pls respond about my question jenn.....ur awsome


    rebekah

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  4. Since I'm not a big Friesian fan (oh, the horror!), I much prefer the lovely bay Cara's leasing...

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    1. Poppy is a Swedish Warmblood. She's a nice, big mare, and eventually, I think she and Cara will make a very nice team.

      My favorite horse of the day was a grey pony mare who was sharing the ring during Cara's lesson. She was cute enough on the flat, but I swooned when she started jumping. Very nice pony.

      :)

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  5. i know right the horse is sooooo pretty




    rebekah

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  6. Love love love your mare. What medium did you use for the black- acrylics, oils? It looks very smooth and natural.

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  7. she uses pastels and acrylics...pastels for body..and acrylics fpr details


    rebekah

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    1. Actually, Velma was originally painted with water miscible oils. A couple years after I'd finished her, I went back and added a little pastel dust over the top. There are no before and after pictures, and I can't really remember if the pastels changed the overall look. She's a fairly simple custom, but I still like her even after all these years!

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    2. Makes one wonder what the genetics are in the one with the funky markings. Those face markings are a bit wild.

      There is a guy in west. WI who raises Friesians. He's thinking of buying my ACD stud colt to breed to them. I hope he does. I'd like to see foals from that cross and the champagne gene in action.

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    3. Thats cool where do u get those...I think they dont have those where I live ...I have to use only pastels


      Rebekah

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  8. ok im not gonna follow or post anymore


    R

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  9. Rebekah - I think you might find this post from Cindy Evans' blog really helpful when dealing with others in the hobby. I actually recommend it to *all* hobby members as we all can related to the subject.

    http://horseguru.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-generation-gap-and-youth-in-our.html


    Teresa

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    1. Excellent post recommendation Teresa!
      I read the entire column and felt I learned something on how to interact with the younger generation in our hobby.
      Thanks for the suggested reading!

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    2. I, too have recommended it to about 5 other people!

      *Thank you Cindy!*

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  10. THANK U TERESA..LEAST SOMEONE TRIES TO HELP ME


    REBEKAH

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    1. Are you kidding me?? Jennifer did help you!! She also gave you a tip to get better answers faster! Please be a little more mature and understand that she has two boys of her own and two dogs and a no and she can not stay on the computer all day long answering questions she had already answered, that blog was given to you to show you how to behave talking t others on blogs, by your comment you replied to Teresa, I see you might have learned nothing. Be a little more mature please!!

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  11. Something about his headshape makes me think he isn't a purebred, looks like there might be a little bit of something else in there? TB, Welsh or Arab grandparent or great grandparent? Maybe? His head looks like its slightly dishy (could be the engle) which is not I would expect from a pure friesian and it'd explain the white markings.

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    1. I was told purebred, so I'm assuming that's correct. His head didn't look dishy in person (although it kind of does in these pictures). The other Friesian in the top picture is his sister. She had more of what I would consider a traditional Friesian look, but then again, she's older. The little guy is a yearling. He still has lots of time to grow into himself!

      I did a little on-line research and found several pictures of Friesians with this amount of white. Like this guy, the all had abundant ermine markings on the sock. Love that!

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  12. That little guy is adorable! He looks like a very good Friesian in terms of conformation and gait, so it's a pity something as small as that white makes him unregisterable.

    The model Friesian you have is also gorgeous; I do have a question in regards to that. When painting model horses, how do you make it so that the brush strokes don't show? I've done a few small models in acrylic and can't figure out how to hide the brush strokes. I want that gorgeous smooth texture you get on nice customs.

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    1. An airbrush works pretty well... but they can be really expensive -- especially the GOOD ones!

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  13. I worked for a lady who bred her registered Friesian mare to a registered Friesian stallion...who gave birth to a filly with a white foot. Needless to say, she was pretty upset! I, however, was relieved to some extent because it was the only way I could tell her apart from the other Friesian foals!

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