Sunday, September 23, 2018

This is the best one...

...at least so far!
There's nutrition information on the back... 
and lots of little horse cookies inside. 
Nom! Nom! Nom!

Süßigkeiten

After three long months in Germany, my friend, Carol is back in Colorado for a week of training at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.
She arrived yesterday bearing gifts, mostly of the edible sort. 
I am a big fan of unicorn chocolate...
but these tiny boxes of Tic Tacs were the real prize.
With just a little effort, they are easily transformed into 1:9 scale food containers.
The hedgehog approves! 
Thank you, Carol. I probably did not need five pounds of German candy, but I for dang sure needed those Tic Tac boxes!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Super trooper

Several people have asked about the saddle I've been using on Thunder. This is not a surprise. I asked many of those same questions myself when I first saw it.
This is a Trooper saddle.
It was made by Jack Haggis Saddlery.
Based on a military design and popular with the gaited horse crowd, trooper saddles feature a suspended seat that "floats" above the horse's back.
It looks high and tilty, but it feels surprisingly normal. 
In much the same way, it looks like these stirrup buckles would rub your leg. 
They don't.
This particular saddle features Western rigging. The cinch buckles on the right...
and ties on the left.
Although the saddle has a padded leather seat, Karen's has an additional sheepskin seat cover for extra comfort.
And let me tell you, it is comfortable. I did not expect to like this saddle, but I do. In fact, I like it very much. It's a well balanced, well made saddle, and I've very much enjoyed riding in it.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Guanella postscript

Yesterday, Seth, Emma and I drove up to the top of Guanella Pass and came home on the Georgetown side of the mountain.
Georgetown is one of my very favorite mountain towns, so we spent a few hours there. Our first stop was a dog friendly restaurant.
Emma was feral before I adopted her and is still fearful around people she doesn't know. She used to really hate this kind of public appearance, but she did great yesterday. She especially enjoyed her English muffin! 
After our meal, we went shopping. Seth hit the candy shop and I went to the miniature store. 
I bought a watering can mostly because it was less than a dollar... 
but the real find was this tiny hedgehog. 
She is so cute, but I'm worried the cats are going to get her. 
Don't worry, little hedgehog. We will keep you safe!
I wonder how difficult it would be to make a 1:9 scale exercise wheel...

Guanella Pass

In case someone somehow doesn't know, I have really struggled with allergies this month. It's been so bad, I started telling Seth, "I'm sorry. I know you love Colorado, but we need to move." "
Yesterday, Seth, Emma and I headed up to the high country for our annual fall leaf drive.
We took Highway 287 to Grant.
Then drove up...
and over Guanella Pass. 
It was gorgeous.
We stopped along the side of the road several times...
 to scramble over rocks...
and take pictures.
So.
Many. 
Pictures. 
As much as I hate allergies, I don't think Seth has anything to worry about. I won't be leaving Colorado anytime soon!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Post weekend show report

On Saturday, UK hobbyist, Christine Sutcliffe attended Julip Live 2018 at Littlemore Village Hall near Oxford, England.
You can read all about it on her Last Alliance Studios blog...
but it's safe to say...
that the turnout was great... 
and a good time was had by all.
I love this so much.
The class list was similar to that at Lake District Live, but there was one particular offering that caught my eye - the Upcycled Class.
This class showcased props and dioramas that were constructed from recycled materials. Some of the before and afters were pretty dramatic!
This stable diorama was made from Kingspan insulation off cuts, wooden plant labels, corrugated cardboard packaging, balsa wood scraps, art board, wire and paint.
Here it is again, filled with things.
What a great idea for a class and what a fun show! Thank you so much, Christine, for sharing your photos with us.

Allergy assisted research

Yesterday I suffered through the worst allergy attack I've experienced since I moved to Colorado. It was an absolutely miserable day, made tolerable only by the all day live coverage of the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina. The featured events were Paralympic Dressage and Vaulting. There were hours and hours and hours of vaulting. And I watched all of them.
When I was eight, my parents sent me to a day camp with a horse program that included vaulting.
Because I was obsessed with all things equine, I gave it a try. 
It didn't take. 
It turns out, I was far more interested in actually riding a horse than trying to do gymnastics on it.
This sums up my life long experiences with Vaulting. Because I am still obsessed with all things equine, I will watch it whenever it crosses my path.
However, it's never been a serious area of interest.
Earlier this year, I made a set of vaulting tack for Anne Field. This required a fair amount of research on my part, but that was nothing compared to what I learned about vaulting yesterday. Yesterday was a vaulting master course. 
I learned all about the compulsory exercises, what they are and how they should be performed.
I took notes on the arena set-up,
outfits,
horses...
and tack.
I still wouldn't classify myself as a vaulting expert, I think I am now one hundred percent capable of showing and judging model horse vaulting. All it took was a little bit of research... and a really good allergy attack!