This is Basil.Basil was a pretty normal pet rat until one fateful day in February of 2011. She ventured into my studio, one thing led to another, and Basil became the hobby's first Saddle Rat.
After that, there was no stopping her. Basil was a most versatile rat, dabbling in Western Pleasure,
Tie Down Roping,
Basil passed away in December 2011, but our new rat, Nutmeg, has proved a worthy successor. Her interests include Hunter Under Saddle,
Arabian costume (Egyptian Dancing Rat style),
Together, Basil and Nutmeg have inspired all sorts of critters to saddle up and strut their stuff. Here are some of the members of "Basil's Barn."