Monday, March 29, 2010

It's a rat's life

My kids are the proud owners of what are arguably the two most spoiled rats in the world. Basil and Cinnamon have everything a rat could hope for--lots of love and attention, plentiful food and water, a palatial cage, all kinds of healthy snacks and a plethora of rodent toys including a giant exercise ball.

Yesterday someone posted a link to this picture on Model Horse Blab:I took one look and knew that I was going to be borrowing the rats' excercise ball sooner or later. This morning I had some time to kill so...
It needs some fine-tuning, but I am pleased with my efforts. I wonder how this would go over at a live show? I don't usually show Original Finish models in performance, but I am really tempted to give this a shot. At the very least, it would be a good conversation piece!

Unfortunately, I don't have much information about the original picture. The caption that accompanied it reads: “French rider Olivier Garcia rides his horse Emir et Djugut inside a giant plastic bubble during training for the grand opening of the Stockholm International Horse Show at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 29, 2006. ”

10 comments:

  1. For some reason I cannot see the pictures on this post. The other posts are fine.

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  2. Blogger is having issues today. The pictures *are* there, I promise. In fact, I can see them on my computer but I can't see any from yesterday's post. Sigh. I'm sure it will fix itself eventually...

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  3. OMG that is too cute. I will need to find a clear ball that will fit one of my horses. I know I've seen something similar, actually, for training police horses (they also use big balls in front of the horses, but I'm sure you've seen those). Not sure what it's for though.

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  4. And yet, they would not lend or rent me their rats so I could get rid of the monster in law. I really could have used them this visit...

    Very cute idea :)

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  5. I wonder what the horse thinks of the situation!

    If you could do a turnout with the parade uniform and a doll singer, it seems like an idea that would clean up. To me the fun part of this outfit is the human clothing, which makes it ideal for someone who does dolls.

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  6. How do they get the horse into the ball?

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  7. It is my post above...Linda York. For some reason I can not get Google to accept my old or a new password!

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  8. Hi Linda--I also wonder how they got the horse in the ball. I can tell you that it wasn't easy getting my pony in there. The opening was narrower than he is wide so I had to put him in sideways and then put the doll on him through the hole in the top. SO MUCH HARDER than a normal set-up. It's really awkward working through the hole. It's amazing that the bit is in place and the doll is sitting halfway correctly! I'm pretty sure the other side didn't look nearly as nice! :)

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  9. Boys and ratties are SO cute :-)

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  10. Oh wow, do you know what's funny, I was going to name a draft team Basil and Cinnamon. I settled on Basil and Sage instead... And that must be one large ball!!

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