As I mentioned yesterday, I've really enjoyed reading the email generated by my gift horse post. However, there's no denying that some requests are more, um, interesting than others. This is perhaps my favorite. Thanks to Grace Ledoux for allowing me to reprint this in its entirety.
Just Another Gift Horse Request
by Grace Ledoux
I've just started my sophomore year in high school, I'm steadily learning to drive and I'm missing summer every single day. Luckily I have your blog to check up on (study hall equals Braymere time!) to keep me motivated. I would consider myself an artist, but mostly because that's what others label me. I think of myself of more of an.. experimenter. I approached the world of customizing like every other little girl; with nail polish in one hand and Stablemate in the other. But really it didn't take long for me to figure out that A, I stink at painting realistic horses, and B, it's really much more fun to hack the pony to pieces and figure out how it goes back together.So I started looking at different kinds of customizing ideas. Because honestly there are dozens of artists in the hobby who can paint an OF bay, and frankly they could do it much, much better than I could. I wanted to think a little outside the box. And then I found out about these guys.
In case you haven't already oggled over them, these are the life-size puppets that star in the onstage version of War Horse. I'm a theater geek. I'm a horse person. I like customizing projects that seem stupidly difficult and usually end up harder than I planned... it had to be done.
Not that you can really tell from that super unflattering picture... but those are model versions of Joey and Topthorn (the two main horse characters) withcompletely new necks as well as (obviously) pretty extensive customizing and six repainted and dressed dolls. An old FAS made up the black guy, and Joey was the a Cody model I won at Breyerwest (this is how I treat my prize models. I get along better with bodies).
That project was a little too much fun not to repeat.Hours and hours of sanding later...
Still hate that tail, but this is Bot the riding simulator. He took home a glossy pony at the Breyerfest Youth show this year and is still one of my favorite "models."
All this meaning, I'm an excellent candidate for bodies. I remember reading a show report of yours a while back, and you mentioning supporting the next generation of hobbyists. I realize I'm young, but that only means I can get better. I would be happy to take a reject, body, warp or loner off your hands. I can promise it will get a new life with me.
Obviously, this girl needs a project horse, but I couldn't help but wonder: What was she planning for her next project? I asked and she sent the following picture.Oh, Lordy. It's a great idea, but which gift horse would be best suited? The headless Justin Morgan (please, someone take that off my hands!) or the Misty's Twilight or Pacer or ???