Thursday, August 23, 2018

Doctor Bill

Mary Jo and I went riding today.
 The weather was perfect, the horses were well behaved and the company was excellent as always.
But that's not what this post is about.
I feel like a model horse blog should talk about model horses at least occasionally, but this is hard right now. All my extra time and energy is going to the real horses. I haven't been made anything - at least not anything I can share here - in several weeks. I haven't bought anything in ages either, but it occurs to me that there was a significant doll purchase I made last spring that wasn't immortalized on my blog.
I'm a good tack maker and a decent prop builder, but I have no interest talent for dressing dolls. Because of this, I try to swoop in every time I see high quality dolls offered at less than market value. This lot was part of a really nice performance collection dispersal.  
 The cowgirl shooting doll...
and casual English doll were dressed by Joan Yount. 
The vet doll was made by my friend, Jane Schneider as part of our 2009 NAN auction donation. He originally came with a white coat, but when I posted pictures of him on this blog, Jackie Rossi correctly pointed out that white lab coats on equine vets are a hobby myth. 

"I've never seen a vet working with horses in a white coat! she wrote, "It's not practical working with that species--it's scary, it gets caught on stuff, and then you have to wash the thing! Horse vets generally wear regular clothes--jeans and a polo. The rugby shirt would be fine. Or a set of coveralls. No white coats!!!"

Since all of that was true, Jane immediately replaced the white coat with a set of navy coveralls.
Perhaps because of this, I always wished I could have kept that vet doll. It makes me so happy that he's circled back to me all these years later.
I'm not sure exactly what I'll do with him, but I'm sure I'll think of something.


  1. I can just about see those gears working and I know Jose will be a party to it whatever it is!

  2. He'll be Jose's drinking buddy and partner in crime.

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    1. This is what he was intended to do. He was sold with an endurance tack set by me and another rider doll by Jane.

  4. Is the Doctor named bill? When I first saw the title of your post I thought you were injured on your trail ride!!! I'm glad you're okay!! -Kristine G.

    1. I think I'm funny. Horse vets are all Dr. Bills.

  5. LOL!!! I'm slow... :) -Kristine