This horse, plus her still-wrapped companion, constitutes Round Two of my loot pix. There will be a third round, I hope, once I get together with my local dealer. The companion was intended from the beginning to be trade goods, so I've left him safe in his cocoon. Who knows, there might even be a round four. This definitely is the year for long-drawn-out loot.
These shots were taken on a neighborhood stroll last week, when I was trying out my ideas about blue horses wearing blue tack.
It's been a long time since I've been smitten with a blue horse. There was a time I collected them assiduously; I once won a Collector's Class with 8 blue horses. But that was about 15 years ago. Still, when I saw Boudicca I knew I wanted her. She is unlike any Breyer I've seen; indeed, she is unlike any blue model horse I've ever known. She's really grown on me.
The setting here is a neighborhood middle school (or, as I knew them when I was a kid, junior high). We are now specialists in finding places to walk where and when nobody else is.
The inspiration for her name, Dirhamri, comes from Dihamri, a beach on the island of Socotra. Where is Socotra? It's in the Arabian Sea, off the Gulf of Aden. How on earth did I find this one? Because my husband found a tourist video of Socotra put out by the Yemeni government, and it happened to be really good:
Why am I naming an obviously Celtic horse with a Yemeni (Arabian) name? But isn't this the same girl who named a thoroughly Russian horse a very British name...?
|Brasenose, sculpted by M. Malova|
Yeah, I'm that way. They sounded good to me; the artist in me "just knew." I've always loved naming horses.
This hackamore is the only blue piece in my collection of braided TSII tack. It dates from 1995 and is called "April's Hackamore" after the horse it was first made for (an O. F. Indian Pony). I find myself using it often. It's midway in detail between the oldest ones like Duke's (1984) and the level represented by Fancy's Hackamore (2005). It's ornamented enough to satisfy me yet is not so detailed as to make its loss or misuse a tragedy. That would be the case with something like Rinker's Hackamore (2011).
It always amazes me how fast these ponies train: one session and they're good to go. :) Still there is a wildness about her. She's married to my most flamboyant and striking Akhal Teke, Talisman (Altynai) and she was given a foal from the start, barely finding out who she is. Yet I love her and have a distinct sense of her personality. I have confidence she'll be around for a while.
And I'm inspired to make hackamores in blue and white.
But first, finish a Mexican saddle and do two Akhal Teke sets... which happened to want blue stones. Some things never change.