March 1, 2013

How I choose a performance horse...

Stormwatch resin by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig
Painted by Danielle Feldman
Tack by Jessica Swaney

So, Anne Field started a series of posts on choosing a versatile performance horse on her blog, Jen Buxton then made a post about selecting a performance horse on her blog, then Tiffany Purdy posted on her blog about her method of choosing a performance horse. I thought I'd join the party and make my own post!

My style is much like Tiffany's, though she has quite the knack for working with customs and I tend to stick with resins. I have an ample supply of plastic bodies, but find resin easier to work with. Anyway, I love to customize a bit to make a horse more performance friendly or find a way to, like with Stormy above, show more challenging sculptures in performance. I may not be as daring as some (nod to Sir Sproing!), but I like my horses to be able to cross over from the halter class to the performance ring.

Brioso Resin by Sarah Rose
Painted by Danielle Feldman
Bull by Carol Herden
Tack by Susan Bensema-Young
I gave this set up a whirl many years ago, but the double bridle on a Brioso was alot of work with his mane and small head, so I'm still trying to find a replacement horse to wear the tack. Much like Tiffany, sometimes you just gotta find/make the horse to go with the tack! Other times, I indulge and get tack to fit the horse, like this Working Girl custom I started awhile back. I managed to snag an amazing Sm scale hunt set from Anna Kirby and can't wait to sculpt tiny braids, paint the horse and show it off.

And I've got this Western version, for whom I still *need* a tack set. :)

So many projects, so little time.

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