Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mini in Dressage

Okay, this is cool!!! Run this video, it is a beautifully colored leopard miniature horse doing dressage.It will take 20 seconds before you see the star of this show, but it is worth the wait.

Sorry but this is the only way I can link this was the first one I every saw of Lancelot and dressage.
Click below:

Another link to some training, unfortunately it is in German
Lancelot Interview 

How did she train that horse to do this? If I knew I would train one of my miniatures.
LINK  In case YouTube above does not work.
How about a class in miniature horse dressage for AMHR and/or AMHA?

Have to thank Wendy for this link.
Another example of "Shetlandpony" - really looks mini to me.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chariot Just Advertised

This is an update: October 28, 2010 This chariot was posted for sale on lilbeginnings. 

"Think the Chariot class looks like fun at Nationals?  Here is a chariot ready to go!
Fiberglass bucket designed by Dale Lutke with wooden shafts and wheels.  Adjustable shaft height to fit Minis or Shetlands.  Very good condition. 
Delivery available to Glen Rose, TX later this weekend or to ASPC/AMHR Convention in Little Rock, AR next week!"

To check if it is still available try:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Country Roads Shadows Sunny Boy

Rarely do I buy a miniature horse any more. I have way too many already to justify just one more.
But this spring I received an email from a breeder in Malta, Illinois.
She was interested in one of my filies, so after some discussion a trade was worked out.
Sunny was shown as a 2 month old at HAMES and was a perfect little gentlemen. 
After spending some quality time with Sunny, Wendy and Mike it was time to head home with Sunny.
Walked little Sunny up the to rear of the van and "Whoa, you want me to what?" asked Sunny.
"Sure, you can do it little boy," I said.
"I don't know, it's pretty high up there but here goes," and with one colossal jump in he went.

"So what do you think? How do I look in here?" said Sunny.
Wendy climbed in to say her goodbyes to Sunny.
Sunny assured mommy, "Yes mommy, I promise to be a good little minis. I will brush my teeth, and eat all my hay every night."

I think I saw a tear coming out of Wendy's eyes as she left little Sunny in the van ready to head off the farm and on to a new adventure.
It was a two hour drive, and Sunny was very well behaved.
Arriving at home, Sunny looked out and said,"Wait a minute, that's a big jump outta the van. I don't think this is what I was planning on."

"Where's mommy Wendy? No way you are going to get me out of here."
"I wantta go home, no you can't make me get out!!" said Sunny.

Needless to say, it took a little convincing, but finally Sunny left the safety of the van and trotted down to meet his new family.

In a few days I will post again with photos of Sunny in his new home.
If you want to see baby photos of Sunny visit:
Sunny is a true blue eyed baby. His sire is Boones Little Buckeroo Too Shadow, a 27.5 inch, Top Ten BTU son. His dam is Serenity Acres Bonnie Blu Eyes, so now you know where those baby blues came from. I just love blue eyes on a mini!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Top 5 Chariots for Miniature Horses

Over the past year I have posted photos of some really good looking miniature horse chariots. This post shows what I would consider among the top 5.

In 5th place:
This is not exactly a show chariot, really it is a racing chariot that is used out west. Racing chariots are constructed for speed and you can see all views at the link in this sentence. Read more about these races here and see them race (quarter horses) here at Video Chariot Races.

In 4th place:
This was the only photo I could find of Dave Charleton driving his chariot. Dave was kind enough to share his building plans with me and I am currently having a chariot for myself built.

To see more of Dave's chariot go to Chariot Measurements.

In 3rd place:
Deb, dressed as Cleopatra, drives this two horse team. At the DuQuoin show she won over both Hal and Bo (shown below). Hal built two red chariots and when he is not showing the four horse team, he splits them and both he and his wife show a team.

In 2nd place: 
This photo of Bo Stepp was taken at the DuQuion fair grounds during a miniature horse show in 2007. Bo is still showing and place first at the Tulsa Nationals.
Check out the Single Roman Chariot class at Tulsa 2009 with video at this post.
And your 1st place winner is:
I have to say, Hal and his team of four pulling a chariot is the most impressive example of a miniature horse chariot I have seen. At Nationals he drove this team during the parade lap and it was a big hit. Other photos of Hal, Bo and Deb can be seen at the blog: Roman Chariots Race in DuQuoin.

Hey, Hal also does a draft team: LINK