I've been spotting equestrian horse art in quite a few of the home design blogs I read... so maybe it is a new trend?
The above photograph (as well as the one below) were found on Mari Burgos' blog, and they definitely took me on a trip down memory lane. I have always LOVED horses as a kid. I was seriously a horse fanatic. When I was in grade school, my best friend collected Breyer Horses, she had 123 of them all lined up along a wide bookcase that ran the entire width of her bedroom. We would play (very gently) with those horses for hours and hours. I lived, ate, and drank the four legged creatures... I didnt get my first one until I turned 13. And by the time I turned 16, I had owned 3 different horses, a quarter horse mix, an arabian mare, and my last one was a paint. I sold him when I turned 16, and put the money to my car, which happened to be an 88 Ford Mustang Convertible. :)
I did miss my horse, but the arabian mare kind of changed my trustworthiness towards horses. Arabians are known for being a little more hotblooded then say a quarter horse, but she was a mare (female) too... and well... mares are moody. :) Not exactly a good combination for a beginning rider. 9 times out of 10, I would go to put on her bridle, and she would swing her head and stand up with her front legs in the air... definitely not something I was comfortable with. I think horses sense when you are nervous, and every time I went to put her bridle on, I would immediately start to get nervous... which definitely didnt help! :) We ended up selling her to a super nice old man that rode her in the parades as part of the vfw I think... They were a match made in heaven. :)
I will have to see if I can dig up some old photos of me and my horses, I'm sure you would all LOVE to see them? ;) When I got my first horse, my parents kind of got bit my the bug too... my dad ended up buying a really awesome horse called a bashkir curly. His hair would get long and curly in the winter, although we never did, people actually shear them like you would a sheep... his name was Syntar, and boy was HE hotheaded! :) I found some pictures online... he was this color:
Syntar had the curliest eye lashes... :) While it isnt the greatest picture, here is another Bashkir Curly I found online that shows just how different they can look with they're winter coat.
I think I need to feature some photos from one of my favorite horse photographers. :) His work would look gorgeous on anyone's wall. So, what do you think? Should horses make a comeback in the design world? :) I personally love the idea. Because our house was decorated around a western theme for my later teenage years, I'm really burnt out on all things western... but I am really liking the thought of mixing horses with a modern style. :)
I just might need to bring out some of my earlier pencil artwork. Horses is ALL I ever drew in my teenage years. :) Or better yet... maybe I need to recreate something new! I'm definitely feeling inspired...
p.s. The sale has been a HUGE success! I'm working suuuper hard to try and keep my 3 day shipping schedule. I am running a bit behind on answering e-mails though... so please bear with me over the next couple of days. :)