On April 17, Idaho horse lovers had the opportunity to see a variety of horses showcased at the Idaho Horse Expo in Nampa, Idaho. This filly is Poppy, a Mustang weanling demonstrating how much she has learned with her 4-H trainer.
Poppy was one of the Mustangs hoping for a great new home the following Saturday, April 24, during Mustang adoption day at the BLM Horse Corrals south of Boise.
4-H In-Hand Trail Challenge, visitors to the BLM corrals watched Mario Johnson of Georgetown, Idaho, demonstrate his gentling techniques with a young Mustang gelding.
I hesitate even to type the word "whip" for fear that you envision "whip" as a violent verb. In Mario's hands it's not used that way at all. He explained that the teaching aids he uses (dressage whips, driving whips, plastic flags and ropes) serve as extensions of his own arm. Mario's objective is to let the horse learn that the touch of a rope, or the flutter of plastic will not hurt him. I commend the BLM for providing this demonstration of humane training.
Horses -- feral and furry or trained and trimmed --
we love them all.
The mule has been through her first firing to set the base body color. Next, I've begun to add in the darker points. "What points?!" You may ask, "She's a high-white sabino spotty, right?" Well, mostly.
The mule that is my primary reference has one dark leg. Look at the photo below, see the little black sock on the right fore foot?
I just think that's the coolest! ~ Lynn
In a previous post you saw my husband, Barry Moore, working on Toot Sweet, the adorable Miniature Horse mare sculpted by Adalee Velasquez. Currently, Barry is making a mold of Elsie & Oliver , a Halfinger mare and foal sculpted by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig.
Above left, Barry uses non-hardening clay to form the foundation piece of the production mold for Elsie.
Working with different colors of clay helps the mold maker visualize the different pieces of the multi-part mold he is designing.
Do you have questions about mold making? Just click on "comments" below. (Perhaps we can talk Barry into being a guest blogger here!) In the meantime, if you have a project that you'd like to receive a quote on for mold making and resin casting services please email Barry. Or visit his webpage for general information about Bear Cast Molding and Casting Services.