- Jules Verne & Icelandic Horse
- Icelandic Pony in William Morris' Kitchen
- Icelandic Horse Books
- Icelandic Breeding Standards
- Gaits of the Icelandic Horse
- Fun Facts--Icelandic Horse
- Best of Blessi Stories
- Fun Facts-Blessi
- Is this trotty, pacey or clear tolt or rack
- MCOA Hereditary Eye Defect in Silver Dapples
- Bone Spavin in the Icelandic Horse
- Velkomin, Bienvenu--How to translate Blessiblog
- MtDNA Origins of the Icelandic Horse
- Icelandic Horse Twins--A Wonderful and Cautionary Tale
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
These women are swimming their Icelandics at the Feddet peninsula in Denmark. I love being able to view the motion of the horses' legs under the water. I always wanted to do this with Blessi. A Icelandic breeding judge told me that Blessi comes from the line of water horses in Iceland. Unfortunately, I forgot the rest of the details.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
Just for fun, we took wither tracings of Max, the 11-hand grade pony, versus Tucker the 16 hand muscled Quarter horse, and Diesel, the 17 hand Paint stallion. Max's wither tracing displays at the top of the photo. As you can see, Max had the u-shaped withers typical of the pony. Diesel and Tucker have V-shaped withers.
Max's gullet width measured three inches down from the top of the withers was 9.5 inches versus 6.5 and 6 inches for Diesel and Tucker respectively. Blessi's saddles fit Max through the shoulders--even though they were way too long for Max's back. Another illustration of why saddle fit can be so challenging.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
|PC and I are dressed as Rocky and Bullwinkle at the|
office Halloween party. Yes, that is a landshark from
the classic SNL skit and yes the Japenese
visitors are quite amused.
PC was my first Burmese cat, who did not think he was a cat. Or at least he defined "catness" as something totally different from the rest of the feline world. As you can see by the photos, PC would go anywhere, anytime, meet any creature, and have fun. From twin human babies poking at him, to kids putting him in a swing and pushing him, to visiting other people's houses with strange dogs and cats, he assumed life was a party filled with catnip and friends.
|PC pushes the baby carriage down the|
hallway. He learned most of the tricks in
|My other cat was Mimsie the Siamese. The only creatures|
she liked were me and PC. PC and Merci were
a nice yin-yang of feline companions.
Blessi entered my life when PC was 17. I always wanted to take PC to the barn to meet Blessi and take PC for a tolt. But PC was a bit frail at that age and I wasn't sure if the visit was for my entertainment or his so I never did so. Merci got to meet Blessi 10 years later.
|PC loved his fish. Unfortunately he was much more clever about|
stalking it than I was at protecting it. Even keeping the fish in
the microwave at night did not extend its life by much.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
|Blessi checks out Merci, who is not at all bothered|
by the huge, odd smelling dog .
Note the handle of my tack box on the floor
since handles play a role later in the adventure.
The National Alliance of Burmese Breeders gives the following description of the Burmese temperament:
|Merci gets to check out Blessi to confirm her original|
thought that Blessi is odd but harmless.
|Blessi tries to show how friendly he is by|
grooming Merci behind her ears.
The two creatures are introduced as Merci shelters in her carry case. She seems quite interested and Blessi is fascinated. Introductions outside the case are equally successful. Through practice with his other feline friends, Blessi knows how to groom Merci gently behind her ears. (When Blessi was introduced to a bunny at a horse show, he groomed the laid back bunny behind the ears also.)
The introduction is going really well so we move on to riding lessons. Merci makes the typical novice mistake of not using a centered riding position. Even so she starts to purr.
|Blessi somehow knows ho to pick up the case.|
He must have learned through observing me
pick up his tack box, which is a re-purposed tool box.
Blessi and Merci had a great visit. Here we are--three species at the end of wonderful play day. I wonder if Merci might like to ride a tolt some day. Merci is a purebred Burmese but I adopted her from a local cat rescue. Merci was found wandering the streets of Ridgefield WA. Blessi gives a big shout out to the animal rescue groups of the world.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
I fill up my own printer cartridges to save money. I swear I cleaned up everything after refilling the cartridges but somehow Merci the cat found a pool of ink and made her own art. Later I found the source of all the ink--Merci knows how to open cupboard doors.
To adapt Sandburg's poem:
"The ink comes on little cat feet.
She sits looking over floor and sink
on silent haunches
and then moves on."