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I Can’t Believe It’s A Painting!!!

I found this cool new site…, well not actually found since I was pointed in the right direction, lol. But the site is owned and run by my sister, who sent me the URL,

My sister, Audrey is an artist from way back. She studied at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in the field of fine arts. She is a former jeweler, also, and a teacher. Take my word for it, Audrey knows art!

The name of the site is “I Can’t Believe It’s A Painting”. I’m so proud of my sister. She got a number of fabulous artists together, to offer their services. They paint from photographs because they are living in different areas, all over the world. I suppose they do sittings also, but under the circumstances it is easier to offer a service like this, online, by the use of photos. oils_018.171230448_std

I’m always taking photos and I have a few that I really treasure. My sister had one painted for me. It is a scenery shot of Brion Island. It is of a beautiful cliff with a lighthouse on top after a storm. The cliff is being beaten by wild, breaking waves.  I took the photo after an August gale in 1999, when I worked as a tourist guide to the Ecological Reserve of Brion Island.

I wanted to show another horse from the Giddy Up Pony Camp, and Audrey had given me the perfect way to do so. This is a painting of Joe. Pretty, isn’t he! Joe is a registered Paint stallion and he is a prominent member at Giddy Up Acres. Joe is so gentle and lay-back, he can be trusted with the most important cargo, a child on his back. oils_002.171221850_std

Here’s another painting of Joe with Amanda’s father, Cyrus. I honestly thought it was a scanned photograph. The likeness of Cyrus and Joe to reality is stunning! I can’t believe it’s a painting! (Cyrus is a tall man)oils_011.177220840_std

Here is a painting of my fabulous niece, Amanda Currie-Poirier, owner of the Giddy Up Pony Camp and her horse, Casper’s Haunting You. Amanda is the person I’ve wrote about in other posts. (lol, she looks like me!)oils_012.171222909_std

If you’re interested in knowing more about these fine artists, who do such wonderful paintings, my advice is to go to the website, I Can’t Believe It’s A Painting and take a look for yourself. All the information is there on how to acquire a beautiful painting of your own special horse, person, scenery, or anything else that is special to you.

I Honestly Can’t Believe It’s A Painting!!!

(please take note that the horizontal lines in the photos of the paintings are caused by the scanner/printer or computer. The lines don’t exist on the paintings. As usual the photos don’t do the paintings justice. I know, because I have the painting of Brion Island above my computer and I compared it closely.)


May 28, 2009 Posted by | horsing around | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Horse Wife Is…,

A sentimental fool! She displays a minimum of 6 8×10 color photos of her horse, and carries a crumpled snapshot of you (taken before you were married) somewhere in the bottom of her purse!

Easy to locate! She’s either out on the horse or in the barn!
Upholds the double standard! Smooches with the most bewhiskered beast, but recoils when you need a shave!

Owns but one vacuum cleaner and operates it exclusively in the barn! A social butterfly! Providing the party is given by another horsy wife! Falls asleep in her soup at all other functions!

Economy minded! Won’t waste money on permanents, facials or manicures! A culinary perfectionist!

Checks every section of hay for mold but doesn’t blink when she petrifies your dinner in the microwave! Occasionally amorous. But never leaves lipstick on your collar! At worst a slight trace of chapstick!

Easy to outfit! No need for embarrassing visits to uncomfortable little boutiques! You can find all she wears at your local tack store.

Features a selective sense of smell! Bitterly complains about your sticky sweet cigar smoke while remaining totally oblivious to the almost visible aroma of her barn boots drying next to the heater!

Unmistakable in bathing suits! She’s the one whose tan starts at the nose, ends at the neck, and picks up again at the wrist!

A dedicated clubwoman as long as the words “horse” and/or “riding” appear in its name! Has your leisure at heart! Eliminates grass cutting by turning every square inch of lawn into pasture (which, in turn, converts itself into MUD)!

A master at multiplication! She starts with one horse, ads a companion, and if it’s a mare she breeds it!

Keeps an eagle eye on the budget! Easily justifies spending hundreds of dollars but croaks when you spend $10 for a tie!

An engaging conversationalist! Can rattle on endlessly about training and the pros and cons of castration! Socially aware! Knows that formal occasions call for clean boots!

A moving force in the family! House by house, she will get you to move closer and closer to horse country (and farther from your job)!

Easy to please! A new wheelbarrow, custom boots, or even a folding hoof-pick will win her heart forever! Shows her affection in unusual ways! If she pats you on the neck and says, “You’re a good boy”. Believe it or notice she loves you! There is no secret so close as that between a rider and her horse.

My Personal Outlook On Life

The other day I was asked by another lady on the net, how many times I was asked, “Do you love your horse more then me?” Without even thinking, I responded, “I don’t know anyone stupid enough to ask that question. They all know the answer would be ‘YES’ a thousand times ‘YES!!!’

May 27, 2009 Posted by | horsing around | Leave a comment

Frilly – My American Standardbred

The American Standardbred:

She knows when I’m happy
She knows when I’m comfortable
She knows when I’m confident
And she always knows when I have carrots.
~Author Unknown

Woodmere Frilifili

Woodmere Frilifili is very precious to me. I fell in love with her a good three months before I first saw her. My niece, Amanda took her from the CDP (Charlottetown Driving Park) a year ago, last April, after I acquired the three year old filly. About a month later, she sent a photo via FaceBook and I got my first glimpse of my precious one. She was the most gorgeous thing on four legs and she was no less then perfect in my eyes.

Frilly was a high stakes pacer, superbly trained and flawless in her conformation. However, she was a failure on the track. When she reached the 1:10 mark, she would break stride. Why? Well that is the ten thousand dollar question! Perhaps she disliked pacing or racing or being forced into a situation she didn’t ask for. Perhaps it was as her farrier said, she had a soft hoof. Or perhaps she had growing pains.

Whatever her reasons for failure, they do not change the fact that Woodmere Frilifili is a perfect specimen of the American Standardbred, (in my own opinion). She has the racy body shape which is clearly indicative of the tasks she was bred for.  She has a delicate, lady-like head, reminiscent of that of a Thoroughbred. Some Standardbreds have common heads with relatively long ears and a flat or slightly Roman nose profile.  Frilly has very long legs and flat, strong muscles.  She has a deep chest and her haunches appear slightly higher then her withers.

Generally speaking, the American Standardbred stands around 15hh, although some may be a couple inches either way.  Frilly is almost 16hh. She is a tall one.

American Ideal

American Ideal

It is usual that the American Standardbred is bred primarily for harness racing.  There are two very distinct types of Standardbreds – trotters and pacers. The pace is when both legs on the same side move together in harmony. The trot is when those same two legs move opposite one another.  The speed of the pacers are often faster then that of the trotter. The pacer also outnumbers the trotter in North America.

Although the American Standardbred is bred primarily for harness racing, they also tend to make excellent riding horses. Because most are well handled from a very young age, they become exposed to many situations and the transition to saddle horses is not normally difficult.  Retraining a Standardbred may not be the right activity for everyone but for those who do the task, find it more then rewarding.

Horse owners can appreciate the Standardbred as a horse suitable for any sport. There are shows that exist for Standardbreds to show off their abilities and even some shows have classes that gaited Standardbreds may be shown in.

The American Standardbred began it destiny in New England in the mid 1880’s.  The name Standardbred comes from the qualifying standard time a horse had to cove in one mile or 1.6km, to be considered for the breed registry.  The breed developed from a mixture of many breeds of horses that trotted, paced and raced under saddle as well as in the harness.  A Thoroughbred race horse named Messenger is thought to be the foundation for the breed.  He and his progeny took the lead in setting the standard in Standardbred.  Breeds such as the Thoroughbred, Morgan, Clays and some extinct pacing and trotting breeds made up the American Standardbred, each contributing their desirable racing characteristics.

Pacers often “amble”, or “singlefoot”.  This gait is very comfortable to ride.  The pace stride can also be ridden and is

Twisted Frilly

Twisted Frilly

very soothing for people with bad backs. Frilly has resorted to the pace only once since leaving the track and even there it was only for a step or two. At this time, we are working on her not spooking a the sight of the ocean, not an easy task for her high-strung personality.  We are also working on the first steps to jumping. Perhaps my darling Frilly will like that.

Frilly is not my first American Standardbred, though she is one of the finest bred horse I’ve ever had.  Mighty Anna was our first horse. Mother bought her off the track when she was fifteen years old and pregnant for her two young daughters, my sister(12) and I (9). Mother was scared of horses and rarely went near her, so the mares care was left up to two very small, young girls who knew relatively nothing about horses. The next year, on June 12th, Mighty Anna gave birth to a beautiful bay colt which we named Dancing Moonbeam. The name came from both of us, Audrey naming him Moonbeam, because he was born under a full moon and me, I wanted Dancer after Northern Dancer.

May 6, 2009 Posted by | horse breed | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Desire, With Wings Attached – Cancer Reasearch

Do Or Do Not – There Is No Try! ~ Yoda

This is something for Cancer Reasearch, (purposely spelled wrong – ask about it) that I wrote early in 2008.  My niece, Amanda Currie-Poirier of Giddy Up Pony Camp had won first in her division, the summer before. The division, “Dare To Wear Pink” was created and all the proceeds were sent to the cancer society for the purpose of research.

It is the hearts and the desires of all the world to find a cure for cancer. Slowly, ever so slowly, mankind is making progress. Through the generous donations and volunteer work, cancer is being slowly pushed back, hopefully into oblivion within my time.

Amands Currie Poirier with Caper's Haunting You

Amands Currie Poirier with Casper's Haunting You

The Wings of Desire were a part of the Provincial Old Home Week Equestrian Competitions of Prince Edward Island. The competition, “Dare To Wear Pink” category, is run on several different levels. All the proceeds, entry costs for both the competitor and spectator go to breast cancer research.

The western novice category last summer was won by my niece. She worked hard to find pink items to use and she wasn’t shy about wearing them either, even though she doesn’t like the color. Her horse, Casper’s Haunting You, is a grey, registered Quarterhorse and is not a stranger to the show ring, but my niece decided to enter him in the western pleasure, whereas he had always been shown in the English pleasure category. These are some pictures from the competition.

My mother, my niece’s grandmother, succumb to breast cancer turned lung cancer, on October 30th, 1982. This “Dare To Wear Pink” is for her memory. My dad died with liver cancer, on January 6th, 1991. Both were young people.


May 5, 2009 Posted by | Giddy Up Pony Camp | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Horse Halter and Matching Lead Rope

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.  ~Winston Churchill

Tip # 12

This horse show halter and matching lead rope is another update on the Baling Twine saga.  The eight foot lead rope, of course, is the same as the previous up date. Today is the matching show halter.

Woodmere Frilifili Modeling Horse Show Rope and Mtching Lead Rope

Woodmere Frilifili Modeling Horse Show Rope and Matching Lead Rope

I had this halter planned out in my head very carefully.  And nothing went smoother in making it.  Except for the time it took.  The two-toned halter is coral red and aqua blue and it is reversible, so it is basically two halters stitched together.  Lovely blue craft foam is sandwiched between the two layers. The halter is very soft and spongy all around and I can only imagine comfortable for the horse.  There is double foam on the poll strap and the nose piece. Unlike most twines used in macrame, this particularly baling twine has a silken sheen to it, that almost glows.

I used an old halter of Copper‘s for the hardware. What horse person doesn’t have a broken or unused halter in the stable box? I have several, infact from one horse. Now I have three horses, I expect to go through halters three times as fast.  I won’t though, I don’t really think since I haven’t been keeping halters on the beasties.  I had a new hook that I had bought to repair a broken one. So basically the halter and lead rope cost approximately $3.00CDN to make and time.  If I decide to add a fly screen, it will take only a few minutes to make one to fit this halter and add the screening.

The show halter and lead rope is UV resistant and totally weather proof.  It is fade resistant also and so strong that one strand of the twine holds an eight to nine hundred pound bale of hay together.  Clean up is a snap, wash it in the washer or use a scrub brush. Personally I like an old toothbrush when the beastie decided to roll in fresh manure. Any detergent will do.

The only problem I can find with the halter is that it took too long to make.  I would have to charge between $200 and $250, just to make a minimum wage off it.  Of course, it could be made cheeper by using only one layer instead of three.  It wouldn’t have the foam sandwich but it would still be reversible.  Of course it would be possible to line the halter with leather on the interior and foam under it.  Mind you I’ve had a baling twine halter one Frilly and on Willow for the better part of a year, without the foam.  It is still softer then leather and nylon.

Tiny Headed Willow Breeze Models Horse Show Halter and Matching Lead Rope

Tiny Headed Willow Breeze Models Horse Show Halter and Matching Lead Rope

In fact, the stings became frozen in ice under the bale this winter on one of the bales.  We attached a tow rope around it and hooked it to our four wheel drive Sierra pick-up truck.  In four wheel drive, the truck could not break the stings on the bale of hay and the bale stayed in place until spring thawed the ice.   In all fairness, the truck was also on ice, but it had four new studded tires on it. The strings would not break so we could jerk the bale free.  I didn’t cut the strings for obvious reasons, lol.

Gimme A Dream Modeling the Halter While Frilly Does the Inspection

Big-headed Gimme A Dream Modeling the Halter While Frilly Does the Inspection









I am so in love with baling twine tack.  It doesn’t stretch, yet it is flexible enough for any type of equipment.  It is re-using a material which normally goes to the dump and becomes land fill because no one has come up with a good use for it.

I’m going to make a pair of stirrup straps with it. My leathers are getting worn and even last year, I thought they would break.  I’ve made a beautiful bridle, reins and a breast strap in blue.  I don’t have the hardware to put it all together yet so I have put it up for show. It is coming.  Next winter my big progect is to make a baling twine harness for a horse and buggy.  I’ll probably be blue because I have so much of it, but it could also be mixed like this halter.

May 3, 2009 Posted by | tack | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments