Sunday, August 23, 2015

Our New Nokota

We recently found two overo Nokota stallions on HI2! Better still, one of the two is +6/6! We couldn't believe our good fortune! Truly the +6/6 wild stallion drought is over. Thanks, Murphy!

Can you guess which one of these handsome fellows is the +6/6?

Is it this red roan overo?



or is it this dun overo?



It's...




the...




red roan overo! 


Bethany and Jenga lured him with the magic flute on Bend Isle last Sunday, the 16th.


He is a keeper for sure! As much as we love our other two Nokotas, Ravine and Zesty, it will be really fun to have a Nokota in a color other than primitive dun! And with spots besides! Since Bethany and I were the ones who needed our 20th horses to be stallions, and since she has claimed Murphy as hers, this Nokota gets to be mine!

He is our first horse to have this type of pinto avatar, with the white patches from underneath rather than the top. More HI2 pinto avatars seem to be the reverse, with the white on top. Here is Halley to serve as an example:
Unrelated side note: this non-fluted wild (an American White) appeared out of thin air seconds before the screenshot!
I love it when you actually see it happen. =^)
If you're wondering about the other Nokota, the dun overo, he is +4/6 and +39. He was also coincidentally the only blue-eyed horse we found during the entire length of this who-can-find-the-most-blue-eyed-wilds contest in the new club we're in. Obviously, we didn't win, but I'm glad we at least had a horse to enter! I'm thinking we will put him in the humane society rather than auctioning him. As good-looking as he is, I think his odds of being adopted are pretty high.
Thanks, buddy!

In other news, this weekend we went kind of crazy with rump art. It all started with Bethany complimenting one of our club mates on her cool starburst-esque profile art, which she also had on all of her horses' rumps. Then she offered to make rump art similar to hers for us! We were all on board with that and asked for her to create it in rainbow shades. Who doesn't like rainbows, right? I assumed, "oh, cool, we'll put it on a few of our mares that it looks especially nice on." Well, instead, the clubbie ended up convincing us not only to put it on all of the mares (except for Flora, who already had lovely rump art from her previous owner), but all of the stallions as well! (It may not be especially manly, but when the stallions are all owned by girls, why not, right?) Here's what it looks like:
Aw, it suits you really well, Quasar!
Pretty spiffy, huh? 


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bulb Isle Beauty

We spent this week of HI2 on the Leaf Isles, which are home to many adorable wild ponies. Our timing was not great for finding said wild ponies, but Gromit and I did flute one great one on Bulb Isle early on Wednesday morning. Take a look!
A buckskin spotted blanket POA! 8^D
I am a huge fan of appaloosa spotting, so already I was pleased. Then I discovered....
...that she is is +6/6 and +79!!! The problem: she is so little and light: only 11.2 hands and 500 lbs. This is too little to realistically fit PepsiSummer, who is modeled after our mom. (She's not a huge adult, at ~100 lbs and not quite 5ft 4in, but still... in our minds, it's been a stretch with the 600+ lb, 12 handers as it is.)

Of course, all HI2 horse avatars are the same size, so the adult avatars look fine on anything from teensy Shetlands to gigantic Shires. It's been more the principle of the thing to us, and we're still not ready to throw it out the window.
*Sighs* We seem to appeal to the extremes when it comes to POA's. First Julie lucked out and found Xenon, our max height 6/6 POA stallion. The second 6/6 POA, which I find, is minimum height and weight for the breed.

What to do? Bethany suggested we turn PepsiSummer into a kid version of Mom so that we don't have to discriminate against great little ponies. That might be kind of weird, though, since we've had an adult avatar for so long. No, I'm thinking that as hard as it will be for me to do it, we should try to find another home for this pretty POA. I hope it won't be too hard. I'm thinking we'll wait until she reaches 1000 exp so that she can be ridden bareback, then list her in the auctions. It's at times like these that I really wish we had a horse store on our ranch.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

We Love Ponies

First of all, I wish you a very happy birthday, Bethany! <3 Bethany will be going onto HI2 later on today to use our flute, but I'm here to talk about some of the other things that have happened on HI2 since our last post.

Last night, Flare, my chestnut Gelderland stallion, and I went to use the flute on Brown Isle and guess who showed up? That's right, a chestnut Gelderland stallion! Granted, chestnut is a fairly common Gelderland coat color, but it's still quite the coincidence, isn't it? =^)
Why, hello there!
The wild Gelderland
Flare
In other news, you may recall that back on 7/11 we added Murphy the Camargue stallion to the herd. For the first time in who knows how long, our stallions outnumbered our mares!

Well, this didn't last. Since then, two more petite mares have joined the ranks. 

The first mare is the result of more of Bethany's shameless livery stalking. There Bethany was, clicking happily through the adoptable horses, when she found her:
A beautiful bay Mongolian mare! Not only have we caught a great one (love you, Poinsettia), but now we find another one in the livery?! Oh, the coincidences of HI2!
Poinsettia
Bethany called us all over to admire the little Poinsettia look-alike. She may be smaller, redder, and have slightly different markings, but there's still quite the strong resemblance between the two, I'd say. To our credit, we did not adopt her right away, deliberately letting some time pass to give others a chance at adopting her. When we came back later and found she was still there, we took it as a sign that she was meant for us! Felicity will be keeping her, and she has named her "Burgundy" after her rich dark red coat.

The second mare is not all that impressive at first glance, but don't let her appearance fool you! She is one talented pony! Normally we avoid spending big bucks on equines as elite as her, as we have more than enough success finding horses as it is and prefer to save our money for other things. But, our buddy was trying super hard to sell her with no bites whatsoever. We didn't have any Dartmoors, and this one is such a cutie... In the end we couldn't resist. 

This mare gets to be mine! Am I lucky or what? 

Her name will not remain "Dart." Nor will it be any of her other former names: "Pippy Longstockings," "Wish," or "Orchideous." (They are socks, not stockings, Windy has already claimed the letter "W," and "Orchideous" sounds more like the name of a villain to me than a cute pony.) I thought I might try to name her after a beverage since our Exmoor is named "Dasani." She does look a bit like iced tea, but I'm not sure about calling a horse Lipton or Nestea, and her personality is too even-keel to be a Snapple. Fanta, perhaps? There are varieties that are brownish in color...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Lily's New Companions

Hi! Lily here. As you may recall from earlier posts, my sisters and I had a competition going on since February to see who could most closely predict when we would catch our next 6/6 wild stallion. Bethany the optimist said it would happen in February, Julie picked March because lucky St. Patrick's Day is in it, Felicity picked April because it was her birth month, and I picked "May and beyond." I may have been pessimistic, but even I didn't think we'd have to wait all the way until July!

At long last, Bethany found Murphy on July 11. That means that I win the competition and get to collect the prize, 3 companions of my choice. It took some deliberating, but today I finally made my selections and introduced the companions to 3 of my horses.

If you know anything about me, my first choice will come as no big surprise. I chose a tan and black German Shepherd in honor of my real-life German Shepherd, Winter. I decided to give her to Zesty because their tan and blacks went together so well and because they are both very energetic.
Zesty and SummerSun
The second companion I picked: a frog! This may strike you as silly, since a frog isn't an expensive or prestigious companion. But I'm rather fond of frogs - always have been. I even have a frog-themed bedspread on my bed! I gave him to Rosetta because she seems kind of princess-y to me, and you know what can happen between princess and frogs! The frog also nicely complements Rose's green accessories.
Rosetta and PrinceCharming
My last pick: an okapi calf! I hadn't seen one of these on HI2 before this morning, to be honest. I happened to see it on one of my buddy's horses and knew then that I wanted one of my own! That face, those huge ears, the stripes... Who could resist? Jessamine is very pleased to have such an exotic companion. She had been jealous of Balderdash's firefly entourage for some time. XD
Jessamine and Safari
Thanks, sisters! I'm so happy with all three of them! <3

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Murphy

Hello, everybody. Happy 7/11! This particular 7/11 is a historic day for us on HI2. 

We have not had the honor of catching a 6/6 wild stallion since Julie caught Vaquero the AQH back on June 14, 2014. Finally, after over a year of not-so-patiently waiting, the drought is over! It happened this morning on Swampy Isle. Let's see if you can guess which equine it was!

Was it...

A. This grey Camargue (identical avatar to our 6/6 Mistral)


B. This 11.3 hand dark bay Kerry Bog Pony (1 inch too short for us to justify keeping him)

- or - 

C. This palomino frame overo Chincoteague Pony (same avatar as one of our first Millennium Fields retirees, Stormy, and the same breed as our recent addition to the herd, Halley)







It



was...








A. Naturally. 

I was actually riding Della, not Mistral, when I found him, but I switched to Mistral for the screenshot. I kept on riding him while I caught the two ponies as well, since he likes marshy terrain more than poor Della (she has so much white feathering to get waterlogged and dirty) ;^)

Let's take a closer look at the look-alikes, shall we?

Here is the new guy. I have named him Murphy.

As you can see, when you look past coat color, they are far from identical. Murphy has a some flecks that make him look almost fleabitten gray, while Mistral does not. Murphy's face is marking-less, while Mistral's is bald. Murphy is also 3 inches shorter than Mistral. 

The two have quite different personalities and different stat distributions as well. They do have identical strength stats, though. Go figure. =)


We are keeping Mr. Murphy, of course. Mistral is quite pleased to have a fellow Camargue in the herd at last. (We have considered keeping several other Camargues since him but have always decided against it... until now.) This also means that Lily wins our competition, since she was the one who guessed we wouldn't find a 6/6 wild stallion until May or later. I wonder which companions she will want as her prizes?

One more thing: notice that in my screenshots with the wild horses that our player name is white! Our second yearly sub token expired on Thursday. Mom paid for a new one for us, and I had just activated it moments before finding Murphy. It was as if HI2 was thanking us for our support. =^) Our name didn't turn blue (to indicate we were subscribed) until our next log in. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stones and Shadowfax

Yoshi and I explored a few of the Desert Isles one day this week. We were lucky enough to find 2 mother horse stones along with a couple of wild horses!
This is the first one Yoshi had ever seen, hence he had to fully investigate. :)
Stone #2
One of the wild horses we found roaming the scorching sands was this pale Andalusian. 

5/6 and +74. Not bad at all! And he reminded me of Shadowfax, the horse Gandalf rides in The Lord of the Rings.
See what I mean?
Even so, we decided one dictator in our herd is enough.
Love ya, Xana
So we surrendered the Shadowfax look-alike to the humane society. Somebody was probably quite pleased to find him! It's too bad you can't find out who - if anybody - adopts a horse you surrender. Wouldn't it be cool if a message popped up that said "so and so adopted horse so and so" the instant it happens? It works that way with the auctions... =^)

Before I go, in case you were wondering from last week, Julie and I worked it out: she will be Phoenix's owner, and I will be the owner of the new Chincoteague Pony. She will henceforth be known as Halley after Halley's Comet. We have opted to pronounce it like it rhymes with "valley" rather than "Bailey" since we have a cousin named Haylee. According to what we've read online, either pronunciation is legit. ;^)
Phoenix and his entourage 
Halley's Comet
Halley <3

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Goodbye Grullo, Hello Pinto

Well, our flute has given us a third noteworthy Lusitano stallion now. The first horse our flute lured us was a brown Lusitano stallion. He occupies a prime spot on our ranch isle next to the treehouse and a giraffe hedge:
Hi, August.
On Mom's birthday this year, our flute summoned us a 0/6 black Lusitano stallion.

And here is Lusitano stallion #3, a 5/6 grullo that Quickstep and I fluted near some lemon trees on Birch. 
Aw, golden toes.
Drat, just 3 measly stat points short of being our Murphy and ending our 6/6 stallion drought. I was really tempted by this guy anyway, what with his awesome grullo coat without a single white marking and his great (albeit antisocial) personality. If his stats had been higher and if his avatar wasn't so similar to Teddy's (Julie's red roan AQH), I don't think I'd have been able to let him go. But, this morning, I sucked it up, wished him well, and put him in the Humane Society. He wasn't adopted immediately, but when Julie logged in about two hours later, she told me he was gone. Hopefully he found a good home!

Part of the reason why I decided for sure not to keep Mr. Almost 6/6 is because of this special Chincoteague:
Fittingly, it was a buddy nicknamed Pinto who caught her on Monday this week. Not sure which isle - we'll have to ask her. 

To our delight, Pinto gave her to Pepsi last night! We are thrilled. We absolutely love her one white coronet, her bi-colored mane, her smiling rosy muzzle, and the big black patch over her eye.  She also happens to be our first overo-patterned equine, our first equine with a piebald avatar, and our first Chincoteague. Like I said, she's special! Bethany and Julie are stilling working out between them who will own Phoenix and who will own this Chincoteague. 

We're also still deciding on a name. "Twisted Comet" is a fine name, but it doesn't conform to our one-word naming pattern. Just "Comet" could have theoretically worked, but it makes me think of the golden retriever on the show Full House. I sort-of shot that idea down. So, we've been brainstorming a bit, trying to keep our ideas space-related. Here they are so far in alphabetical order:
  • Elara (one of Jupiter's moons. Sounds pretty.)
  • Halley (after Halley's Comet. We checked and it does get through the filter.)
  • Nebula (per Wikipedia, this is "an interstellar cloud" of dust or ionized gas)
  • Nova (per Wikipedia, this is "a cataclysmic nuclear explosion on a white dwarf, which causes a sudden brightening of the star")
  • Orbit 
Hmm, this isn't going to be easy...