Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bethany, Felicity, Julie and I wish our fellow American readers a happy Thanksgiving (and a happy Thursday to everybody else)! ;^) It's a white one for us - more snow has been gently falling all morning. 

This got me in the mood to visit the Glacier Isles on HI2. Here is the Thanksgiving pony that Solo and I fluted this morning:
The placement of the wild couldn't have been better. XD
Aw! I'd forgotten that Exmoors could be found on snowy terrain as well as leaf terrain. She's the same color as Dasani, Bethany's +91 Exmoor mare. This mare's stats are +60 - not bad at all! We surrendered her to the humane association. Hopefully someone will adopt this cutie.

In other news, it looks like we may have found our November horse. It's not a Norwegian breed, like Felicity was hoping for. Felicity did find us our first Norwegian Coldblood Trotter, though. Here he is:
We didn't keep him either, though he was quite handsome. <3

The November horse is also not either of the two 5/6 mares we have been holding:
the pleasant +33 Russian Heavy Draft
the +69 snowstorm Holsteiner
It is... *drumroll*

This horse. Julie and Shady fluted it last night. At first glance, Julie was hopeful that it was a Norwegian Fjord. Nope.

It's a...


Ooh, primitive apricot dun! Check out the awesome barring on her legs!
What a mane! I think Arion might have found his soulmate.
Her stats surpass those of the other 5/6 mares we've caught this month, and clearly she is aware of it. 

One of our first friends on HI2 really liked Przewalski horses. (She probably still does, but I used past tense there because she no longer plays the game.) She and I talked about adopting twin Przewalskis once, but it never happened. I'm glad we held out - this girl's adorable.

We still really like the first two November horse contenders. If only they were stallions! Then we'd be able to justify keeping all three. We may try auctioning them without allowing the foreign bidder to bid to see if anybody on the game is interested. They deserve owners that will appreciate them!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November Snowstorm

A winter storm kicked into gear yesterday afternoon. All schools in the area were closed today due to the hazardous driving conditions. And to think, it's only November 18!

Mom took a few photos in the backyard during a lull in the heavy snow. It's a winter wonderland out there!
Note the leaves on the low branch of the oak tree.
Lots of trees around here still have autumn leaves.
Summer, the family dog, wishing it was still summer
It's getting deep! 
This decorative pagoda has a hat that looks like the Pillsbury Dough Boy's.
I played Horse Isle 2 for a while this morning. Two wild horses were hanging out on Harbor Isle. Xanadu and I also found a $100k pot of gold and a $6k pirate treasure! Talk about hitting the jackpot!

The horses were pretty much opposite in color: one very dark and the other very light. :) The first was a seal brown Canadian Horse stallion:

And the second was a light gray Holsteiner mare:

What a fitting horse to find during the first snowstorm of the season! Her +69 stats trump those of that Russian Heavy Draft mare that Felicity found on Saturday, so it looks like we have a new frontrunner to be the horse we keep this month. Sorry, Russian Heavy Draft!

Felicity took over playing after I was done. She and Zoom searched all of the vast White Isle for horses. I think she really likes the new breed. =) The only wild horses she found were standing pretty close to each other. Take a look!

The one on the left was a 5/6 +53 red chestnut Finnhorse mare - 17 hands tall! The one on the right was a 4/6 +36 dun Norwegian Fjord mare - only 13.1 hands tall. We decided not to keep either, since what we really could use are more stallions.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

It's going to be a long winter

The first snow of the season blanketed our area in the early morning hours on Wednesday. More came Thursday and Friday, and more is on the way for this coming week. I am less than thrilled. 

The newest horse breed to be introduced to Horse Isle 2 couldn't be more appropriate for winter's early arrival: the Norwegian Coldblood Trotter. Norway now has three horse breeds represented on HI2: the Dole, the Norwegian Fjord, and the NCT.

Sadly, no Norwegian horses have joined our herd so far. It's not surprising, as many horse breeds as there are on HI2. We're bound to find a nice 5/6 or 6/6 horse of one of these breeds eventually. I wonder which of the 3 breeds it will be?

Here's an example of each breed taken from HI2's BBB:
"Dole" is also a fruit and veggie company, and consequently this breed will forever be linked to fruit cups in my mind. If I ever get one of these horses, I will probably name it something fruity, like Peachy or Maraschino.

Norwegian Fjord
I especially love the Fjord stallions on HI2 because I think their 2-toned manes look awesome cropped. It might be better if we found a mare, though. Arion (my Thessalian stallion) might be really jealous if another horse showed up rocking an even more impressive mohawk than his.

Norwegian Coldblood Trotter
I hadn't ever even heard of the NCT until it was introduced as a HI2 breed. Such a shame - what cool horses! I really like how the artist? artists? have depicted it. It's fun that - on this game anyway - they come in sabino and splash white in addition to solid colors. 

Since both Fjords and NCTs can only be found on snowy terrain, I decided to head to a snowy isle this morning and see if I might get lucky. Rally and I didn't find any wild horses, unfortunately, but we did get to summon one horse with our flute.

No Norwegian horse this time, but she is quite nice all the same:

If she was a less common color or was a stallion, I would really be tempted to keep her. Her markings are adorable, and you don't see a personality like that every day. Her stats even add up to +33, which is Mom's favorite number. Hmm, I think I'll keep her around until the end of November. If no impressively high stated horses materialize by then, she may make it into the herd yet.