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
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!
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...

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