Saturday, April 30, 2016

Long Live Livery Stalking!

It was your average Wednesday evening, around 7 pm our time. After dropping a 3/6 wild off at the Narrowed auction house, I figured I might as well have a look in the livery on my way north.

I started clicking through the horses: cute Abacos, two 5/6 Appaloosas, a pretty apricot dun Argentine Polo Pony... Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. Before long I got to the lone Connemara, a dark bay stallion - fully trained, 6/6, awesome stats. I was really tempted to adopt him, but I left him be. 
1. I figured somebody was passing him on to someone else, and I didn't want to be that click-happy person who screws it all up. 
2. We already have a 6/6 livery-found Connemara, the beautiful Esker. 
3. For once, stallions outnumber mares in the herd, so it's really mares I should be looking at if I'm going to look at any.

On I clicked. And then there he was:

Oh my goodness! Another! Still, I was hesitant. He was another he, after all, and his name made it seem like he was intended for this MysteryDream player.

As I clicked on, I became more and more amazed. The parade of exceptional horses continued. I saw a gorgeous dapple gray Kinsky, several stunning Morabs, a petite Shire, a handsome dun Sal, a Swedish Warmblood, a mare-stallion pair of blue-eyed black sabino Tennessee Walkers, and a bunch of Westies.

More were in the parade than I've listed - these are just the ones that I found most memorable. I was in too much of a rush to document all this with screenshots like I should've. As best I remember, nearly all were 6/6 with tons of experience and trainings, and the majority of them were stallions. Many had personalized profiles (though clearly the Kaimanawa did not). All of these gems sprinkled in amongst the average livery horses were surrendered by the same player. Whoa! I sure wonder what the story was behind this!

The first thing I did once I reached the end of the list was to go back for the Kaimanawa. Looking at him and one of his former names, Blueberry, gave me serious deja vu. Maybe I really have seen him in competition or for sale before, or maybe he just reminds me of a wild I've caught of the same breed and color. Whatever the case, the Kaimanawa had not been claimed my MysteryDream or anyone else and was still there. However, many of the others, I noticed as I scrolled, had already vanished. Presumably, word of what was going down in the livery was spreading, and quickly. I took the Kaimanawa's continued presence and that odd haven't-I-seen-you-before feeling as signs that he should to go home with us.

After adopting him, I went back to check on the Tennessee Walkers. It seemed wrong to split up the pair, though, and I only had room for one more horse at the time. Before I'd made up my mind, both horses had vanished. I returned to the rapidly-disappearing Westies, hoping maybe to find a mare still left, since I'd just screwed up our mare to stallion ratio even more. Sure enough, the one I'd thought was the prettiest was still there, this perlino:

I took her home too.

Mom has a page-a-day horse calendar this year. We didn't realize it until later, but guess what color the horse was on the page for that day? 

A perlino! Gotta love these horsey coincidences. =)

Here's what the horses look like in avatar form:
The Kaimanawa. He looks like a super dark 7Up. =)
For comparison: 7Up, our Shagya Arabian mare
The Westie
For comparison: our only other perlino, Aspen the snowflake perlino Nez
Wow, talk about being in the right place at the right time! These new horses have left our barns nearly full. Sorry sisters, but I ask you: how was I supposed to resist commemorating such an occasion? Never have I seen so many great horses in the livery at once, and I doubt I'll ever witness anything like it again!

Our herd actually went down by one the next day, because our little duplicate Exmoor mare finally found a home! Our buddy Gem offered to take her on after she read Bethany's last post. The pony was ecstatic. Dasani, her twin, was a little sad to see her go, I think, but I assured her I'll take her on plenty of visits to Gem's ranch. Gem has named her Exmoor Vita, after Vitaminwater, a beverage she thoroughly enjoys.

Sometime we need to make our avatars look like identical twins, dress them identically, and ride around together on our Exmoors in identical tack. Just because we can.

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