Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Old custom horses

For a Throwback Thursday post, how about some new pictures of old horses?  I did these as a quick photo shoot, not putting any time into trying to get the best pictures.  I'm still trying to work out what will hopefully be a semi-permanent photo shoot setup in the new studio.  But for now, these will have to do...

I've been enjoying all of the activity on the Vintage Model Horse Customs page over on Facebook.  I've thought about sharing some of my old customs on there, but I still haven't gotten around to it.  I feel a bit odd sharing my "vintage" models, when many on there are much older - and cooler! - than what I've got to offer.  So, I got the idea to share my own little vintage customs... here in a blog post!

These are Stablemates, except one.  They were all made between 1997 and 2002.  They've all been to some live shows in the past year and several of them have current NAN cards!

"Crown Royale" - a G1 ASB, painted and haired, complete with tiny braided thread mane ribbons.

"Hawke Nevarre" - a... I'm not telling, unless someone can guess the mold - drastic custom Friesian stallion.

He was my very first drastic custom - the one who started it all. I'm thinking he deserves his own post soon.

"Diablo" - a G1 Morgan stallion, redone to a haired, blood bay Andalusian stallion, performing the Spanish Walk.

"Molten Red" - a G2 Stockhorse, painted and tail lowered, to a blood bay Quarter Horse gelding.

"Eastern Autumn" - a G1 Native Dancer, painted to an Appaloosa sport horse mare.

"Days In Avalon" a G1 Native Dancer, painted to a max sabino, white Thoroughbred mare.

"Maskav" - a G1 Native Dancer, slightly remade to an Akhal-Teke stallion with roached mane and haired, shaved tail.

"Gamer" - a G2 Andalusian, repainted to a red dun Lusitano stallion.

"Backflip" - a G2 pony, repainted to a flaxen chestnut Shetland pony stallion

"Wild Honey"  - a G2 Paso, repainted to a chocolate Rocky Mountain Horse mare.
(she had a bit of a makeover late last year)

"Chester" - a G1 Quarter Horse stallion, repainted to a chestnut Quarter Horse stallion.

He's actually not one of my favorites...  but I do like his face.

"Honeybee" - a G2 Paso, repainted to a buckskin Paso Fino mare.

"Della" - an Ertl (remember them?) draft horse, repainted to a Clydesdale mare.

I had freshened up her white areas and her mane and tail ribbons at the Arkansas show last November.  She ended up being my highest placed custom horse at that VERY tough show.

A spontaneous, fun picture of Della and Days In Avalon.  I was randomly curious about Della's size in relation to a Stablemate.  She looks about right in scale to me, especially if you think of Avalon as a tall Thoroughbred...

"Fool's Game" - a G2 Stockhorse, tail lowered and repainted to a bay overo.

She is one of my favorites and always has been.  I actually started painted her to be a sales piece back in the day, but partway through finishing her, I had decided that I might have trouble selling her, because I was liking her so much.  She stayed with me and was never put up for sale.

I hope you enjoyed a look at some of my "oldies".  ;)


  1. Is the Friesian a G2 Rearing Arabian?

    1. No, but that's a good guess! I'll give a clue and reveal that he started as a G1. He's actually the oldest one of them all. :)