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Model Horse Showing 1- My Hobby Confession

12/3/13

Breyer Model Horses is following along as collector and horse lover Lauren Mauldin of She Moved to Texas explains various aspects of the model horse showing hobby. The first in her series is below! You can read the full article here. Jennifer Buxton will be contributing some of the photography throughout the series.


Model Horse Showing 1-My Hobby Confession by Lauren Mauldin

 

A few months back, I wrote a post about equestrian design in the home. In that post, I shared this picture.

What I didn't mention, is that the shiny model horse you see on the second shelf was at one time a lot more than a cute accessory. In fact, he was a tried and true show pony. Yes friends, it's true; I'm a former model horse shower.

To me, model horses are absolutely fascinating. It's a extremely niche hobby that is completely outrageous and fairly unknown by a large amount of the real horse community. Since it's something I've always been interested in, I decided I wanted to share this rather important part of my former life with you readers. Over the next six weeks, I'll be sharing some information about the model horse hobby which I hope you find as interesting as I do.

I've loved all things miniature my entire life and like many of us equestrians, had a sizeable model horse herd when I was a kid. As a teenager I discovered that model horse showing existed through Breyer's "Just About Horses" magazine, and went to two live shows when I was in middle school. I painted some horses, bought a small collection with my allowance, and got busy with other things. Model horse showing faded away.

Flash forward to ten years later. I had just moved to MA away from all my friends and family. I had no horse, no friends and was quite frankly pretty depressed. The idea of model horses came back to me, and to the google I went. Almost overnight I had a network of online model horse friends through message boards and I spent my weekends traveling to "live shows" in the northeast.

I went to my first show shortly after we moved to Plymouth, and I got my butt kicked. So I took the next two years and studied all things model horses. I spent evenings reading model horse message boards and blogs about the latest OFs (original finish) and resins. I researched tons of off the wall horse events to re-create in miniature form. I stitched miniature saddle pads, bought I don't even want to tell you how much stuff on ebay and Model Horse Sales Pages and planned out the classlist for my next model show. In short, I was a little obsessed.

A lot of my reason for absorbing the model horse hobby like a sponge was my lack of friends and depression. It also gave me a horsey outlet when I found myself horseless for the first time in ten years. There's more to it than that though. The hobby has very unique outlets for creative people that I haven't seen in any other craft or competition anywhere. I used my artistic skills painting little horses...

I got to research complicated trail patterns and rules for equestrian sports that I had never heard of before.

I made itty bitty leather bridles, boots, and saddle pads.

Even though I'm no longer a part of the model horse world, I still really respect and enjoy the hobby. Over the upcoming weeks, I want to share a little bit of this world with those of you who may not be familiar with it. We'll cover different types of showing and what I loved so much about these little plastic ponies.

Read the full post at http://www.shemovedtotexas.com/model-horse-showing-i-my-hobby-confession/.

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Comments

BreyerLover2222 Says:
06/26/2016 at 5:20 pm

That is so cool, Lauren Mauldin!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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