Daily Archives: October 20, 2013

A Horse of a Different Color – a ST4S/ROW80 post

During some editing of photos from the Green Cty Youth Fair, I came across pictures I’d taken of the youth equestrian events.  A few of them posted here…

A female brindle Akita Inu.It wouldn’t be much for a Some Thing 4 Sunday post, if I left it at that though.  I almost did too, except that I kept reading about one of my favorite characters in Lisanne Norman’s Sholan Alliance novels (Dzaka) as having a brindled coat.  Now since these Sholans are supposed to be felinoid people, I was confused…  Isn’t brindling more of a dog thing?

Brindle HorseWell, turns out that it’s not just for dogs anymore.  There are cases of cows, horses and geckos even being brindled.

A brindled horse looks pretty much like one would expect an animal with that trademark striping on its coat would look like.  But there are many other cool colors to be found in the equine world.

Paint and AppaloosaDapples, roans, paints…  So very many colors to choose from.  If you’re curious, you can find out a lot from this Wikipedia article on Equine Coat Color.  I found out a bunch, and I’ve been thinking about all things horse for well over thirty years (my husband says that’s because I’m a girl–I wonder if he’d say the same for my father, since it was my dad, not my mom who was the horse-lover of my parents).

Akhal-Teke Stallion One of my favorite breeds gets its stunning coloration from the fact that its own hair acts much like the fiber-optic tubes of those fun color-changing lamps we all loved to brush our hands through as kids.  Originally from the Steppes regions of what is now called Turkmenistan, the Akhal-Teke are also known as “Golden Horses”.  The brilliance of their coats is not due to a lot of brushing or polishes.  And while their conformation is a bit long and lean compared to more common breeds such as Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses, there is something incredible striking about the animals.

So how about you?  Did you ever take a look as something as common as the horse and find it holds a world of differences just under the eye?

ROW80 Check-In

Here’s to a … check-in, of sorts.

This has been a week of distraction.  I’ve been easily distracted by anything and everything lately.  Right now I’m fighting myself to write this despite the urge to get up and grab a sweater.  I know if I leave the computer, I’ll start washing dishes or grabbing a snack or making a fresh cup of tea or…

It’s been a week of avoidance and not sleeping, and…

Oh look!  I’ve gotten almost nothing done toward any of my goals.  I’ve tried to decaffeinate, and I’m starting to think that’s a bad idea.  I have the concentration power of a …  Oh, look! SQUIRREL!

So the daily total?  Since Wednesday, one photo edited, about 700 words written (total, not daily), a few chapters read in Risky Writing and nearly 1/3 of Little Princes…  Not nearly enough walking.

Yep.  Fell down off the wagon big time here.

It’s only a few days though, and it wasn’t a complete standstill.  I did make another couple batches of applesauce and add a bit more home-tending (I like this term of Shan Jeniah‘s…  so much less harsh than homework) than most days.

I guess it’s all a matter of focus.  My head says get things ready for the NaNoWriMo, and that means getting my house in order, I guess.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.  😀

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Photo credits:

  • A female brindle Akita Inu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Brindle Horse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)