My Imaginary Horse

I had an imaginary horse when I was younger. Her name was Diamond and she was pure white, of course. My opinion on her breeding shifted through the years, depending on what I was reading. But she was always white.

She started out as a Shagya Arabian. I had a million horse books with breed pages in them and the Shagya was always pure white and they frequently had pictures of them jumping huge grand prix jumps, which is what I wanted to do.

So pretty. And white.
But then I read Justin Morgan Had a Horse and she became part Morgan.

Wait... what.
Morgans were awesome in the book. They were the fastest and the strongest and of course some kid had some kind of unshakable bond with it so I was hooked. Half Shagya, half Morgan. Right. Totally won't look like an abomination.

I continued reading the horse encyclopedias and decided that my dream horse needed a dream temperament as well. After perusing the horse encyclopedias the horse that had the 'best' temperament was the cowboy's old standby: the Quarter Horse.

I really hope 12 year old me liked foundation stock.
Not halter stock.
Let's be real, she was still white.

There we go. Front legs of a champion jumper.
But she still wasn't complete. Or, I still wasn't done reading. Because I of course picked up the Thoroughbred series which may well have shaped me for the rest of my life and all their horses were (obviously) Thoroughbreds. And so she reached her final form.

Why is Japan full of white TBs?
One quarter each of Shagya Arabian, Morgan, Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred. Oh and still pure white. Notice I am not saying grey because she is not grey or dappled she is WHITE.

My love for this animal is not an accident...
I really don't want to know what Morgan/Shagya Arab/QH/Thoroughbred cross would look like. But I kind doubt it's ability to do grand prix jumps. Or be... not... hideous.

It would probably look like this.
What that abomination would or wouldn't look like is irrelevant now. I realize the error of my psychotic twelve year old ways and no longer base my love on breeds in books I read because I have real life experience now! I actually didn't even look at any greys when I was horse shopping. Once you've had to get a new asshole sewn on a grey you never want to deal with the melanomas ever again. (I'm lookin' at you, Juanita)

So my dream horse now looks a little more like this:


And he's better than any horse I've ever read about anyway.





Comments

  1. Whyyyyyy did I have to become obsessed with a breed that's 75% grey? 😂 But I think your new dream horse is pretty sexy! 😉

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    1. yes he is the shmexiest <3 some pictures he looks so grown up. his face doesnt look that chiseled normally :P

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  2. My childhood obsession was a chestnut with flaxen mane and tail (my friend Flicka). I actually have a chestnut with some flaxen but that was either subconscious or dumb luck. I learned that pretty colors dont automatically make it a good horse at a young age.

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    1. omg i love flaxen hair, and it prob was subconcious.

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  3. time to plan a trip to rolex in 2017 to see Welcome Shadow do her 4* thang stateside!!

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    1. THATS LITERALLY THE BEST IDEA YOUVE EVER HAD

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    1. right?? and now i follow denny emerson on facebook and i want one even MORE. but maybe not mixed... with all that other shit...

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    1. yeah no matter where we're at, we were all crazy horse girls (or boys) at one point.

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    1. LOL see above. all cut from the same cloth

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  7. Oh boy. I had a different horse for each day. And each different horse did a different discipline. I also went on "Iditarod adventures" at recess too. That damn Thoroughbred series though...

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    1. did your horse run next to the car when you went somewhere?? my parents were huge on hiking when i was younger. or, as i called it, trail riding.

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  8. This is the best thing I've read in a long while. It's a good thing I read this at home and not at work because that last white horse photo brought tears.

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    1. don't google bad conformation horse some really sketchy stuff comes out...

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  9. I had imaginary horses too, but not white ones. I hate grooming so white is basically the worst thing for me. I still use one of my imaginary horse's names as an alias.

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    1. HAH do you? what is it?

      the nice thing about imaginary horses is they NEVER get dirty :P

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  10. As I'm older all of my fictional horses were black-Black Beauty, Black Stallion and Fury. With chestnut being the second. I ended up with a grey Arab stallion and now have a bay Anglo-Arab. Actually Morabs are quite nice and I looked for one when I was looking to buy but sadly they aren't very popular here in the South and I would've had to go to the East Coast. So your Sh./Morgan cross could've been quite nice! M

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  11. I like the new dream horse too :) I have had a lifelong obsession with dapple greys but have yet to own one... maybe one day!

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