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This is probably the longest this blog has gone without a new post, and I want to thank all the readers who have stuck with me. I have not dropped off the face of the earth, but I have gotten sucked into alternate universe of preparing a book for press. I had hoped to continue posting here at least intermittently through that process, but juggling the demands of the book and the studio have consuming most of my time. If I am going to make my summer deadline for the new book, I am going to have to put the blog on hiatus for the next month or two.

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The upside is that the book that will come out this summer,¬†Equine Tapestry: An Introduction to Colors and Patterns, has grown in scope. I originally intended it as the wished-for color version of the first volume, or more accurately, a color version of the first half which talks about the different colors and patterns. (The second half, which covers the individual breeds, had primarily black and white historical photos.) I also thought I could take the opportunity to expand some of the sections on the oddities, most of which were just mentioned in passing. I was particularly interested in expanding the entries on belton patterning, since I have come to believe there is more than one kind, as well as the various kinds of mismarks and somatic mutations. And of course, I could use more photos since color opened up the possibility to communicate so much more information. This opened the way for the “mission creep” that turned the original Equine Tapestry into a four-volume set! Well, now five volumes, since this new book is a supplement to the series.

It started with the belton patterning, and the fact that the outlines I used in Volume 1 were not really suited to showing the patterning. I needed a horse with a more clearly turned head to show the full face. I also thought that if I was going to do that, I might as well finish up the revised pony outline, too. The pony used in Volume 1 proved problematic because I drew him with long hair, making him a poor choice for any illustrations that communicated information about pattern outlines – which is most of them. So new outlines were drawn.

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The new outlines encouraged me to think about gaps in the information in the original book, and before I knew it I had plans for more charts, and a longer wish-list of photos to include – and much less time for managing the blog or even my personal correspondence.

My goal for the next few weeks is to draw some lines on the scope of this new book so I can accurately assess my publication deadlines. Once I have that done, I’ll better know when the blog is likely to go back online. I will still be posting intermittently on the blog’s Facebook page, since I can usually do that fairly quickly. (I am an avid user of my personal Facebook page, since that allows me to keep some contact with friends and family even in the most obsessive stages of book writing.) Rest assured, though, that it only seems like I am being silent! And once the book is put to bed, I will be chatting here again.

 

If you are just joining us here at the Equine Tapestry blog through the article in the current issue of America’s Horse, welcome! To supplement the information in “Seeing Silver”, I will be adding a series of posts about the silver dilution in the coming days. I would also encourage you to browse through the archived posts, which stretch back a little more than a year now. There is a widget to the right that will allow you to search the archives for key words, or you can click on one of the listed categories to pull up the posts on that topic.

For long-time readers, I still have a few more color oddities to post that might get interspersed with the posts on silver. I am also almost done with the transition of the Splash White Project from the tab here on the blog to a set of pages on the website. Progress there has been hampered somewhat by server outages here on the east coast, but that seems to be improving.

Just a little administrative stuff here. When I started this blog, what I had in mind was a place where people could talk about topics covered in the Equine Tapestry books. There is a lot of information in the first volume of the series, and more to come in the subsequent ones (I say this as I eye the huge stack of notes about pony breeds sitting here beside me), but even so only a fraction of the information is in the books. I though the blog could serve as a place to share that extra information, if it was wanted, but in many ways it has taken on a life of its own. I wanted a conversation, and I certain have gotten that. I just did not expect it to reflect my own rambling, subject-jumping speaking habits quite so closely!

But it is a conversation, and I encourage readers to participate. Feel free to leave a comment here on the blog itself, or send a message through email. You can find that by clicking the sabino horse image under the “Contact Me” button. Questions, observations, photos and links are always welcome. Sharing these makes for a richer experience for everyone.

I also encourage those who participate on Facebook to “Like” our page there. Because I am pretty strict about photo permissions here, and because WordPress is not set up for easy back-and-forth sharing of pictures, many readers use the Facebook page to link to interesting horses online. From time to time the subjects covered here get expanded upon over there. (I do have a personal Facebook page, but it is usually filled with terribly mundane comments about my family members rather than interesting images of horses.) ¬†Clicking on the image below will take you to the page for Equine Tapestry.

I also keep a set of Pinterest boards with collections of links to unusual horses, all sorted into categories and, in some cases, testing status. I need to add to them, but Pinterest is a terrible place for encouraging time-wasting, as the completely unrelated boards full of recipes I will not make, and home decorating projects I will not start, would suggest. Separating out those personal boards and putting together an exclusively horse color Pinterest account is on my list of things to do, but that is a long list! Clicking on the image below will take you to the boards.

As a final note, I have some updates on the books themselves, but I will handle that in a separate post.

 

Okay, it might seem like a stretch to think about winter now when so many of us are looking at triple-digit days, but one of the comments on yesterday’s post had me thinking about seasonal coat changes. Roan horses are notorious for the changes in their color, but many other colors change quite dramatically in winter.

I would like to assemble a collection of comparison shots of summer versus winter coats. This is probably a good time to ask owners, since this is the time to get a good summer shot, and then later get a winter shot of the same horse. I will be doing that with the horses at our barn, but I’d love to have others as well. We have quite a collection of colors there, but like my own mare they tend to appear here a lot. I’d love to have some new faces (and coats). Any color or pattern would be great.

Anyone interested in sending images can use the contact button (the sabino horse to the right), or they can just post them on our spiffy new Facebook page.

 

I set up the Facebook page because it is a much easier way for many people to share photos. It is set so anyone can post to the wall, so feel free to put pictures there. (For those that use Facebook, liking the page is a good way to keep up with my somewhat intermittent posting, since the blog is now set up to “share” the posts here to the page.)