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Urgent–Icelandic Horses Need Your Help!

posted by Karen Hood
Monday, November 15, 2010
Dear Readers,
I received the following distressing email this weekend and was very disturbed to see this. We do not know which farm or farms sent these Icelandic horses to slaughter but it was definitely not our farm. These horses are currently located in Toppenish, near Yakima–not a far drive at all to save a life! Please be careful who you sell your horses to and help us rescue these wonderful animals!
Thank you,
Karen Hood
You may have been reading about the herd of Icelandic ponies that were dumped at the feedlot in Toppenish over the weekend and are available for adoption this week.  There were 60 originally, and there are about 40 left.  The slaughter buyer from Canada is coming on Sunday Nov 21 to pick up the ones that aren’t adopted.  If you are interested in saving one of these ponies’ lives or know anyone else that might be, call Sam at (509) 952-3866. Sam is trying to convince the feedlot to give her another week to find owners, so let’s hope. They are selling them for $475 for the smaller ones, and $575 for the larger ones.  They looked to be mostly 12-14hh, and very stout.  I’ve heard different versions of how they got there, and haven’t confirmed any yet.  Sam said they are from an Icelandic breeder, and they are 2-14 years old, and should be halter broke at least.  Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.  Because there were so many, and they were moving in a herd, I couldn’t really single any out to examine them, but they seemed healthy and strong as far as I could tell.  As with any horse adopted from the feedlot, they would have to be quarantined for a few weeks in case of illness they might have picked up at the feedlot.  If anyone adopts one and doesn’t have a place to quarantine, you can put it in my round pen with mine, as long as you provide the hay. The mares have been exposed to stallions, so some may be bred. I’ve asked Dr. Root if he would consider offering a discount for a vet check for people that have adopted these ponies, and am waiting to hear back from him.  I have no idea if there are any geldings, or if they are all still stallions.  I can say that not one of them acted studdy last night though.
There were lots of sorrels with flaxen mane/tail, a few grays, a gruella, a buckskin, solid blacks, and some paints.  I think most of the paints were spoken for though.  We adopted a white one.
These are awesome ponies, very gentle disposition, intelligent, and gaited.  It would be a tragedy for them to go to slaughter, as it would be with any sound horse.
Please pass this on, and keep them in your prayers.

A Beginner’s Guide to Model Horse Collecting

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, June 11, 2009

by Terry McNamee
Source: Suite 101

The model horse hobby is increasing every day among people of all ages. For newcomers to the hobby, here’s a crash course on the most popular types of collectible models.

It’s easy for a new model horse collector to be mystified by all the different kinds of horses available. Fortunately, there are models to suit everyone’s taste, even some in wild decorator colours and designs. They come in resin, plastic, china, porcelain, ceramic and metal. They can be hand made, mass produced, made in a factory or custom cast by an artist. Some are original sculptures. This article features readily available plastic and ceramic models.

Plastic Model Horses

The most popular collector models, made by Breyer of New Jersey, come in a huge choice of molds and colours. The five size categories range from one inch to over eight inches tall. Prices vary, mostly depending on size. They start at under $5, but some “Special Run” (limited production) horses can run well over $100 each. This company also sells many accessories, including riders, tack and jumps, and occasionally offers porcelain horses, too. They are readily available and appeal to all ages.

The Peter Stone Company of Indiana makes a variety of horses, mostly in limited numbers and therefore more expensive. This company has far fewer molds, but does a wide selection of colours on each mold. They come in three sizes, with the largest being the same scale as the large Breyers. They range from about $5 for small ones to over $100. Higher priced one-of-a-kind versions are offered regularly at auction.

The Schleich and Safari horses from Germany are made of a rubber-like substance. Most of the earlier molds are toys, but the later designs are quite collectible. They are very inexpensive and average about four or five inches tall. They are especially popular with younger collectors, since they are durable and come with many accessories.

American-made Hartland horses are seldom seen at model horse shows today, as they are less realistic, but they have a special charm. There are many molds and sizes and a good selection of matching riders. Older ones in mint condition often sell for high prices to Hartland collectors.

China, Ceramic and Porcelain Horses

Beswicks from England cost anywhere from $50 for a small brown foal to over $2,000 for a rare mold or colour. They were made for several decades and in many sizes and breeds. They are relatively sturdy for a breakable model, and easy to find in mint condition. Some carried the Royal Doulton mark. Brown is least expensive, but the price goes up for dapple grey and Palomino. The most expensive and rare are rocking horse grey, chestnut and blue.

Hagen-Renaker of California made beautiful, inexpensive ceramic horses in the 1950s through the 1970s. Unfortunately, they broke very easily. As a result, unbroken horses from this period are expensive. A large “Designer’s Workshop” horse in mint condition can go for hundreds of dollars today, quite a jump from its original price of about $5! Hagen-Renaker is still making horses today, but mostly in miniature sizes.

The Lakeshore Collection in Illinois specializes in porcelain horses slightly smaller than a large Breyer. They are made with an extremely durable finish, and come in just five molds: Arabian, Haflinger, Morgan, cantering pony and Thoroughbred. They average around $100 each and are very popular with model showers. This company also offers a costlier Art of Fire line of raku decorator horses. These are unlike anything else on the market, and each one is unique.

How to Collect Horse Racing Memorabilia

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Horse racing memorabilia is the perfect choice for collectors, as there is something for everyone. From the antique program worth thousands of dollars to a derby pin that you can buy for a buck, start your collection and have something to treasure for years to come.

  1. Select the type of memorabilia that you want to collect. Choices can include a program or race card, a derby glass or even a trophy. Paper postcards or race photographs are good choices if you want something inexpensive and easy to store but aficionados can collect awards or even tackle to create a more valuable collection.
  2. Buy several inexpensive items such as bobble heads or race pins to start your collection and become familiar with the pricing and availability of different items. When you know what you can afford, make criteria such as a specific racehorse or particular derby that you are interested in to focus your collection.
  3. Increase the value of your memorabilia by adding rare and antique items such as a signed program or engraved plaque. Horse racing memorabilia is very hard to value as different items have different meaning to various people. General rules are that the older it is, the more valuable, but memorabilia from landmark races such as an anniversary or a well-known racehorse’s numbered win will command a higher price.
  4. Complete any sets that you have started before swapping or selling any part of your collection. Complete sets, even made from inexpensive julep glasses or relatively recent derby cards will command a far better price than an individual item.
  5. Find other collectors of horse racing memorabilia by checking association websites or joining a club. Get tips from enthusiasts about private collections or even events where you could find a celebrity jockey or trainer to sign your memorabilia.


How to Collect Horse Racing Memorabilia