big photo day on saturday!

ok so I didn’t want to tell you guys until I knew it was a sure thing, but J, the woman from the dressage show and the Pete Ramey clinic just got married and she wants to do a photo shoot in the dress with her horses! so I’m headed out there saturday morning! I really excited but also nervous because I want everything to be perfect.

also I just found out that some of the people from the medieval festival that’s going on this weekend want me to come out to photograph the jousting/medieval dress parade so I’ll probably be heading out there right after the other shoot.

I’m not sure when those photos will make it on here because I’m super busy with school right now but I’ll try to post at least a few soon!

my gramma had heart surgery a few months ago and last weekend she was finally feeling well enought to go on an outing so she and I and my mom and sister went to the zoo. I haven’t been since I was little and they have this giant new river otter habitat. it was hard to get photos through the glass because there were so many people moving around but I like this one.

my gramma had heart surgery a few months ago and last weekend she was finally feeling well enought to go on an outing so she and I and my mom and sister went to the zoo. I haven’t been since I was little and they have this giant new river otter habitat. it was hard to get photos through the glass because there were so many people moving around but I like this one.

so I walked into my bathroom to brush my teeth and I flipped on the lights and out of the corner of my eye I see movement so naturally I thought it was a serial killer but no, I had just woken up my fatass cat who had been sleeping in the bathtub. Ollie is an odd cat, and when I proceeded with brushing my teeth he decided to find the exact right spot in the bathroom where he could best get in my way, thus forcing me to scratch him. 

miniature-madness

miniature-madness:

inaminuteiamprocrastinating:

miniature-madness:

equine-ess:

kimblewick:

Oh my god I want 10

HAHAHAHHA OH MY GOODNESS

ok this one is kinda cute but dwarves still sholdn’t be a thing, not with testing avaliable.

okay but not everyone can have their horse tested

EVERY responsible breeder should have their breeding stock tested. if you don’t care enough about the health of your horses to get them tested then you have no business breeding.

the University of Kentucky Animal Genetic Testing and Research Laboratory offers DNA tests for four types of mutations in the aggrecan gene associated with dwarfism in minis. it’s not associated with skeletal atavism though. the four types of mutations are D1, D2, D3, and D4. D1 is lethal in combination with any of the others.

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the top photo is a D2/D2 dwarf, middle is a D2/D4 dwarf, and the bottom photo is a D3/D4 dwarf. 

horses with any of these mutations should not be bred at all. a full panel is only $110 or $40 for each individual test. the cost should be worth it to any breeder that cares about their horses.

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these are both recent articles. as far as I know there is no test for skeletal atavism and if that occurs you should be cautious about breeding those horses.