Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
I've been a supporter of Geldy and his family for a few years. Even though I've never met him or his family, I feel very bad for them and I can't imagine having to go through a situation like what they've been through. I really hope that the goverment will end the choke-hold and just let the family go. We are all aware of the conditions in third world counties and what their ways of doing things are, (it's published worldwide on websites, news articles, and movies), so there probably isn't anything that anybody can say that the rest of the world isn't already aware of... I really hope that the government will just let the family get together what little that they have left, and leave the country.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
A very dark photo that Craig took of the halter class. The indoor arena is really dark, and we were a long way away from the door (which has a little bit of light), so the halter photos didn't turn out all that well.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
If you're wondering what an "aladja" is.....well, it's the decorative neckpieces that are generally exhibited on Akhal Tekes. Usually, they are given out to horses who have earned something or have some great importance. Generally turkmen race horses who have done well for their owners at the racetrack get an aladja.
It's reputed that the neckpieces are supposed to be "blessed" by a holy man in Turkmenistan when they are awarded to the horses - (but I'm not sure if this is a romantic tale, or a cold hard fact.) Unfortunately, I don't have any holy men lurking around my household, so these have to be a considered a couple of good ol' fashioned americanized versions.
I made these two out of heavy duty saddle skirting leather with some thinner russet latigo leather on the ends. I dyed the saddle skirting leather to an antique brown and saddle tan (to match the entrants horses), and then decorated them with silver and red crystal conchos and some matching silver buckle ends. A few of the aladjas that I've seen in photos of Turkmenistan have a rope or some yarn ends fastening the leather pieces together, but I had more of a "tougher" heavier duty idea in mind.
They aren't exactly the easiest things in the world to photograph.....(my landscape angle on the camera couldn't capture the lettering when they were laid out flat). So, I buckled them up and did my best to snap a couple of photos.
I hope to do some more of these in the future and add more stuff to them. I'm still learning how to stamp, scroll, and sew on heavy leather - so the more that I practice on smaller projects like this, the better I will get.