Denver Zoo: Equid

While in Denver, I made sure to visit the Denver Zoo. I love zoos… I grew up in CA so my family often visited the Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and (occasionally) the San Diego zoos. Not counting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I hadn’t been to a zoo in many years. This was so much fun. I was going around from exhibit to exhibit like an excited little kid.

The big cats were the highlight of the day, but I got lots of photos of other animals too. Here are the equids!

Przewalski’s horse:

Grevy’s Zebra:

Somali Wild Ass:

When I was leaving work last week, I spotted two robins.

I get really excited when I start seeing robins again, because to me, they are a reminder that yes, spring is coming and yes, winter will end. Even though this winter was unusually mild, some Montana winters definitely feel like they’re going to last forever.
Those two birds brought some much-needed hope after a horrible week.

With everything that’s been going on in the world, I’ve found it really hard to focus. Last week I was having panic attacks, and this week the anxiety has (so far) been replaced with anger, frustration and sadness, mostly towards people who still refuse to take this seriously. Working from home is not possible for me, but I don’t work with the public and can practice social distancing easily. Still, I’m stressed out about it, but trying to be grateful and careful. I’m feeling very uncertain about what will happen next.

Local news is about as much as I can take at the moment. I do try to keep an eye on what’s going on worldwide but it quickly becomes overwhelming.

At times I’ve found it necessary to shut everything off so I can focus on reading or model horse tack instead. I’ve been wanting to make a show headstall to match the western saddle I made last year, so that’s been my current project. I finished it up yesterday.

This one I made to fit my Zippo, and I tried really hard to make sure everything fit correctly.

I’m really glad I had enough silver beads to make two ear loops.

Off the horse:

Like the saddle, I tried to cram as much detail in this piece as I possibly could.

The curb strap took at least two hours to put together because my first attempt was too big and bulky. It’s glued in place, so it can’t be adjusted, but I never want to have to adjust it anyway!

The reins annoy me… I might go back and notch the folds so they aren’t so tight in the bit. But aside from that I’m really pleased with how this bridle turned out. It is a personal piece and will not be for sale.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope that you’re well and staying safe. ❤️

Driving Demonstration

Unlike last year, I didn’t take hundreds and hundreds of photos at the expo. But I did get some that I figured I might as well share here, so…

This was one of the Colorado Driving Society’s workshops, where they were demonstrating how to harness, hitch and drive a horse.

I was under the impression that this was something you had to sign up for beforehand, but I’m not sure. It would have been cool to get up close photos!

They started by showing how to harness the horse.

Then how to hitch him to the cart.

Off they go!

I like the studded detail on this harness:

Bonus dog!