That’s how many horse color images were on my hard drive. Or perhaps I should say that is how many I found and organized. I don’t doubt there are more scattered across the various half-working laptops, thumb drives and disks here at the house. Or, for that matter, hiding in this or that unrelated folder (“Taxes/Kathman family/2005”) because I didn’t realize I had a new directory default when I saved the photo.

But it’s a start! I promised myself that I would do this so I could more easily share my research while I was in Boise for Mayhem. I knew I had a lot of photos, but I never guessed there were more than 12,000 of them. Or that setting them up in folders by breed and then by color or pattern would be quite so difficult. (“Oh, hey… now what is this chestnut generic-looking guy in this photo and why was it that I saved him? And couldn’t I have titled the file something more revealing than Carries_the_Gene?”)

And as the deadline for my trip loomed, the project just took over. So this blog was awfully silent, and my family forgot what home-cooked meals tasted like. And then I left for Boise!

I am home again, though, and busy catching up on all that was dropped in my absence. I have lots of fun things to share from Mayhem, although the project we actually gathered for there will have to wait for Sarah’s announcement. (It’s really cool.) But I hope to post some fun pictures that don’t give it all away sometime later today or tomorrow.

And if for some reason I promised you a picture of a brindle Noriker or a tobiano Fjord, it’s a lot more likely that I can actually find it.

4 Responses to 12,226

  1. Daphne May 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    Wow. Uh, seriously, wow. I have less than 10% of that. Can I pay you to burn it onto a DVD for me or something? ;-P

  2. Heather A@desertnightcreations.com May 19, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    HA! I am the same way with horse colors (For unpainted resins) and Tack!!! Don’t feel alone! hehehe!

  3. Lesli Kathman May 20, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    My only concern, Daphne, is copyright issues. Since they were gathered for my own reference, I wasn’t good about noting where they came from. I really need to ask a good intellectual properties lawyer about the limits of “educational use”. I’ve always thought that keeping the images fell under that, but I’m not if distributing them does.

  4. Laura November 13, 2008 at 12:06 am #

    I would love to spend a day or so on your computer!!! I just love finding odd coloured horses, you have some wonderful examples on your blog, thanks for sharing!

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