Here is the Hackney, fresh from his final glaze firing. I guess this means I did finish a horse in February, even if I don’t manage to finish the correct horse for NaMoPaiMo!
I have had a few people ask about his unusual pattern. It was closely referenced to the first Hackney I encountered with this type of patterning, Heartlands Blizzard, who was photographed by my friend Liz Bouras at Devon.
Since those photos were taken in 2002, I have seen more examples like Blizzard. The first of the Equine Tapestry books had a (black-and-white) chart with examples. Here is the color version of that same chart for the upcoming second edition of Draft and Coaching Breeds (Volume I). As you can see, the outline and placement of this type of pattern is unusual. I have been looking for just the right mold for this, and I couldn’t resist the temptation of using it with this particular model!
Now that this guy is finished, I am going to start at the beginning with another project. I am also at the same state in some traditional cold-painted projects, so it should be a good opportunity to post some comparisons.