Virtual Pwnies

Virtual Pwnies
Delving into the overlooked world of horses in media and video games.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Marin Humane Society Fundraiser

Hi all,

If you are reading this blog post you are either a watcher, a forum member who clicked on my signature, someone who stumbled across the site from Google, or you may be someone who is checking out my donated item listing on the Leg-Up Equestrian Auction.  This is to benefit the care of horses taken in by the Marin Humane Society.  Specifically horses seized from Jill Burnell of Gray Fox Farms.

Info on the situation here:   HGS, Fuglyblog, COTH, Rate My Horse Pro

The items I am offering are Virtual EquID horse identification cards for 3 horses.

Since I lack a propper website to show these and their details I am using this blog to explain.  These started as a senior project I did in college.  I was a graphic art major with a minor in equine studies.  I combined both into making horse IDs.  My alma mater, Centenary College, has an equestrian facility with many horses.  And to a freshman, they all start to look alike and it can be hard to initially pick out individual horses from one another.  Especially if the horses who live outside all seem to be color coded with all the chestnuts, grays, and bays grouped together.  So the visual ID's began.

Here are some examples of the first generation of Virtual EquID identification cards.  The new outlines can be in the back 3/4 angle of the images below, or the coggins-style set up of the image at the top of this post.  The new ID outlines keep the horse's mane and forelock to one side (to better show markings) and have clean fetlocks.  (Unless you have a feathery draft or friesian!)

Item details from the auction:

 "Horse IDs custom made to look like your horse for identification purposes. These are fully customized by the artist to look like the horse. Not only in color but body type as well. (We can make minis, donkeys, and mules too!) The IDs will include info such as breed, color, markings, date of birth and unique features. The winner will receive 2 copies of each ID. They are 7" by 5" and fully laminated for protection."

When mounting on a stall door we suggest either stapling to wood through the lamination plastic (there will be 1/4" excess lamination on all sides for this purpose).  Or using double sided and/or rolled duct tape.  Do not pierce through the paper as it may cause moisture to seep into the image and cause color bleeding.  If kept in a shaded area away from direct sunlight these ID's can last for years.  The friends of mine who own the bay morgan on the bottom have their ID of him still mounted on his stall door and looking good from 2009!

Students at Centenary College have stated that these IDs helped them identify horses faster and made working at the barn easier.  Teachers have stated that the IDs allowed them to more quickly learn who the new additions were to the stables.  There were less mix-ups when finding lesson horses, and they are fun to look at.

I hope whomever wins the listing enjoys them!  All proceeds go towards helping the seized horses at the Marin Humane Society.  Please email any questions about the auction to

A huge thanks to Leg-Up Equestrian and Kathy for setting up the auction site.  Another thanks to all of the donors and bidders!

Horse photos by Christine Jordan, Heather Puleo, and myself.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

George Morris vs. Chuck Norris

George Morris, the Olympic medal winning man who keeps on riding.  And now, internet memes are making him the equivalent of Chuck Norris in the horse world, with tales of his awesomeness.  I'm actually surprised we horse people never thought of doing this before now.

I did get the experience of seeing him at clinics and I do have to say, not all of these may be exaggerations.  I also wonder, if we ever get George Morris and Chuck Norris in the same room, there may be an ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny.