My current hot topic, of course, is buying Capucine (horse #3; horse #1, Julian and horse #2, Petit Point CF have their own pages already). I am buying her sight unseen (literally -- haven't even seen pictures.) That sounds utterly mad, but I rather relish the effect. The facts are that I owned her half-brother; that Petit Point is fairly closely related to her, and that I really like what I've seen of her mother and her other half-brother.
To understand what she is and why I feel I must buy her, even if it means I have to live on peanut butter for the rest of the summer, would take more words than I really feel like writing. This article about the Davenport Arabian horses describes their modern-day influence on American Arabian breeding, and adds quite a bit about the history of the importation. That whole site (or group of cross-linked sites) can take a day or two to read through, if you're bitten by the bug. To suffice, though, there are about 800 living Davenport Arabian horses in the world; Capucine and Petit Point CF are two of them. Capucine, in particular, descends from a particular horse in that importation, *Farha; there are perhaps as many as a dozen living horses that can say the same. Probably fewer. Only four of those horses are mares; Capucine is one of those.
Suffice it to say, I had to.
But there are a thousand things that go into buying a horse on the other side of the country from you, and another thousand things that go into breeding a mare, whether she be near or far, and when you add on top of that, that I am breeding Petit Point as well this year (foals should have someone their own age to play with), well, some nights I wonder if I'm trying to see how much I can take before I tear all my hair out. (I am vain about my hair.)
Traveling. Dogs. German Shepherd rescue. Horses. Cat showing (still). Cat breeding, ditto. Burgeoning poly relationships. Active S/M play, after some five or six years of being out of it. I can complain, but never of boredom.