The alternate title to this post easily could have been “What crazy horse people with no lives do to torture their animals”
So as you all know…I love costume classes. LOVE THEM!
Here was my unicorn and princess costume from last year.
So this year when I found out that they were having a costume class at the In Hand Show I was going to with the borrowed pinto, I knew I had to do it! Luckily, the Pinto’s owner is a drama teacher so as soon as I mentioned costume class she was already off and running. Anyone who has ever done a costume class can tell you that the hardest part of any costume class is the idea. Once you know what you want to do it is just a matter of getting everything together and making it work. Genius struck when we were on vacation in Harry Potter world…and no…it is not what you think. Want a hint?
After walking around Universal Studios several days in a row we saw so many people with “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” shirts that my brain started turning. The pinto is black and white after all. How hard could it be to put together a cat in the hat inspired costume? Well, it turns out that while it can be a little tricky to figure out how you are going to do it, once you figure it out it is not a hard costume to make. The horses costume was by far the hardest part.
1) Used white bell boots (left over from the days of my victory gallops) with little child sized white gloves attached to them using velcro
2) Black polo wraps to give the look of black “arms” as well as protection in case the horse gets upset looking at all the other scary costumes around.
3) A red tie. This was actually a hard idea to come up with. I can barely sew. I had wanted to make the whole thing out of fabric, but after 4 failed attempts I knew I had to try something else. I ended up making my poor mother help me make a v-shaped fabric piece that I attached with velcro (based on a neck ribbon). To that I found some glitter encrusted foam (what I used to make my unicorn horn last year) that I cut out into a bow pattern.
4) The crucial part of this costume was the hat! The pinto’s owner was able to attach the hat to the bridle in 4 places and practice with it so it would not come off. Lots of sugar was involved in making our black and white friend a willing participant.
Add in two humans with the giggles in red from head to toe and you have yourselves a costume!
So I tried to take pictures of the other participants in the costume class (there were 7 in all), but being a part of the class myself I did not to to take pictures of all of them. Here are a few though…
But even with all that stiff competition…
Yup, I get to keep my undefeated title in equine costume classes going for yet another year!