I'm planning to drive my miniature horse mare, Sour, in our annual Livestock Show and Rodeo parade next February, and I'm itching to start planning her 'look' and making sure that she's desensatized to it. She's a chestnut with a black harness, and will be pulling an easy entry miniature horse cart with me and very likely my trainer in it (just in case, y'know xD she's still on the light side of green)
The parade theme is still TBD but its usually something stupid that isn't really a them like 'We're just having fun' or 'Rodeo Time' so no one actually really cares about it.
I'd like to do something cute with her, but I'm on a tight budget thanks to miss Honor, so I'm coming to you guys for ideas! Her 'colors' are shades of pink and purple (she has a wine halter, purple fly mask, etc) so I'd like to keep it that way, but it doesn't really matter. She has a black driving bridle with a pink noseband sleezie that I can use.
I was thinking something along the lines of a butterfly? Sounds kind of cheesy though . I already about 1 1/2 yards of purple and white butterfly print fabric (its semi-transparent mesh type stuff. I love it), and I can always go to the fabric store for more stuff. So what do you guys think? Any ideas of what to do with the fabric, different ideas for dressing her up, cheap accessories, etc? My only thing is that I don't want to put any paint on her, as it will be too cold to wash it off.
I'm also wondering if theres a way to make my own 'polos' or ear bonnet for her. I just can't justify paying $10-12 plus shipping for a one time thing. The polos would just be for show, not to actually support her legs, so would maybe some fleece type fabric with velcro work? I could get that for like $3 a yard.
Any ideas are welcome :) this is a picture of our cart and her. Just imagine her with a ton more fluff than in this picture. I don't clip her.
How should I do her mane? Pink ribbon in a running brade? Bows with normal braids? Left loose? Flowers woven in? The list is endless...
This is her 'pink' bridle.