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The young eyes of success by Scotston The young eyes of success by Scotston
This is my special special boy

He is a few spot varnish roan Knabstrup. This photo was taken standing on the rise outside his stable, about a year after I bought him from a meat market for 50gns

He's 'ugly' to alot of people. but he certainly isnt to me. :heart:

There is a concave mark across his nose and cheekbones where his original rope halter had cut in. He also has a deep one across his poll which is a permanent scar. We had to have the halter actually cut out of his skin, and it left him with a complete mess. He has to have padded headcollars & headpieces to prevent pressure points as you can literally press your fingers into the hole it left in his neck

He also bears other ugly scar's on his body, especially a deep one around his right forleg. He was badly abused as a youngster and it has left deep scars physically as well as mentally

He was about 3 here, I've had him 10 years now (as of 2013). He's such a character, strong willed, highly intelligent and at times trying, but he is my complete world :)
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griffinlady Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He is beautiful. He has kind eyes, and lots of love to give and needs a lot of love as well. I hope you two form the trust and love needed to thrive. He reminds me of a few very white paint horses I've met. I want to totally scratch his nose and give him some treats :)
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Scotston Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) I've had him a wonderful 10 years now - He's in a semi retirement at the moment through no fault of his own, but he's most certainly my horse of a lifetime :hug:
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xcyanide-skies Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's beautiful, why would anyone say he's ugly?? D:
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Scotston Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You'd be surprised at the things he's been called!
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xcyanide-skies Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww poor baby, he's sooo gorgeous :heart:
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Scotston Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, he appreciates it :D
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Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He reminds me so much of a horse at my riding stables called Custard, it's the eyes :3
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Scotston Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! he's always had something about him that captivates me :)
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loveforRuka Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great headshot!
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Scotston Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Bellayona Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student General Artist
He is GORGEOUS.
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Scotston Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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HitokiriHimura Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
He is a lovely looking horse :D I like Cremellos ^^ (Mum doesn't, so she's one of the "many people" who'd think this gorgeous guy is ugly ._.)

I have a horse at my Training College who had been abused the same way as this guy, the teachers who looks after the horses also had to cut the halter off. But she's all lovely now :nod: (and incredibly reflective eyes o_o).
Animal abuse is just seriously wrong ._.
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Scotston Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou!
I agree, Cremellos are gorgeous!

Thats really great - it's sad that the seemingly 'ugly' horses get even less of a chance, great on the teachers for giving her one though!
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HitokiriHimura Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
No problem ^^
At the agistment where I keep my two horses (Crabbet Arab and Mountain Brumby), there's a Cremello there :D He's a bit of a hyper horse though, lol.

Yeah. I like all horses, "ugly" or not :nod:
Indeed :D The horse's still a little nervous but she'll overcome that eventually :D
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Scotston Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, lucky! Brumbies are gorgeous - just wish we had them over here in the UK!

Keep at it, to give an animal a second chance is such an honorary thing to do :D
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HitokiriHimura Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
:D Brumbies are awesome. Mine's an extremely fuzzy one XD (since he's from Jindabyne/Snowy Mountains) ^^

Yeah ^^
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Stormchaser-Thorne Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
"He's 'ugly' to alot of people. but he certantly isnt to me."
He most certainly isn't ugly to me either! He has GORGEOUS baby blue eyes :aww:

I really am horrified about the halter that was left on him - it's the sort of thing i've heard about but not really....i dunno, considered in reality...
But he is one gorgeous boy in this photo :+fav:
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Scotston Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :hug:

I can completley understand, its kinda the sort of thing people hear about, but it doesnt really sink in because it just seems SO cruel, until you really see it in person, which is the worst part as then it dawn's that people really are that cruel!

It's left such a scar on him, it's taken this whole time to heal, but because it cut into the muscle, it wont fully heal, which leaves a gap of about an inch across and two inches deep, that you can actually put your fingers on and press into his head!
Mean's he has thick padded headpieces on his headcollar and bridles ect, but its such a small price to make sure hes happy

:hug:
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Stormchaser-Thorne Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
:D At least he's in good hands now
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Scotston Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :hug:
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threepalemoons Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
He's so beautiful.
I love his eyes.

I have 13 horses of my own~ :D
They all have their own personalities, just like humans.
It amazes me xD
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Scotston Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree. I've worked with alot of horses coming from the same background's he has, and rescued alot of them. They all have such wonderful personalities, they just dont always show though, especially when the heart and trust is beaten out of them, like what happened to Spud.
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threepalemoons Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I do the same. All mine but one were rescue cases. I love them so much. I really don't see how anyone could ever harm a horse. They're far to lovely of a creature, inside and out to be abused. But, I suppose some people are very cruel. If I had more room, I'd rescue a lot more. Here at auctions, because the economy is so bad, horses are selling for less than 25 USD. So, meat buyers are having a field day =/
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Scotston Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Big problem i always had to consider is that no matter how many are "rescued" there's always going to be alot more.
Dealer's can sell a horse at auction to be picked up for as cheap as possible [around £50 to 100 depending on the 'quality' of the sale property] and can get about £200-350 for the horse for meat, depending of the size, how much muscle, horses weight ect.
But if they say to knowingly 'emotional' people, they can point out the horse is going for dog food, and there will often always be someone who jump's in to "save the horse from death" at twice the price, which only fund's the industry as then the dealer can buy another two horses for the price he sold one for.

At the same time, alot of people reckon that horses are seperate from the 'what should be on a human dinner plate' arguement, and say they shouldnt be eaten, and that there 'will always be' people in 'rescue centers' who will take them on. Sadly it's just utterly and completley untrue, and alot of horses would actually suffer that way. Even though its awful that they are truly amazing animal's and in a perfect world they wouldnt be eaten by animal nor person

I still try to see all those points, bu think, a life saved is a life saved. And often, they prove to be very good horses. Not always, but often.
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