Saturday, March 14, 2015

Phantom Stallion

When thinking about a color for my new resin, I tried to think of a real life counterpart to have immortalized. I thought about the various non-famous horses I've met and ridden, but while they were nice to meet, they didn't really leave a big enough mark for me to want a miniature version.
My favorite horses when I was smaller were the ones that lived between book covers. :)

The Phantom Stallion was a horse series written by Terri Farley. The 24 book series was first published in 2002 and the last book came out in 2006. The books revolved around 13-14 year old Sam Foster, her family and friends, and her fight for the mustangs she loved. Here's a synopsis from Amazon.

"When 13-year-old Samantha returns home to her family′s cattle ranch in Nevada, she′s worried. She moved away two years ago to recover from a bad fall off her beloved mustang, Blackie, and she′s still not sure she can get back in the saddle. Her new colt doesn′t seem to like her, and the other ranchers treat her like the boss′s spoiled daughter, and Blackie has been missing since that fateful day.
But that′s just the beginning. When Sam suddenly finds the fate of a mysterious mustang who may or may not be the missing Blackie - resting in her hands, she has to learn to be a real cowgirl, ready or not. The classic theme of a girl and her horse is set against a backdrop of mustangs, tumbleweeds, and a West that′s still Wild."
Living on a ranch in Nevada with a wild horse that only you can control? Yep. I devoured these books.  I read twenty-two of the twenty-four books. For some reason not finishing horse series was something I did when I was in middle school.
Anyways, I thought Dos Brio would be a great version of The Phantom in miniature. From the books, The Phantom was described to have Arab influence and be grey. Dos Brio has a beautiful face and could pass as a once-tamed-horse-gone-wild horse. Plus, the great thing about books is that characters can be interpreted in numerous ways.
Terri Farley found the real life version of the fictional horse. The story behind him is on her website.
I made a halter to go with my resin and name plate. I changed the way I did the name plate and instead of getting a semi-good result once out of four times, I got solid and clear results the first time around! So yay.
The Phantom went by numerous names in the book, so I made 2 halter nameplates. One says Phantom and the other Zanzibar.
Not sure about which halter nameplate I like better. Thoughts?


  1. I was always very very very fond of his name Zanzibar (and still am) However I'm not sure if his "secret" name would be put on his halter. :D

  2. I like the name phantom better. I think it suits the look of him. Your nameplate halters kill me! They're so pretty and perfect. My attempts have not been very successful.

    1. Don't give up! You'll get it. :)

      *Look at my pinterest under miniature projects. That may help you.