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Take note: there is no fine dividing line between genius and lunacy.
It is, in fact, a large nebulous area, and surprisingly densely populated. Trust me on this - I live there.
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I'm a New Forest Commoner with a small herd of my own ponies, and lucky to be able to have hands-on access to the largest herd of semi-feral animals in the UK (the several thousand ponies which run out on the beautiful New Forest). I have school-age grandchildren, and a personal mental age of (probably) 15 - 17. Go figure!

Genetics is a subject which has had me 'hooked' for some decades now, and I have a particular interest in the genetics of equine coat colour, with a passing acquaintanceship (and understanding of the concepts involved) with this at the molecular level, but far more knowledge and experience of the many ways the genotype affects the visual appearance of the phenotype. Being able to observe closely (during the drift season) a vast number of animals, their parents, offspring, and siblings, enables me to spot colour and pattern relationships and variations, see how colours and patterns influence and affect each other in combination, and pick up on oddities.

As far as the genetics goes, I'm on the 'field vole' side of the team, and not the 'lab rat' side of the team; I'm addicted to (OK, obsessed with!) the real minutiae of phenotypes, and I ask niggly questions of the lab people and hope that I can get someone to 'bite' on a so-far-unresolved question to investigate it at the molecular level. Sometimes it works.

I'd like to be able to do a complete and thorough survey of phenotypes in the Forest (recording every animal in terms of whether it displays characteristics of the influence of sooty, pangare, classic roan, rabicano-type roaning, flaxen, sabino-type or splash-type variations in white-marking patterns such as the precise nature of leg and facial markings, any and all dilutions, and so on, as well as the more obvious basic coat colours), but this could be very hard to achieve as for the majority of the time they are out there 'wild', and the round-up ('drift') season is the only time one can do any hair-by-hair analysis on them. There seems to be a small (very small) number of equines out there with an apparent dilution which does not fit any so-far named-or-known classification; related animals are presenting with a more 'golden' body coat in appearance than non-dilutes, but it is clear that their colour is not champagne, cream, or dun-based. They have simply the wrong characteristics.

I'm also interested in (and reasonably clued-up on) saddlery work.

I have to admit that I am probably an absolute vile horror to work with. Obsessives often are.
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... and here's my message to the generic typo: "He tasks me! He tasks me, and I shall have him! I'll chase him round the Moons of Nibia, and round the Antares Maelstrom, and round perdition's flames before I give him up!" (Courtesy of Khan, of course!)


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Thank you - no idea what it was for, but thank you anyway, lol! ThatPeskyCommoner (talk) 01:30, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

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For your recent message on an arbitration [1] where your comments were humane and thoughtful and show you consider editors as real people rather than faceless names. Thank you for that astute and peace -inspiring comment. (olive (talk) 20:56, 25 March 2011 (UTC))