Like many collectors, I find myself with several ponies in my herd that are either bald or otherwise in need of new hair. I have discussed restoration before, but alternate rehairs have been in vogue for several months now in the community. Some collectors have voiced concerns that vintage ponies in perfect condition are being sacrificed for the fun of alternate rehairs.
While I can't speak for all collectors, I'm sure this is not the case. There have been many times I've seen a pony who's body and paint are in excellent shape, but who's hair is less so. I've got a few examples below:
All of these ponies will be staying with me after they've been restored, however I will still be marking the bottom of their feet to show they have been rehaired. This is especially important if you're using the original colour of hair, so that down the line other collectors will know what they're handling.
The reason I'm rehairing these 4 girls now is that I want all the ponies in my herd to look their best when I take their photos for the catalogue pictures. It's the push I finally needed to get to work on these girls. I will post photos of them as they are finished in the coming weeks.