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Putting down her roots by Baron-Engel Putting down her roots by Baron-Engel
While I was freaking out over my feathers falling out baron-engel.deviantart.com/art... and upcoming exams, Carousel was busy planting our garden in my Equestria dreamscape.

She’d spent all winter reading about the subject and with my help we’d succeeded in getting the Steedebaker Garden Helper plow ready for spring planting.

At this point I’d like say a couple things.

One, I have not made any serious study of plows or farm equipment in general. This is just what my subconscious came up with, so there may be some big design flaws to it.

Two, when I do sketches from my dreams I often do not attempt to consciously correct any problems that may exist in the design. The point of this exercise is to remember what happened in the dream; I am not doing concept design.

The Garden Helper is designed so one pony can perform all the steps necessary for plowing a small family truck farm or a large garden. Fortunately the fine ponies at the Steedebaker plant in Detrot were kind enough to send us a new owners manual so we could get it up and running with some advice from Applejack.

The biggest problem we had was that the harness and tack were unusable. Fortunately with Rarity’s assistance Carousel had a brand new harness of black leather and brass before Winter Wrap up.

Carousel was so excited to see results of her labors and to finally get a chance to really use her earth pony talent to grow a garden. For the next few days after planting she was constantly going out and checking on the status of the garden. Then one morning she finally could see the first green shoots bursting up through the soft moist soil. She was so excited she ran back inside and brought us out to see them ourselves. She was as excited as a mother watching their foals perform in some school pageant. Applejack would be so proud of her!

To be continued.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
You know, I really like how Carrusel looks with a ponytail. I'mstill rather surprised by her choice of making her own crops. From exotic dancer to farmer. :D
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm still rather surprised by her choice of making her own crops. From exotic dancer to farmer. :D (Big Grin)

Well the way Carousel saw it was this. Applejack is best pony in Carousel's eyes. Applejack is an earth pony so is Carousel. Applejack grows things and since she is best pony Carousel should learn how to do it. Besides it can help the household save bits.
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That last picture is so cute.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Carousel is very, very cute.
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Carol certainly makes farming look good.

Based on what you've seen, just how does earth pony magic work?  I imagine it manifests as an instinctive awareness of soil conditions and plant health, much like how pegasi seem to have that edge when sensing weather patterns.  There's probably that extra bit of luck with plants that earth pony farmers seem to have when compared to pegasi and unicorns of similar training and skill, that "green hoof", as it were.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Carol certainly makes farming look good.

Yeah she somehow makes sweaty and hoofs covered in mud smexy, but then again we're soon going to discover that Carousel using her earth pony magic routinely has certain unexpected and interesting side effects.

Based on what you've seen, just how does earth pony magic work?  I imagine it manifests as an instinctive awareness of soil conditions and plant health, much like how pegasi seem to have that edge when sensing weather patterns.  There's probably that extra bit of luck with plants that earth pony farmers seem to have when compared to pegasi and unicorns of similar training and skill, that "green hoof", as it were.

It is everything that you described and a bit more. Carousel, Applejack and Big Mac have attempted to explain it to Petina and I but I still only have a vague understanding of principle. Not only do earth ponies have a comprehensive understand of the land and the plants that grow on it but they seem to be able connect directly with land.

It is not quite the Gaia principal but there does seem to be some kind of interaction that occurs between the land and the plants and animals that inhabit it. For earth ponies they can almost sense it the way many birds can detect the earth's magnetic field. Of which most earth ponies have a very good sense of direction. Almost as good as pegasus ponies.

These interactions between plants and land seem to help the plants draw the nutrients and water for the plant to grow. With earth ponies they can optimize this interactions to get best results with the least damage to land. In return the land seems to reward the earth ponies for protecting the land with consistent and stable harvests year over year.

While earth ponies don't necessarily consider the land to be sentient, the land does seem to have memory of sorts. It seems to recognize specific earth ponies and families that carefully cultivate the land over generations develop a stronger and stronger bond to the land. That is one of the reasons why Applejack was able to defeat the Deception. One, the land seemed to instinctively recognize the Deception as being a mortal threat and threw its strength behind AJ in the final battle. Effectively selecting her to act as its champion by proxy in the fight. Two, because the final battle occurred specifically on Sweet Apple Acres the contract between the Apple family was at its strongest, and with AJ as its champion the land threw everything it could against the Deception.

Twilight admits that earth pony magic is probably one of the most understudied areas of pony magic since it works in such subtle ways and for centuries the unicorns have considered it unworthy of research. This is a mistake that Twilight is planning to correct if she has any say on the subject.  
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organicmcgee Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I love the idea of a self-guiding plough. Earth Ponies may be excellent agriculturalists, but most people don't stop and think "Wait, how does the draft animal do all that on their own?".

In our world of course, the farmer on the rear end of the old mouldboard isn't there for his health, but in Equestria it would make sense that a plough that didn't need a steering pony would be developed. Although I think it was your friend Catspaw who mentioned an 'old-fashioned' plough which need a secondary pony to keep the furrows straight. Which was also a neat idea.

I imagine that on the big farms steam-ploughing is coming into use. Ponies and Traction Engines! Yes please.
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carlhh Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
PBS is running a bunch of Egypt-centric stuff tonight. I just realized that plow looks an awful lot like an Egyptian war-chariot.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hee, hee. Never thought of it that way, but yeah I can see the similarities. Very Late Kingdom in design.
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:iconhalfnotemlp:
HalfnoteMLP Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:iconepicclapplz:
I love your style, it reminds me of someone elses
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Who may I ask?
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:iconhalfnotemlp:
HalfnoteMLP Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Earthsong9405
[link] <example of her art
I really love the style on both yours and hers, realistic with the 'MLP' touch to it
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes, I've seen her work before and have some of her pieces in my favs.
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:iconhalfnotemlp:
HalfnoteMLP Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I have a lot of her pieces in my faves
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That last picture is adorable xD
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Carousel is a very, very adorable pony.
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very. xD
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Oh em gee~!! Carousel is so adorable~!!
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:icongilhin:
Gilhin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I think that bottom panel is going to having me smiling every time I see it for at least a few months. Carousel has such a great, child-like exuberance to her; through her eyes, everything in the world is full of wonder.

I'm a little more convinced every time I see her that I was right when I supposed a while ago that Petina brought her over to to help you get that same sense of magic, instead of the worry and looming dread that you had when you first arrived.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There may be some merit to your argument. Ponies in general make me smile but being around Carousel in particular does make things usually very joyful.
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:icongilhin:
Gilhin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
as an added thought, it's possible that in the same way people try to keep from swearing around children, the darker parts of of your subconscious will try to 'behave themselves' a bit better around Carousel.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Carousel as Hall Monitor for my subconscious. Amusing.
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:icongilhin:
Gilhin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
somewhere between Hall Monitor and Morality Pet I think, but yes.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There is one cartoon that need to get around to finishing where she is trying to explain dreams to Jessica Knight and Carla Angel in the Angel and Knight Prime dreamscape.
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
^_^ That sounds like one I'd love to see~
Did either of them wind of suggesting that she try sketching out some scenes from her dreams and post them online to share? :3
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No, no they didn't.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As a resident of Michigan, I highly approve that there is a Detrot in Equestria. Kudos to your subconscious Baron.

And like many other people, I freaking LOVE Carousel down at the bottom. I just want to hug her! :love:

... Please don't tell her I said that. ^^;
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And like many other people, I freaking LOVE Carousel down at the bottom. I just want to hug her! :love:

... Please don't tell her I said that.

I don't know she rather likes hugs at times. You just have to be polite, respectful and ask first.
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:iconcolonelyeo:
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall keep that in mind. :)
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
:)
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Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. AJ would find Carousel's antics amusing.
Until they inevitably reminded her of how Apple Bloom was before the Deception got ahold of her.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah,but fortunately there are good ponies working to preserve some of the old Apple Bloom.
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:iconognimod:
Ognimod Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
What made the original harness and tack unusuable? Too old and worn, too uncomfortable?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah the leather was all cracked and brittle.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Heh, she's so cute there at bottom right! It's kind of hard to reconcile that with her more sensuous appearance when she dances at the Prancing Mare.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
She is not a complicated soul and she seems to have a true joy for life. I think Equestria suits her very nicely.
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:iconardashir:
ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I think Equestria suits her very nicely.

Her already being an equine and a MLP fan probably doesn't hurt. Heh, I'd love to see what would happen if the Mane Six went back to Carousel's home and she tried helping them to fit in.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Culture clash!
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:iconardashir:
ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
That almost sounds like the theme for a new series of pictures... I know I'd love to see the girls visiting, say, Andur.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
First Steedebaker, now Detrot. *glee*

The piece in front looks to be some sort of visual guide. I'll bet the whole thing has interchangeable "blades" for different duties.

Bottom right: Oh the cute!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The piece in front looks to be some sort of visual guide. I'll bet the whole thing has interchangeable "blades" for different duties.

Yeah you can get different attachments, but we only have the base blades on it.

Bottom right: Oh the cute!

IT BURNS US PRECIOUS! IT BURNS US SO!!
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:iconognimod:
Ognimod Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
WE LOVES IT!! WE LOVES IT FOREVER!!!
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:iconbelvarius:
Belvarius Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
She's absolutely adorable in that last picture! Hope she has an great crop!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she looks criminally cute with a ponytail which is how she has started where mane. Especially when she's working in the garden. But the concept of a pony with a ponytail is amusing.

Hope she has an great crop!

Yeah, it will help with the food bill for certain.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
But the concept of a pony with a ponytail is amusing.

I bet she's imitating Applejack. Her "favorite pony," IIRC.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well AJ doesn't really wear her mane in a ponytail. She just ties it off along with her tail with the red ribbons.
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Orca19904 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
On the subject of 'ponies with ponytails', :iconjohnjoseco: often draws the Princesses (amongst other ponies) with their manes styled in this fashion.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes I know. I am an avid follower of ask Princess Molestia. I think Petina would really love to meet her.
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Orca19904 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I have a feeling that Petina meeting Molestia would be like Alien vs. Predator. Regardless of whoever wins, the rest of us are in trouble.
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Hinoki01 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
This has got to be /the/ most domestic that Carousel has ever been... or will be!

The look of joy in her eyes as the plants sprout is ADORABLE!

Good on you, Carousel... good on you. ^_^

-Hinoki
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