This week on Mustang A Day Challenge:
Fighting Stallions of Sand Wash Basin HMA
I must say horse watching even on facebook and blogs can blow away a lot of myths you have about wild horses in general. What I discovered was that I only understood about half of herd dynamics and that was from my mostly limited view of the horse from watching my own animals kept in as natural a situation as possible for their own health and well being.
My own personal Myths were the perception of how Stallions actually interacted with each other and their herds. This information I learned from other horsemen who for generations kept domestic, highly bred horses such as Arabians and Thoroughbreds. Even the Quarter Horse and Appaloosa Stallions I knew were rank, scary, pushy and demanded a healthy respect. Having my own stallion for a time I also learned from him but not as much as I have from the accounts of wild stallion behavior from the photographers and horse watchers.
This week I am going to examine those myths of how and why stallions fight as I paint the fighting Stallions of the Sand Wash Basin HMA.
A portion of the money from the sale of this weeks paintings will go to those who’s tireless efforts have been dedicated to the Wild Horses of The Sand Wash Basin to document and help in the preservation of these animals.
Ft Collins Extreme Mustang Makeover
|This challenging Supreme Extreme Mustang,|
hasnt got a name yet but he is definately a
wild child Mustang. I will begin painting
him and the two new Mustang Mares for
Madeline and Roberts efforts to the Supreme
Extreme Mustang Makeover in September.
With only 4 weeks to go to the Ft Collins Mustang Makeover Both Madeleine Lecleric and Robert Carlson have taken on a combined three new horses for the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover(SEMM) event.
Unlike the two Fort Collins horses, Watson and Tango, who will be offered for adoption on the last day of the event, these three new horses were purchased by Madeleine and Robert for the SEMM Challenge.
Training started on the new horses the day they arrived at their Texas training center Where the trainers were holding a two day audit only clinic on How to Start Your Mustang. The three horses, it seemed were as different as night and day. Madeleine’s little roan mare was about average for a mustang fresh out of the BLM holding pens and never been touched. The additional mare they brought home was a sweet little bay, that according to Madeleine only took 5 minutes to halter break and that after noon she had the saddle on for the first time.
|"Going For a Spin"|
8 by 10 Watercolor
by Linda L MartinArtist
|Rosie and Brio Two of the BLM Branded|
Mustang Mares currently at Alder HIll Farm.
Thre are currently 10 plus Mustangs in Residence.
Some are in training and ready for adoption.
Find out more http://www.alderhillfarm.org/