A Different Type of Career
Do you like to draw? Are you good at painting? Ever think about being an artist who paints horses? There have been many famous artists who have made horses the subject of their paintings and sculptures.
Charles Russell born in 1864, was a western artist who painted many pictures of cowboys, Native Americans and horses. He worked for a time on a sheep ranch then became a cowboy. One very bad Montana winter Russell’s boss asked how the cattle were surviving the snow. Instead of writing a letter Russell painted a watercolor picture on a post card of a very skinny cow being circled by wolves and sent this to his employer. His boss was sorry the cattle were suffering but recognized how talented Russell was as an artist. He displayed the postcard in the window of his store and that is what started Russell’s career. Since Russell had experience as a working cowboy he painted with great detail the anatomy of the horses and the tack that was used. Russell was one of the first western artists to paint a horse running with all 4 feet off the ground. At the gallop all four feet of a horse leaves the ground if only for a moment. Just another detail Russell was known for. His painting first appeared in magazines and as book covers. As his work appeared in more places he was able to paint full time and he began to earn a living. Today a painting by Charles Russell is worth thousands of dollars.
Orren Mixer born in 1920 is another great artist of horses. The American Quarter Horse Association has picked a Mixer painting of a quarter horse as the logo for their organization. This picture is on all their letterhead, website and also a credit card. The original Mixer painting of the quarter horse now hangs in the AQHA corporate office. Mixer has painted many pictures of other animals as well as horses. But he is most famous for being a premier Equine portrait artist.
Go to Google and check out the works of art by these two men and those of others who have used the horse as an inspiration for painting and sculptor. Being an artist can be another career in the horse industry, a way to share your love of horses with others.
Winter Blues Coming Up Soon
Winter is a great time of year. All those pesky mosquitoes and horse flies have gone away and the temperatures are cooler. Horses can adapt to the colder weather easily with just a little help from us. Horses need a place to get out of the weather but can do well even out in the pasture. If they have natural cover such a stand of trees, rolling hills or a low lying areas they can get out of the wind. Horses will turn their rumps to the wind and rain to shield their faces. Horses need plenty of forage such as hay, to eat all day to help them generate body heat. Water is very important for horses any time of the year. In the winter they need water for digestion so keep those buckets from becoming frozen with ice. Some water buckets have built in heaters. You can buy an electric heater for big water tanks but be safe and install them so that the horses can not pull the heater out of the tank. Also protect those curious, fat, furry lips of the horse from chewing on the electrical cord of the heater.
Icelandic ponies are very well suited for the winter weather on their homeland of Iceland. Because the country of Iceland is so isolated at the top of the world, these ponies are one of the world’s purest breed of horse. Other horses have not been imported to the country to combine with the resident animals.
Icelandics are true ponies at 12 to 13.2 hands high and occur in all coat colors. For many years they have been used for transportation and farming hard to reach plots of land. Iceland is very hilly so tractors can not be used everywhere. More and more the ponies are being used for riding around town. They have a smooth ground covering 4 beat gait called the tolt that helps them go very fast over short distances. They are stocky strong ponies with large heads, strong hooves and thick manes and tails. They are very well suited to life on Iceland.
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Q. Rosie the roan is attached to a 10 foot lead line. There is an apple on a
fence post thirty feet away. Rosie goes over and eats it. How does this happen?
A. The other end of the lead line is not tied to anything
Q. What is a horse’s favorite sport?
A. Stable tennis
Q. Every time the groom misplaces a hoof pick, he finds it in the last place he looks. Why?
A. Because when he finds it, he stops looking.
Q. Four Icelandic ponies are named after days of the week that
begin with the letter “T”, but no two are alike. How can this be?
A. They are named Tuesday, Thursday, Today and Tomorrow
Q. A horse breeder had 8 yearlings, he sold all but 5 of them. How many does he have left?
A. He has five left
The words on the left have a horse Homonym, a word that sounds just like the same word but is spelled differently and has a different meaning. Can you guess what they are?
The words on the left can rhyme with a word that might be used with horses.
See if you can figure them out.
Example: Apple – dapple
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