Thursday, March 3, 2011
Adoption: "Chica" from Onaqui HMA, Utah- Challenge Painting #59
When doing a bit of research on the Onaqui Mustangs I came across some very stark photography taken in 2008 and 2009 of the range. Very similar to the Sand Wash Basin in Colorado in plant life, how ever there was far less off it and the vegetation was much lower to the ground. Were that area in normal rain and water levels, one wonders how the range there would look. If you want to know more about the Onaqui Mustangs just search Onaqui Wild Horses and lots of information will appear on google and yahoo.
In their new home with lots of rain, lots of shade from the many hardwood trees, plenty of lush green grass, Chica and her herd mates had gone from complete desert to the green green forests and pastures of the East, specifically in Tennessee. The Mustangs have more than made the adjustment, they are part of daily life for the Strawbridges. " Chica is my love" Karen insisted in her last e-mail. In fact Karen and her family have made it their mission to act in an attitude of gentleness and love toward all of their animals. The more I go on my quest of paint a mustang a day there is one over-riding thing I have discovered: the great ability of mustangs to gently show affection once there is a bond of trust between their owners and themselves. More on getting to that point later in the series.