|"Jingles and Juniper"|
5 by 7 inche Watercolor
by Linda L MartinArtist
"The story of Juniper (colt) and Jingles (mare) has captured a lot of hearts. These photos were taken in late Oct, 2010. Wildlife Photographer, Barbara Wheeler spotted Jingles and her newborn in mid-Sept. When we reported that we'd spotted a mare who was extremely down in weight, we had a lot of people telling us that was normal for a mare who'd just foaled. But upon seeing the photos, people were surprised at just how down in weight she was. Coming into winter, when the snow could be several feet deep, we questioned whether she and her colt would survive.
The winter has been kind to her...no snow on the mountain! This has enabled her to continue to get enough nutrition to feed her colt. If she were to die tomorrow, Juniper would be strong enough to survive. But there is no doubt that Jingles won't be with us much longer. "
Editor's Note: This story was written in February and as of Tuesday March16 both Juniper and Jingles have been photographed. Juniper is in fine condition and has lost all of her baby fluff and has turned into a beautiful rich chocolate silver that just glistens in the sunshine. Jingles did indeed make it through the winter. The resilience of Mustang mares is remarkable. She is now beginning to put on weight. According to one horse watcher they are hopeful that after 15 years of having foals she will be barren this year and in coming years, which will allow her a chance to live out her life healthy. If you would like to follow more of the Steens horses please log into Facebook and go to the "Sister's of the Steens" page. There are photos, discussions, and a number of people who can tell you how to visit these horses safely.
A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this painting will benefit Mustang U.