|"I Will Follow You"|
Madeleine LeClerc and Her Fort Collin's Makeover Horse
8 by 10 inch watercolor
“I Will Follow You”
With in the first week Both Madeleine LeClerc and Robert Carlson had saddle their Fort Collin’s Makeover mustangs for the first time. By the second week it was time to put some mileage on them, leading them, bonding with them and introducing them to all manner of obstacles and surprises that might be found on the trail or anywhere humans are for that matter. This by most horsemen is called ground work. For domestic horses it usually starts before they are weaned, for Makeover Mustangs it’s a new a period of discovery and building foundational trust for horses that never interacted with humans until they were gathered.
The first thing I noticed when I saw Amy Spivey’s (Lightning Bug Creek Photography) awesome photography documenting each mile stone in the process, was that the horses willingness to trust no matter how scary, unusual and ridiculous it might have seemed to the horse. Part of the bonding process seemed to be That point at which the horse is so comfortable with the trainer that they seem to say I will follow you, even to the ends of the earth.
A portion of the proceeds of this painting will go to the Mustang Heritage Foundation
You can see all the Fort Collins Makeover Art on Fine Art America : http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/llmartin+fort+collins/all