Monday, October 31, 2011

Challenge Painting #216 Working Mustang: Bo Trail Horse and Tack Model

"Saddled and Ready"
Kimball Foord's Wyoming Mustang, Bo is an accomplished
Trail horse who also models and demonstrates the high
quality tack and leather equipment Kimball makes by hand
in his leather studio.
4 by 6 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
 Update:  Kimball and Bo will be traveling across Canada
to bring awareness to the North American Mustang
Please Read below and visit his Facebook Page to interact and follow his progress:
"I will be finishing my cross Canada horse back ride the old cowboy way, leaving
from Guelph Ontario mid March and doing my darndest, to make it to the
Calgary Stampede in July ,Then meeting up with Ken McLeod, who has
spent a lifetime fighting to have the Canadian Mustangs protected , and  has been
successful in Saskatchewan .Ken has now turned his attention to Alberta .
Once I have met up with Ken we are going to go and try and see some of these
Canadian treasures. I will then head to B.C. and after B.C. header for home at a gallop. 
Follow Kimball and Bo Here on Facebook:  

Challenge Painting #215 Working Mustang: TruthSayer's Sun Combined Training Compitition Horse

Truthsayer's Sun Kiger Mustang
Competes in the Combinded Trainging disicplines of 
Dressage, Crosscounty/Steeplechase and Show Jumping
Shown by Kiger Dan
4 by 6 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist

Challenge Painting #214 Working Mustang: Comanche Civil War Reinactment Mustang

"On the Pickett Line"
Comanche owned by Elizabeth Ann Currently in training
as a Civil War Reenactment Calvary horse.
4 by 6 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Challenge Painting #213 Wyatt Old Guard Caisson Working Mustang

Wyatt, Working Mustang with the United States Army Old Guard. Wyatt is a Caisson Mustang used to pull the caskets of  soldiers who have passed away in funeral processions. He is one of 2 black mustangs that are assigned to Arlington National Cemetery.

5 by 7 inch Watercolor
By LindaLMartinArtist

Reference photo for this painting Thanks to Elizabeth Anne
Wyatt at at Lorton Virginia October 8th 2011
Wyatt and stable mate Lonesome were
at the BLM Lorton Mustang Adoption
to introduce potential adopters
to the gentle horses so people
could see what a wild horse might become
with patience and training.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Challenge Painting #212 Scott Litherland's Dusty a Working Mustang

Dusty and Scott Litherland:
Monday October 17th painting

"Hide and Seek"
Scott Litherland and Dusty
5 by 7 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
Scott Litherland almost has a horse lover's dream in working with the 135 horses, burros and mules at Alder Hill Farm Rescue.  It is an amazing Labor of Love to to save, rehabilitate and sustain so many equines. Scott's passion for the animals sustains and drives him. It also helps to have found a suitable work horse. Dusty was originally one of the rescue mustangs. Even though he is a bit smaller than Scott usually uses in a "ranch" type horse, Dusty is a game worker and enjoys helping to wrangle the 50 plus premarin babies  and other horses in residence on the two Alder Hill Farm Rescue sites.

About Dusty in Scott's own words:

"Now a bit of info on my boy Dusty...he is a 96 model chestnut mustang from HMA #CA0243 New Raven Dale CA..he was captured December 14, 2000 as a 4 year old..he was shipped to Litchfield holding pens til approx 3 months later  then on to AWY holding facility...where he sat idle til his friendly attitude got him shipped to Canon City CO at the prison training where he was placed under saddle...

After completing his training he went to his first adoption event in Cross Plains TN where a person in GA adopted forward til Id say 2009 when Christine with her own small private rescue saved his butt... In the early part of this year he ended up in my hands!!! HE WILL REMAIN WITH ME TILL ONE OF US DIES!!!WHICH ON BOTH OF OUR BEHALF WE HOPE TO BE A LONG LONG TIME FROM NOW!! And as  you stated, he isnt quite the size I like to work from...but his heart and strength in the desire for a chase makes him a 16 hand gelding in both our minds!!"

The premarin babies, mostly all Appaloosas, are now 4 year olds. They are now grown up enough to begin their natural training education under Scott's direction. Dusty, with his early life as part of a wild herd, understands how to firmly deal with some what wayward young horses and thrives on the team work with Scott as his lead partner,  when it comes to rounding up the "babies" or moving them from pasture to pasture. 

To read more about Alder Hill Farm Rescue and their current projects or for adoption information go to or subscribe on facebook to:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Challenge Painting #211 Trouper from Battle Mountain, Nevada

Amber Rain Mathewson's Trouper:

5 by 5 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist

Trouper is the official mascot for Northeast Alabama Community College. He's from Battle Mountain, Nevada and has been in captivity since July 18th, 2009. He lives at Whispering Rain Farms in Henagar, AL. Owned and trained by Amber Rain Mathewson

You can read more about Trouper and his exploits at his very own facebook page:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Challenge Painting #210 Smoke - Apache Mustang

Karin Hauenstein is an advid trail-rider, only when she rides the trails she goes out for 2 or more months at a time and generally brings all her provisions on the backs of 2 or 3 pack animals. While on one of these trips and visiting a National Park in Arizona she came upon this beautiful light buckskin bachelor stallion.
5 by 5 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
Photo Reference provided by Karin Hauenstein

Here is the story in her own words:

"Smoke is an "American Mustang" he is a descendant of the Spanish horses of Cortez that were bred by the Apache Indians in the White Mountains of AZ. He came from an area near Heber, AZ in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest very near the ...geographical feature Buckskin Wash on the topo map. He was kicked out to me from a herd of 18 horses, 16 mares and one solid Chestnut Stallion. 6 of the mares in Smoke's herd look exactly the same as him, but they have very defined buckskin to white highlights in their manes and tails. I saw them half a dozen times grazing together within a mile of our camp. I hope they are still there and have multiplied.

Smoke is the sweetest animal I have ever known. He came from such fear of humans to absolutely loving them. Especially children. Horses have such a connection to peoples auras. Children, especially young children have those innocent energies, he is drawn to them. ..  He was extremely calm around everyone, otherwise I would have had him hooked up. Smoke must have met over 100 people last weekend. He loves it and the people got a real treat. "

To read about the adventure and how Smoke came to be Karin's you can read the entire story and see the photography on her facebook page:!/notes/karin-hauenstein/smoke-apache-mustang/234245113260442

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Challenge Painting #209 Anna Lenard's Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy Stardust is Anna Lenard's first Mustang.
Ziggy came to Anna when he was a 2 year old. He was rounded up from  the South Steens in Oregon.
"Ziggy Stardust"
5 by 5 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist

Challenge Painting #208 Crystal Irwin's Rosie

5 by 5 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartin
With a kind eye and a willing attitude there is nothing not to like about Crystal Irwin's  first adopted mustang Rosie. However the story is as much about Crystal as it is her horse. She is a full time wife and mom with a dream to help Mustangs. She plans to do it one horse at a time. I will let her tell the rest of the story and update this later, but for right now I heard that she was under the weather and I hope this little portrait of her special girl will raise her spirits and give her a little joy. Blessings Crystal.

The Challenge painting for Tuesday October 11th 2011

Challenge Painting #207 Lona Patton's Iktomi, rescued mustang in Wymoming

 This painting was completed on October 7th 2011
5 by 5 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
In Lona Patton's own words from her Facebook Album:
"Iktomi, BLM 05827201 (Shaved his neck and wet it, to discover his freezebrand)

Iktomi where he was discovered
abandoned by the Real estate person.
The shelter didn't even have a roof.
On July 8, 2011, I received a phone call from Susan Thomas, wife of the late Craig Thomas. And founder of the Thomas Foundation. She had learned of an abandoned mustang in need, and after calling Reach 4 A Star Therapeutic Riding Academy, was given my name and number to see if I could help.
My daughter & I went to see him and assess the situation, thinking we just needed to know more about him in order to locate a proper Equine Rescue who could take him.
When we got out to where he was though, he had no food or water, nor any available to even give him, he had been abandoned. Upon further investigation, we discovered he was still an intact stallion, of which no rescue we knew of would take.
At my home, I have a BLM approved corral that could hold a stallion, so although we were already at full capacity, we brought him home.
His hooves were long and uncared for, so we got him trimmed, got him inoculated against horse diseases, had him gelded, and my daughter is now working on his training.

This Photo of Lona's daughter and Iktomi  was taken 2 weeks after
Iktomi's rescue. He is truly an amazing horse worthy of his
opportunity to Shine.

He is slowly gaining weight and improving and should make a fantastic saddle horse when his training is complete."

To see all the photos Lona has taken to document his rescue and rehabilitation go to:

Lona  and  Iktomi are trying to win a contest to get him a new blanket for the winter: You can like his picture at this link to vote:!/photo.php?fbid=302476063101442&set=o.137324726286807&type=1&theater  Remember you must "like" the photo for your vote to count. Please help support this effort.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the care of Iktomi. Thank you Lona and Mariah Patton for the reference and illustration Photography.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Challenge Painting #206 ISIS from Warm Springs HMA

"Isis and Foal"
5 by 5 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
When Deb Moore returned home after picking up several mares from the Burns Adoption facility in Oregon on July1,2011 one of the horses was heavy in foal. On July 4th a little after 1am the varnished roan appaloosa mare, Deb named Isis, delivered a beautiful Chestnut filly with snow flake spots across her hind quarters.  Deb's farm is located in Washington State. For many years she has been a quarterhorse breeder but in recent years has turned her attention toward the adoption and training of mustangs.

Isis and her newborn Foal early July 4th, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Challenge Painting #205 Sookie: a Happy Mustang

Stacey Kraft's Pretty Mustang Sookie.

Sookie is 4 years old from the Lahontan HMA in NV Stacey adopted her off the internet adoption out of the Pauls Vally holding of the $500 incentive horses at the end of July. Stacey picked her up in Kellyville, OK on August 4th.She now lives out east near Buffalo NY where Stacey is gentling her!
5 by 5 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist

Stacey has been video documenting every step of her training of Sookie. The Video below is of Pick up day in Oklahoma and the first time Stacey saw her new mare. You can see more videos of Stacey and Sookie on youtube.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Challenge Painting #204 Chief of Warm Springs HMA; a Happy Mustang

5 by 5 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
I decided to paint Chief tonight, from his photo as a young stallion just brought into the corrals at Burns, Oregon. The reference photo was taken just prior to his adoption. He was rounded up from Warm Springs HMA and makes his life now with horsewoman Andi Harmon as a working Ranch Horse.
Chief as a young horse
at the BLM Corrals of Burns, OR
Before His adoption.

Chief today as a working Mustang
Ranch Horse. He really does Look
Like a happy Mustang!
Chief is a genetic historic traditional appaloosa but is still a wild horse. I am told that many horses from Warm Springs HMA have these traditional Appaloosa characteristics including a naturally sparse tail, stocky build, wispy mane and splashy markings of dots and spots. Chief also carries the roaning gene and as he has gotten older he also has changed to the lighter roan coloring.

Special thanks to Andi Harmon and Darling from the Sisters of the Steens for the use of the Photography. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this painting will go to Mustang U in Washington State.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Challenge Painting#203 Alder Hill Farm's Jack and Jenny BLM Donkeys

"Jack and Jenny"
4 by 6 inch Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist

Jack and Jenny  are BLM Donkeys, two of  7 of the long ears (donkeys and Mules) in various stages of training at Alder Hill Farm. Both Jack and Jenny are very gentle donkeys. They were surrendered to the rescue at the beginning of last summer. There are plans to saddle train both in the near future.
You can see pictures of all the Donkeys and Mules at Alder Hill Farm and the other equines by going to their page on Face Book: