Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mustang A Day Challenge Painting #249 Happy Mustang Joker

 Lona Patton's Joker from McCullough Peak HMA, Wyoming

4 by 6 Inches Watercolor
By LindaLMartinArtist
In Lona's own words: " Joker is from McCullough Peak HMA in WY, born in 1992.  I don't know his story prior to 2007 though.  He was rescued along with another BLM mustang named Cisco (Gwen Hool has Cisco now) off from a slaughter bound semi truck when it stopped in Cheyenne WY on it's way to Cavel before the closing of all US slaughter plants.  At that time, Joker's name was Raven.  Both horses went to a rescue just up the road from where I live, along with 28 of the 32 Cavel Miracle horses, who were the first horses ever to go into a slaughter plant and come out alive...but this story is about joker, not the fall of 2007, the rescue folded and had to quickly find homes for any horses that had not yet found homes, Joker & Cisco were still in need of a home. 

And my then, 12 year old daughter, Mariah, was in need of a horse of her was destiny :)  We went to see Joker, and try him out, and it was love at first sight between the two, so we brought Joker home to live with our other BLM mustangs.  Together, Mariah & Joker have ridden on numerous trailrides, and a few small town parades.

Joker is 15hh and built like a tank, but he prefers laid back relaxing rides and does not enjoy running much.   Now that Mariah is older, she is ready to spread her wings with a more athletic mustang and is currently training her new mustang we adopted in 2009.

Joker has recently found a new loving home where he can spend the rest of his life with Ashlee Patricelli
He is, a true Gentle Giant."

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