Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mustang A Day Challenge Painting #276 Beth Mahan's Chester

Chester's story as told by Kathy Mahan :
This one is another tough one, because we LOVE our Chester. My redhead picked him out, cried to have him in fact. (he was an attempt to rescue a 3 striker in 2/05 after Congress had passed the 3 strikes rider, but BLM hadn't figured out how to implement it yet.

4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
She gave him to her daddy, who had so much faith in this horse.  He was starting him under saddle, said he was going to ride him Search & Rescue with the Sheriffs Posse, then be Beth's horse again.  He got 3 rides in, then suffered a mild stroke. While in the hospital he suffered a catastrophic stroke and died. One of our last good days together (Beth and I played hookie) he rode Chester for the first time.  For awhile we just let Chester be, and loved him. It's still hard for both of us to have him gone when he is in training. It's been almost 5 years since John died but Chester is a huge reminder of Beth's last good memories  with her dad.

Chester is from Nevada Wild Horse Range. Kathy and Beth adopted him 7 years ago, this month.

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