Monday, February 27, 2012

Mustang A Day Challenge Painting #277 Kathy Mahan's Simple Tryst of Fate

"Tryst of Fate"
5 by 7 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
In Kathy Mahan's own words:

"It's hard to choose one picture of her. She's getting so big, but her baby pics are some of my favorites.
 Then when she was 2 months she went through a bunch of color changes, during one of them she went chocolate brown .   She was born with her mothers firm sense of self worth, and strong will. She refused to be touched for over 2 months after she arrived, even though her mom was very gentle and friendly, who had delivered her at 8:30 am on a Saturday morning in full view of my neighbors, and any car driving down my street. She not only stopped traffic when she was born, people would come by to see her again, and tell me about being there to see her born. One man that came by 2 weeks after, told me he saw her foaling and rushed home to get his daughter.

She is a confident, playful, young mare (just turned 3 1/2) who LOVES attention, and will tickle you with her nose if you are neglecting her itchy places, or not kissing her nose. Many people stop to say she is beautiful, and everyone who has played with her asks if I would consider selling her. I didn't want her mom to be pregnant, really didn't. I was saying NO! when the vet was saying Yes! as he read the report. (he actually did a fist pump! then pointed his finger at me and said that is a nice mare, be happy)  I tried to give her away 100 times? before she arrived, but once she was here... I'd never owned a paint, didn't care for blue eyed ones.. So I dubbed her my Simple Tryst of Fate."

Artist's note: Of the estimated 5,000 plus mares of breeding age taken off the range each year, it is not unusual for the mares to be in foal and nursing  when gathered. Any mare over 18 months of age can produce a foal with in 10 months of the round up. When you adopt during that period of time it is quite possible to receive a mare that will deliver a foal after adoption. It is very important for adopters to understand that while most of these horses are wild and never handled except the most necessary of vet care, when they are adopted, it is still the responsibility of the adopter to provide care for the mare and pending foal. Most of the trainers and adopters I know of, begin working with their adopted horses the very day they arrive at their new home. It is important to go through the gentling process as soon as possible in case during the delivery something goes wrong and the mare or new foal must have help. While it is rare that something does go wrong, if it does, for the safty of the horses, yourself, and the veterinarian, it is imperative that the mare be safe to handle if at all possible.

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