Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Amy Flood's Grayson Highlands Pony, Flicka, Mustang A Day Challenge Painting # 331

Wild Pony of Grayson Highlands
5 by 7 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartin

Amy Flood is a photographer, horsewoman and has rescued a number of BLM Mustangs. Her nearest wild horse herd is actually in Virginia at the Grayson Highlands State Park. For several years she has traveled over the boarder from North Carolina to document the herd of wild ponies there and photograph the beautiful mountains.

When Amy was looing through the ads for horses for sale one day, she discovered an add for a Grayson Highlands Wild Pony. Amy's dream since begining to photograph them ponies was to eventually adopt one of her very own. Imagine her surprise when she discovered this beautiful tri-colored filly was one she had  photographed since her birth.

Amy bought her, brought her home and in a very short time had halter trained the tiny mare. Flicka was not only taught her the finer points of  being led over obstacles; Amy also taught Flicka to carry a pack and hop up into the back of a low pickup truck on command.  It wasnt long before they made the trip back to the Highlands and hiked the trails where the little mare was born.

The rest of the story has yet to be written. Flicka was discovered to be in foal prior to Amy bringing her home. Perhaps once the new foal is born hopefully I will paint that little one too.

You can follow Flicka on her own page on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/flickaofgraysonhighlands

To read more about the Grayson Highlands Ponies I have painted for the Mustang A Day Challenge please look under April of 2011.

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