Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Mustang Brumby, Warm Springs HMA Challenge Painting # 347

 Karen  Goodroad's Brumby:
Brumby
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaL Martin Artist
SOLD


Happy Mustang Cassie 1993 Sheepshead HMA, Challenge Painting #346

"Cassie"
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist
SOLD
Cassy 's story as told by Marietta Roby:
"Here is Cassie, 1993 Sheepshead mare.  she came to us very angry at people after being abused by her first adopter.  That is the story of many of our horses.  Cassie was adopted at 5, reassigned at 6, started under saddle at 8, and is now a good saddle horse."

Marietta and her husband, Rob, rescue, adopt  Mustangs and are  actively involved in the TIP Program as Trainers.

You can read more about becoming a TIP Program Trainer through the www.MustangHeritageFoundation.org  website.

Happy Mustang: Gus Painting # 345

"Gus"
4by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
$35.00

Gail, Gus's owner adopted the sorrel mustang from the BLM when the horse was 2 and her son Colter was 9. The mustang was Colter's Christmas present.

In Gail's words: "It was sort of funny, because I wrapped up that folder you get from the BLM with horse care info, the tag etc. Colter opened it and looked at it for a second, but didn't really know what is was, he politely said thank you, and put it down.

A while later he looked at it again and asked what it was. I told him just some stuff about wild horses. And I told him to go out to the barn to get me a bridle. He walked out there and I followed. When he saw Gus with the drag line, he froze. Then turned around and looked at me and started yelling! So funny!

Anyway, he of course started messing with the colt right away, and it took him about a week before he could get up to him. Gus has a pretty high flight instinct (still) and I think it was great that a little person got him. I ended up helping Colter a lot with the ground work, and within about 6 months he was riding him. Colter did all of the in saddle training himself. He got bucked off many times.

11 years later they are still a great team. Colter is away to Texas, for college now, but when he comes back in the summer to work at the pack station, he and Gus are a great pair. The horse is a little machine on trails."

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy Mustang: Just a Little Patience 2001 South Steens HMA. HMA Painting # 344

"Just a Little Patience"
South Steens HMA
Occupation: Dressage
4 by 6 inches Original Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist
SOLD
Today's Happy Mustang is Patience. She is about 11 years old. Patients was captured at South Steens HMA in Washington State. This beautiful mare has it all over most warm bloods in temperament and athletic ability. She is currently in training with her owner Kendra Kimbirauskas as a dressage horse. I will let her photos tell the rest of the story. The US Dressage Federation is located in my part of the country and Ive seen some amazing warm blood dressage horses. This mare just has all sorts of potential. Good luck Kendra and Patience, a very happy Mustang team.

Kendra riding her mustang, Patience, in a dressage test.
Photo provided by Kendra Kimbirauskas used by permission



Kendra and Patience in training.
 Photo provided by Kendra Kimbirauskas used by permission







Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Mustang: Gunner Pryor Mountain HMA Painting # 343

"Gunner"
2003 Wyoming Mustang from Pryor Mountain HMA
4 by 6 Inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist
SOLD

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happy Mustang: Burley Sheepshead HMA Painting # 342

"Burley"
4 by 6 Inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
$35.00
Burley was one of a number of Mustangs who have been fostered at the ranch of  Marietta and her husband Rob Roby.  Burley came to them a 2007 Sheepshead, yearling.  He was fostered with them after his first adoption, to fix some issues before reassignment. 

Marietta and Rob have done quite a bit of reassignment rehab work, rescue, whatever needed to be done to help get a mustang into a good home.  They have owned or fostered about 40 mustangs.  Some have stayed with them to live out their entire lives, however most of the others have gone on to great partnerships.  Most of the mustangs we have had came to us from failed adoptions and have the problems to go along.  Getting a horse "fresh" from BLM is usually a walk in the park.    According to Mariette when mistakes are made that is when she and Rob can step in and give the horse a second chance to be a Happy Mustang in a Happy Home.

Happy Mustang: Clara Painting # 341

"Clara"
4 by 6 Inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartin Artist
$35.00

Clara was 4 years old when she came to  Gail's house. Gail tells me she was given to the by a friend. She is a little BLM Branded Mustang who filled a great void in her son's life after the death of his pony.  Now in college, her son gave Gail the game little roan mare. Clara is now 10 years old and entering the prime of her useful life. Not only is Clara wonderful as a ranch and trail horse but she is also a driving horse. ( Will be painting an additional  watercolor of her around Christmas in full harness)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy Mustang: Arroyo born after adoption, Painting # 340

"Best Friends"
Arroyo and Linus
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaL.Martin Artist
$60.00
I couldn't decide if the real story here was the mustang or the cat. Arroyo was born  after captivity. According to his owner at the time, Marietta, his mother was a Steens HMA mare and his farther was a Kiger.  The cat's name is Linus.

Marietta shared with me that Linus is a horse loving cat and love to bond with the mustangs they take in to train.  She said that Arroyo used to roll Linus around like a ball, while Linus purred and collected all kinds of junk in his long fur.  

Another interesting thing is that Linus liked to be held while Marietta rode. Arroyo and Linus had a very special relationship, however, Arroyo was sold before his cat friend, Linus,  had to opportunity to ride him. Since Marietta and her husband  are TIP Trainers and take in mustangs that are in crisis situations, Linus was never at a loss for a new mustang to befriend.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us Marietta.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Happy Adoption:Mustang Sally, Twin Peaks HMA, Painting # 338

"Mustang Sally"
4 by 6 Inches  Watercolor
by LndaLMartinArtist
$35.00

Mustang Sally is living proof that sometimes you need to keep on looking to find your perfect adoption match. Adopting a mustang isn't just getting a horse, its a learning process that can teach you more about you.It can teach you patience and what the true meaning of trust is.

Here is the story of Mustang Sally in the words of her owner Cherlynn Raffone:

"I have an 2005 bay mustang mare, gathered from Twin Peaks HMA(California) as a yearling. She competed in the '08 Midwest Mustang Challenge and came in 5th out of 50.

From their she was adopted out to a man in NY on Long Island, where I currently reside. He had her for only a few months and sold her. She then went through 7 different owners all saying she was crazy and too much to handle. Well here we are a 1yr 1/2 later.

We have had our ups and downs, but now its just up up up. I love this horse so much! She gives me strength and faith. She is an amazing trail horse, rides english/western, works cows, does barrels and poles like its her job. She loves to jump. She is that great all around horse that everyone wants. I'm proud of her and what she stands for. I'm honored to say I own an American Mustang."



Blogger's Note:
Mustangs are easy to adopt, simply by meeting the requirements set down by the BLM. The most successful adoptions are the ones where the person adopting the horse asks questions and even takes instruction or advice from others who have successfully adopted and built relationships with their horses. 

Give yourself a head start in learning how to work with wild horses using natural horsemanship methods and networking with as many mustang owners as you can. This way you can  share you successes and learn from each other's mistakes. Don't expect that one class or session will get you there, because each wild horse is different, with different experiences in the wild, during  and after capture. Your job is to learn your horse, while he learns you and to build trust and understanding while you do it. It wont always be easy but the rewards are amazing especially the first time that wild horse comes to you  to let you touch him because its his idea.

Every day I hear testimony after testimony of how fun wild horses can be. They not only have skills of independent thinking and living in social units but they translate that fun into games with you that develops a bond like no other. 

Adopting a mustang also helps with the growing problem of too many wild horses that are no longer on the range. Once a horse has three strikes, meaning they have been offered for adoption 3 times they are then designated as a three strike horse and shipped to a Long Term Holding Facility(LTH) These facilities are also known as sanctuaries. In these sanctuaries as many as 5,000 wild horses run in freedom, with in the confines of a ranch.However, all the stallions are gelded and the herds are kept as same sex groups that do not reproduce.

The horses can be purchased in groups by approved individuals. Sometimes a trainer will offer to purchase a trailer load of these horses directly from the facility or simply buy one or two Sale Authority horses to bring home and invest time in. However, most are never seen by the public again  because they are warehoused on private property. Once a horse enters  LTH they become invisible, unless you know their registration number or their brand. They can be found via their brands. 

Please considerer adopting a wild horse and take the time to learn how to handle it, building  a relationship with them. In this way, one by one, we help protect the wild mustang horses that are in captivity, while we are also protecting wild horses in the wild..

If you would like more information on Adopting a wild horse please go to the BLM adoption page: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program.html

If you live in the Mid-Atlantic States on the East coast of the US and are already a successful adopter or would like to network with other successful wild horse or burro adopters  feel free to message me here or join us on the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MidAtlanticWildHorseProject

To have your horse painted for the Mustang A Day Challenge contact the artist at: llmartisticservices@yahoo.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Adoption: Rhett Adopted through the TIP Program Painting # 336


"Rhett"
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
$35.00


Nicole Stuart McAleer's story on how Rhett came  be hers: 

"Last fall (2011) I was helping a trainer with her mustang for the Extreme Mustang Makeover. After that mustang she loved it so much that she brought in 4 TIP horses. At the time I couldn't have one because I already had 2 horses. About 40 days after the TIP horses came in my 5 year old gelding passed away of unknown causes. I was devastated and so was my mare. The TIP trainer informed me that "Brownie" as he was called, was still available and asked if I was interested. I couldn't resist the idea of a mustang, as I have always wanted one. So in January of 2012, I brought him home.

My favorite book is Gone With The Wind.My mare came with the name Scarlett, so that is where the name came from. We thought BLM's Gone With The Wind was a good name and call him Rhett around the house. He spent 30 days with a trainer and withing 6 months we allowed beginners to ride him. He has a wonderful temperament and is a pleasure to own. Other than my mare I don't think I will ever own another breed!!"

The Tip program ( Trainer Incentive Program) is a good way for a new adopter to adopt their first mustang. The trainer must be approved by the Mustang Heritage Foundation then they have a period of time to handle the mustang that is fresh off the range. The horse is gentled, feet handled and most of the ground work is done to make sure the horse can be handled safely for grooming, vetting, hoof care, haltering and leading and loading safely into and out of a trailer.. Tip trainers can also help with additional training for the first time owner. To find out all the requirements to adopt a mustang through the TIP progam please go to http://www.mustangheritagefoundation.org/trainers.php 
 Just click on the map for trainers near you.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Wild Horses Up for Adoption: Silver Sorrel Filly #9718, Divide Basin HMA, Wyoming Painting # 335


Silver Sorrel Filly #9718
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartin
$35.00
Update: This Filly was adopted after the Auction. She is now a Happily adopted mustang.
I call this color Silver Sorrel. It is when a chestnut horse has a silver mane and sometimes silver tail. Usually they are a deep reddish brown. Its a color I had never seen before until I began painting mustangs. They are of course beautiful.

This Filly's Stats:
Filly #9718

Sex: Filly Age: 1 Years   Height (in hands):
Necktag #: 9718   Date Captured: 10/28/11
Color: Sorrel   Captured: Divide Basin (WY)

Notes:
#9718 - 1 yr old sorrel filly, captured Oct 2011, from Divide Basin HMA, Wyoming.
This horse is currently at the Rock Springs Corrals, WY. For more information please contact the corrals at 307-352-0292 or email KFine@blm.gov.

Pick up options (by appt): Rock Springs, WY; Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK; Piney Woods, MS.
Other pick up options: Other pick up options: Glen Rose, TX (Oct 4); Canutillo, TX (Oct 11); Canvas, WV (Oct 19).
  
   
The opening bid is $125.00
You must be approved to bid
and logged in.
https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=5412

How to be approved to adopt a wild horse: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/howtoadopt.php

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wild Horses Up for Adoption: Chestnut Gelding #1377 Jackies Butte HMA, Painting # 334

Jackies Butte Gelding #1377
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartin Artist
$35.00
Another sweet yearling from Jackies Butte. This yearling is available to bid on by approved bidders through the BLM's Eastern States Internet Adoption.He would certainly benefit from a good home willing to use natural horsemanship to  partner with him and build a lasting relationship. Trust building with a mustang is always the best way to go for a successful adoption.

If you don't have room for this wonderful mustang gelding please share far and wide so we can help find him an awesome home.

Here are his stats:
Sorrel Gelding #1377
Sex: Gelding Age: 1 Years   Height (in hands): 14.2
Necktag #: 1377   Date Captured: 08/04/11
Color: Sorrel   Captured: Jackies Butte (OR)

Notes:
#1377 - 1 yr old sorrel gelding, captured Aug 2011, from Jackies Butte HMA, Oregon.
This horse is currently located at the Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon. For more information, contact Patti Wilson at 541-573-2748 or email pwilson@blm.gov or Tara at tmartina@blm.gov.

Pick up options (by appt): Burns, OR; Salt Lake, UT; Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK; Piney Woods, MS. The Burns, OR facility will haul 400 miles, one-way, for successful bidders. Other pick up options: Glen Rose, TX (Oct 4); Canutillo, TX (Oct 11); Canvas, WV (Oct 19).
   
   
The opening bid is $125.00         
You must be approved to bid and logged in.
 https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=5372

How to be approved to adopt a wild horse: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/howtoadopt.php

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wild Horses Up for Adoption: Chestnut Gelding #9783 Divide Basin Wyoming, Painting # 334

Chestnut Gelding #9783
Divide Basin Wyoming
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
$35.00
Today's painting is a wonderful little dark chestnut gelding from Wyoming. This yearling is available to bid on by approved bidders through the BLM's Eastern States Internet Adoption.He would certainly benefit from a good home willing to use natural horsemanship to  partner with him and build a lasting relationship. Trust building with a mustang is always the best way to go for a successful adoption.

If you dont have room for this wonderful mustang gelding please share far and wide so we can help find him an awesome home.

Here are his stats:

Yearling #9783


Sex: Gelding Age: 1 Years   Height (in hands): N/A

Necktag #: 9783   Date Captured: 10/29/11
Color: Chestnut   Captured: Divide Basin (WY)

Notes:
#9783 - 1 yr old chestnut gelding, captured Oct 2011, from Divide Basin HMA, Wyoming.
This horse is currently at the Rock Springs Corrals, WY. For more information please contact the corrals at 307-352-0292 or email KFine@blm.gov
Pick up options (by appt): Rock Springs, WY; Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK; Piney Woods, MS.
Other pick up options: Other pick up options: Glen Rose, TX (Oct 4); Canutillo, TX (Oct 11); Canvas, WV (Oct 19).
   
   
The opening bid is $125.00      
You must be approved to bid and logged in.
https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=5413

How to be approved to adopt a wild horse: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/howtoadopt.php

Wild Horses Up for Adoption: Sorrel Gelding #1361 Jackies Butte HMA, Oregon Painting # 333

Jackies Butte Oregon Gelding #1361
4 by 6 inches watercolor
by LindaLMartin
$35.00

The Eastern States Internet Adoption is happening as I post this. The 15 day event has about  5 more days to go. The adoption is open to approved bidders and the BLM will ship to pick up points as far East as  West Virginia or  Mississippi. This yearling has a sweet face and beautiful chrome. He would add class to any barn.  He would certainly benefit from a good home willing to use natural horsemanship to  partner with her and build a lasting relationship. Trust building with a mustang is always the best way to go for a successful adoption.

Remember that horses offered for adoption through the BLM three times, will most likely be placed in a long term holding  federal sanctuary pasture some place in the Mid-west. When horses enter those facilities, unless you know their exact registration numbers they are very difficult if not impossible to find. On occasion they are adopted or purchased in groups as Sales Authority horses with no limits. Once sold the horses are no longer considered wild and loose their protections under the Wild Horse and Burro Act.

So please if you know of anyone who would be interested in adopting one of these horses please share the link with them and lets get them adopted.

Here are his stats:
Sorrel Gelding #1361

Sex: Gelding Age: 1 Years   Height (in hands): 14.0
Necktag #: 1361   Date Captured: 08/03/11
Color: Sorrel   Captured: Jackies Butte (OR)

Notes:
#1361 - 1 yr old sorrel gelding, captured Aug 2011, from Jackies Butte HMA, Oregon.
This horse is currently located at the Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon. For more information, contact Patti Wilson at 541-573-2748 or email pwilson@blm.gov or Tara at tmartina@blm.gov.

Pick up options (by appt): Burns, OR; Salt Lake, UT; Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK; Piney Woods, MS.
The Burns, OR facility will haul 400 miles, one-way, for successful bidders.
Other pick up options: Glen Rose, TX (Oct 4); Canutillo, TX (Oct 11); Canvas, WV (Oct 19).
      
The opening bid is $125.00     
 You must be approved to bid and logged in.
 https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=5357 

How to be approved to adopt a wild horse: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/howtoadopt.php

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wild Horses Up for Adoption: Black Filly #1505 Three Fingers HMA, Oregon Painting # 332

Three Fingers Black Filly #1505
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist
SOLD
The Eastern States Internet Adoption is happening as I post this. The 15 day event has about  7 more days to go. The adoption is open to approved bidders and the BLM will ship to pick up points as far East as  West Virginia or  Mississippi. This is probably my favorite horse from the number offered on the Internet Adoption this time. I think she is gorgeous. Anyone who adopts this little girl would be very lucky.  And she would certainly benefit from a good home willing to use natural horsemanship to  partner with her and build a lasting relationship.

Remember that horses offered for adoption three times will most likely be placed in a long term holding  federal sanctuary pasture some place in the Midwest. When horses enter those facilities, unless you know their exact registration numbers they are very difficult if not impossible to find. On occasion they are adopted or purchased in groups as Sales Authority horses with no limits.

So please if you know of anyone who would be interested in adopting one of these horses please share the link with them and lets get them adopted.

Here are Her Stats:
Sex: Filly Age: 1 Years   Height (in hands): 13.3
Necktag #: 1505   Date Captured: 08/09/11
Color: Black   Captured: Three Fingers (OR)
Filly #1505

Notes:
#1505 - 1 yr old black filly, captured Aug 2011, from Three Fingers HMA, Oregon.
This horse is currently located at the Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon. For more information, contact Patti Wilson at 541-573-2748 or email pwilson@blm.gov or Tara at tmartina@blm.gov.

Pick up options (by appt): Burns, OR; Salt Lake, UT; Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK; Piney Woods, MS.
The Burns, OR facility will haul 400 miles, one-way, for successful bidders.
Other pick up options: Glen Rose, TX (Oct 4); Canutillo, TX (Oct 11); Canvas, WV (Oct 19).
   
  To bid on this horse: 
The opening bid is $125.00         
You must be approved to bid and logged in.
The link for this horse: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=5369
Information on How to adopt: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/howtoadopt.php