Monday, January 14, 2013

Challenge Painting #369 Happy Mustang Adoption Maverick from Owyhee HMA, Nevada

"Maverick"11 year old Mustang from Owyhee HMA
4 by 6 inches  watercolor
by LindaLMartin Artist
Maverick is an 11 year old mustang from Owyhee HMA in Nevada. He was adopted by
Tammy Bannister-Halsey when he was 4 years old.

This fellow, like many of the Owyhee horses, is at least 16 hands high. Originally in this part of  Nevada these horses were mostly in solid colors were used as remount horses and to pull light carriages, artillery horses and have the ability to jump when schooled. When I first started to paint them at the beginning of the Year I couldn't help but notice that they all seemed to be built like a cross between a Cleveland bay and a Clydesdale.  According to Tammy once gentled and trained these large mustangs are very good with children as well as adult riders.

Below is a photo of Tammy's Maverick at a show. This will give you a good idea of how these beautiful horses look when cleaned up. Also remember that  they come in a number of solid colors as well as pinto. The round up is ongoing due to the drought and deteriorating range conditions. Since these horses tend to be a bit larger than some mustangs they do require more food in the wild and feel the drought conditions a bit differently than some herds. A portion of the  herd is planned for removal and will eventually be ready for adoption. Please spread the word.

Photo Courtesy of  Tammy Bannister-Halsey
Maverick, Owyhee Mustang. Photo taken in
January 2012
Have you adopted a mustang  from Owyhee Complex? Email me at so I can include your horse in the Mustang A Day challenge.

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