Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mother's Love - Cheyenne and Laramie of Sand Wash Basin HMA MADC painting #453

"Mother's Love"
Cheyenne and her 2014 foal Laramie
Of Sand Wash Basin
5 by 7 inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist
Reference Photos by John Wagner
This gentle mare, Cheyenne and her 2014 foal by Corona, one of the premier and well recognized stallions of Sand Wash Basin HMA, are completely unaware of the controversy surrounding their circumstances.

Since the last round up this herd  of horses on approximately 160,000 acres of high desert along with seasonal sheep and a healthy number of native wild life have been thriving even in drought. They also have undergone a slower than usual population increase.

In 2008  the last round up brought their numbers down to less than 200. These well loved  and well visited horses have been documented  by an army of photographers who track their bands, locations and changes in health and interactions. Some thought it an inhumane activity to round up the horses then pull some of the oldest most prolific mares and inject them with PZP.

PZP has been successfully used in birth control in wild horses since the 1970s in Maryland by the National Park Service.  In Maryland and Virginia also it has been used to control deer populations in areas where hunting was not an option for more urban habitats.

This administration of the drug was over seen by the Humane Society of  the United States. The main operative who darted and observed the horses in the early stages also happened to be someone who was passionately in love with the herd. Her goal from my conversations with her was to find a way that this herd did not have to be rounded up again due to over crowding so the herd could remain healthy and thrive in the wild.

What a lot of people now involved in Wild Horse Advocacy do not know is that it was less than 25 years ago that  this herd and all the wild life was devastated by a killing drought and under-management of  the wild horses on the Sand Wash Basin. I had the opportunity to correspond with one of the  locals who witnessed first hand the devastation.  " Once elk thrived there in herds as big as the horses today, and deer too. There were plenty of wild life and forage. Then the populations began to grow in the wild horses. The droughts came and animals began diing. It was horrible. You have never seen anything as awful as all those beautiful animals laying all over the dried ground for miles."  She told me that neither the deer or the elk populations have recovered since that terrible time.

The problem and also the benefit of Sand Wash Basin is that it is ranch locked. In fact there is a boundary fence completely surrounding the entire range with gates and cattle guards to keep domestics out and wild in. Except when the snow drifts over the fences in winter or the populations increase to the point where young wild horses in search of territories and mares are forced over ( or sometimes through) the fences and on to ranch lands.  This did in fact begin happening as the wild horse populations began to reach past their sustainable numbers in  late 2012 and 2014.

Before 2008 The Sand Wash Basin herd was rounded up every 3 years to keep the populations in check. It was at the 2008 round up that 62 mares were given the PZP. In 2012  it was discovered that the herd population had indeed slowed in growth and doses were given that year as well using darting. The 2012 round up was cancelled.

Cheyenne was one of the mares that was a prime candidate of the birth control drug. She was an older mare and a long time lead mare to  prominent and prolific band stallion Corona. Her last foal was born in 2009( it is believed she was in foal when administered the drug) and her offspring that year is the well known young stallion Tripod.

Tripod is one of the reasons that many of the new advocates who have come to love this herd do not want the herd rounded up again. Tripod was crippled soon after birth. And while he has surprised everyone by thriving and even challenging other stallions, the likely hood that he would survive a round up with his lame leg is very remote.  In all likely hood he would be destroyed humanely if a round up were to occure.

This year, 2014, was the first year that Cheyenne has produced a foal since 2009. Her beautiful daughter, Laramie, is a creamello with blue eyes and the spitting image of her big brother Tripod.

In the words of Nancy Roberts, a long time advocate of this herd and who introduced them to me through her blog and facebook page: "Long may they run!"

A special thanks to the Wild Horse Advocates of Sand Wash basin(SWAT),  Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary, and all those who have taken the time to share with me about this herd since 2009. Thank you.  To John Wagner wild horse and wild life photographer, thank you again for the reference shots.

If you would like to become part of the solution for the Sand Wash Basin Herd please connect with the Sand Wash Advocate Team  on their Facebook Page: see more photos and stories on going as well as the photos of mares PZP'd in 2008  you can follow

The Little Princess - Laramie of Sand Wash Basin HMA MADC painting #452

"The Little Princess "
Dam Cheyene and Sire Corona
2014 foal of Sand Wash Basin HMA
Photo references John Wagner
8 by 10 inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin
Prints and Painting available for more information.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Van Gogh son of Picasso Mustang A Day Challenge painting 451

 Surprising Turn of Events Re-unties Iconic Wild Horse to His Legacy of a Son.
 While range drama is not for the faint of heart, heart warming is also a factor in watching the saga of American wild horses almost any place in North America.  Painting 451, of Van Gogh and his Sire, Picasso, and first time dam, Robin, represents a little of both. 

Surprisingly, last year 2-year-old fillies walked away from their bands to be a part of the harem of this 25plus- year-old wild stallion. However, sometime in early summer, fans of the Sand Wash Basin, Colorado HMA herd were distraught to hear that this icon and well photographed aging stallion, had lost his entire band of young mares, As well as his steady lead mare Mingo.

Yet, soon after Van Gogh was born his dam, Robin, by the band stallion Eagle and out of his lead mare Lark, snuck away from her "captor" stallion and found her way back, colt in tow, to Picasso.  One of the images by Range Photographer John Wagner, shows the profile view of the colt, sporting the same definitive roman nose as his sire, as well as his distinctly similar pinto markings.

Presenting "Van Gogh"

"Van Gogh"
by Linda L Martin
8 by 10 inches Watercolor
In house prints available by contacting
Reproductions will be available on Fine Art America Soon.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Trio: Wild Stallions from Sand Wash Basin HMA Challenge Painting 450

"The Trio" depicts Iconic stallion Picasso of Sand Wash Basin playing  with the Bachelor Stallions Bobby ( a son of Corona) and River( born into Warrior's Band).  This painting was inspired by a photograph of John Wagner.  It turned out to be some what prophetic.  Picasso spent a lot of time  playing with the bachelors in March. By July Bobby had assumed the leadership of Picasso's entire harem. This included His long time lead mare Mingo and Her 2013 foal Rambo as well as three young mares that walked away from their bands and joined Picasso last Summer.

"The Trio"
Picasso, River and Bobby
Of Sand Wash Basin HMA
8 by 10 inches Watercolor
Prints  Pre -Release Order contact before  Aug 1. 2014
Signed Limited Editon in-house Prints  $30 plus S&H Available on 8/1/2014
Unsigned Prints go on sale on Fine Art America 8/1/2014
Several days after Bobby took over the mares, Mingo's 2014 foal by Picasso was born. She was named     by the Photographers. There was some concern that Bobby might kill the foal. That is generally unusual among wild horses unless there is some thing drastically wrong with the new  born. Generally when a stallion assumes the roll as protector of the herd  any new foals that come with the mares he accepts and any newborns that are born after the takes over he views as his off spring.

For information on how to order a signed print contact the artist at
Unsigned Prints will be available on  August 1, 2014 on Fine Art America

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mid-Alantic Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Set for June 20 and 21 at Lorton, Virginia

There is nothing more fun than a summer project with your first mustang. Considering Adoption?  You can become part of the Solution by attending the Lorton, Va Adoption being held Friday June 20th( 2pm to 7pm for the preview) and Saturday June 21 (8am to 4pm to adopt) You must be approved to adopt.

Desi: “Fun With Desi”  Mustang a Day Challenge Painting #151 Go here to read about Desi the Mustang:

Information on the Lorton Virginia Adoption: (Please feel free to copy the flyer below)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Burros California, Mustang A Day Callenge Painting #491

4 by 6 Inches Watercolor
by  Linda L Martin
Special Auction painting for the WHBA Auction Barn  on Facebook

Friday, April 18, 2014

Burros California, Mustang A Day Callenge Painting #490

by Linda L Martin
4.5 by 6 inches Watercolor
The painting will be offered to qualified buyers on the
WHBA Auction Barn for a three day Auction
Starting  5-18-2014
Wild burros are often adopted to act as companion animals for other horses. Sometimes they find work as guard animals for sheep and cattle. One of the most popular uses is to keep the land clear of weeds such as thistles and honeysuckle. They make wonderful pets for the right family who is willing to put in the time and effort gentling them. These adopted descendants of  wild burro's have it easy in the spring where rain is consistent and the grasses grow thickly. Adoption is part of the Solution!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Burros California, Mustang A Day Callenge Painting #489

"New Grass"
by Linda L Martin
9 by 6 inches Watercolor
The painting will be offered to qualified buyers on the
WHBA Auction Barn for a three day Auction
Starting  5-17-2014
New grass is always a time of celebration on the range. Wild Burros find the grass to be sparce and   hard worked for. These adopted descendants of  wild burro's have it easy in the spring where rain is consistant and the grasses grow thickly. Adoption is part of the Solution!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Burros California, Mustang A Day Callenge Painting #488

"Wild Girls"
Adopted from Burns Oregon Holding Facility
Inspired by a photo from Tracey Westbury
7 by 6.25 inches Watercolor
by LLMartin
The painting will be offered to qualified buyers on the
WHBA Auction Barn for a three day Auction
Starting  5-16-2014
Adoption is a very up front and personal solution!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Adopted! Pinto Mare, Flanigan HMA, Nevada, Mustang A Day Callenge Painting #487

Pinto Mare Tag 7042
Happily Adopted to North Carolina through the Wild Horse and Burro Program Internet Adoption. The next Internet adoption is March 4th.

Tag #7042
Adopted through the WH&B Program Internet Adoption
5 by 7 Watercolor
by LindaLMartin Artist

How To Adopt:One of the best ways to be involved with wild horses is to adopt one. You can be proactive in helping to save wild horses by adopting, Learning how to gentle a wild horse and then encouraging your friends to adopt and learn how to gentle them too.

Internet Adoptions begin on March 4th. To see how to qualify to adopt an American Mustang go to:

Where to Get Help in Gentling your newly Adopted Wild Horse

If you need help adopting or in the gentling of your new mustang there are many people who will help you in the process who have experience. Some resources available to you are:

On The Modern Mustanger on Facebook. Members of this group have excess to some of the Mustang Facilities through out the West and Midwest where there are mustangs available for adoption. This is a group that is filled with experienced adopters as well as new mustang adopters. Some of the people have been adopting mustangs since the program began and can give you some good advice on every thing from gentling the horse, to what to feed them, to health care for mustangs while you are in the gentling process. They also understand the unique attributes and nature of the wild mustang that make mustangs a bit different from domestic horses in nature and reaction to humans. Here is the facebook link to the Modern Mustanger Group:

Find A Trainer Experienced with Mustangs.
If you want to adopt a mustang but don't have time or experience to gentle the horse yourself or you just want a trainer to start your newly adopted Wild Horse this might be a great option:
You you can take a look at the Trainers list in your state though the Mustang Heritage Foundation TIP program. The Mustang Heritage Foundation keeps a list of trainers that are willing to start mustangs then reassign them to new adopters. The best of this group will not only teach your horse, they will show you valuable information you need as a first time adopter. Here is the link to the Mustang Heritage Foundation trainers page:

There is nothing more rewarding than owning a wild horse and nothing more important than being this a part of this hands on  solution to save wild horses.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Happy Adopted Granite Nevada Cremello Mare Tag 4998 Mustang A Day Callenge Painting #484

Cremello Mare from Granite HMA Navada
Interntet Adoption  Tag 4998
Happily Adopted to Oklahoma Bidder
5 by 7 inches  Watercolor
by Linda L Martin

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Happy Adopted Mustang Mare Opal Mustang A Day Callenge Painting #483

Precious Declaration
Happily Adopted by Carolynn Chamlee
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist

Friday, January 31, 2014

Primative Markings on Wild Mustangs: Sulphur Springs Grulla Colt #481

Sulfur Mountain Ranger
References provided by Wild Horse Photographer and Advocate Matthew Pestour
Sulphur Springs HMA  Utah
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Primative Markings on Wild Mustangs: Grulla (With Lace) Gelding #480

Black Rock East HAM
This Happy Adopted Mustang Has  faint Lacing on his Grulla Coat in Summer
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist
Reserved for Adopter

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Primative Markings on Wild Mustangs: Dunalino Mare Red Desert Complex / Facility Born #479

Delores Jean
Happy Adopted Dunalino Mare
Dam was from the 2011 Red Desert Complex Round up in Wyoming
Painting is 4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist
 Dun is considered a wild or primitive color pattern among horses wild or domestic. This little mare is also a palomino.  She not only has  a dorsal stripe but she has striping on her legs and  darker red outlines on her ears. One of the more famous of the Dunalino Mustangs in the us is Corona of Sand Wash Basin HMA. In addition to his dun striping and he also has a darker burnished face during the Summer like some of the more acient breeds.  

This little mare is owned by Kirren Dolan.

The image on the right can be clicked to see it larger. You can see
her dorsal stripe along her back as well as her leg strips.
And you can clearly see her WH&B Program Brand on her
neck.  She really is quite pretty.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Primative Markings on Wild Mustangs: Pangare Brown Mare Jackies Butte, Oregon #478

Jackie Butte Mare
WH&BProgram Internet Adoption
4 by 6 inches watercolor
by Linda L Martin Artist
Painting SOLD

One of my projects this week has been to put together a poster to promote wild horse adoptions. While I was doing it, I got a wonderful Idea for a collage to remember adoption days. A photo of the horse the day of the adoption, a painting of the horse in watercolor, a graphite drawing of the horse and the tag when it is removed. From Captivity to the beginning of a new life as an amazing companion in its new forever home. This is how adoptions should be, the beginning of an amazing partnership.

Collage made of one 4 by 6 inches
watercolor, One 4 by 6 inches graphite
drawing, the BLM number tag, and
a pick up day photo. The background is the
" Grease Wood" design for scrap booking
and crafts also designed by LindaLMartin.
Contact the Artist at

Today is day two of the Internet adoption of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. Each horse that is privately adopted means one more horse that doesn’t go into long term holding. There is still time to qualify. For more information go to

For information on having your newly adopted Mustang Painted or to have a collage designed of  your new partner contact the artist directly at
Photo images and reference photos for this project provided by the Wild Horse and Burro Internet Adoption January 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Primative Markings on Wild Mustangs: Dun Filly Utah Painting #476

Dun Filly

Sindbad, Utah HMA
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by Linda  L Martin Artist
Reference photo from up and coming young photographer Mariah Saharee. You can check out her photos on facebook at :  Mariah Sharee  also trained this filly and is quite talented at starting mustangs.

For information on how to have your wild horse's portrait painted please contact me at