A Different Kind of Horse - Wild (Pics)...

A Different Kind of Horse - Wild (Pics)...

Postby canvasjockey » Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:08 pm

As live racing is on hiatus around here in Arizona for the summer, I have found something equally as cool to occupy my need for fresh horse photo ops. Up near the Phoenix area is the Salt River - a popular recreational area. There are wild horses all over the place, standing in the water watching kayakers and tubers float past and rolling in the dirt near picnic tables. These are unusual in that they spend a lot of time not just cooling off in the water, but a large part of their diet is the eel grasses that grow in the river (not a normal wild horse diet). They are very used to people so they just hang out and do their thing making them ideal for wild horse photos (which to me ultimately means paintings).

They were close to gone about 3 weeks ago because the Forest Service announced plans to round them all up. The plan went somewhat viral and the public outcry saved them... temporarily (a resolution everyone can be happy with is being attempted right now). So I schlepped my husband and camera up north a couple hours twice so far this month... I plan to make as many more trips as I can over the next few months. Anyway... thought some may enjoy pics of horses in a more natural state!

Roan Stud dining in the river...
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A 2 day old filly...
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Mom keeps a careful eye on the new little one...
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Chestnut stud...
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Postby Starine » Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:46 pm

I love the wide variety of colors in America's mustangs; I could look at photos of them all day. Pintos, grullas, blue roans, palominos, sorrels, bay roans, greys, duns, red roans, blacks, bucksins and bays. All lovely.
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Postby Insane Crazy » Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:54 pm

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I love wild horses. The red roan in particular is quite striking.
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!
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Postby lurkey mclurker » Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:20 pm

That behavior (dining on the eel grass) is really fascinating. I hadn't heard of it before. :mrgreen:
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Postby Sparrow Castle » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:59 pm

Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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Postby canvasjockey » Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:55 pm

Thanks guys! The fact that these horses have adapted to eating the eel grass from the river is one of the unique things about them, I imagine it's probably much more nutritionally rich than the standard desert foliage away from the river and lends to them thriving so much more than one would expect in such a hostile environment.
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Postby canvasjockey » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:04 pm

Finally getting a start on my first painting of these horses. This is just the initial color lay-in - off to a fun start!

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Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:54 pm

I love it just the way it is...very Impressionistic. :D
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Postby canvasjockey » Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:42 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:I love it just the way it is...very Impressionistic. :D

I kinda did too :P ... but just can't leave things alone! Here's the finished piece, and another I did of the little 2 day old colt (who I thought might be a filly at the time) who's name is Fudge...

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Postby Starine » Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:46 pm

Splendid, Carole! Thank you for sharing your beautiful art with us.
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