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Monday, June 14, 2010

Miko-Horse Sketch

This is actually NOT the first time I ever tried to sketch a horse. It WAS the first time I ever tried to draw a goat, a donkey, and a pony (see previous posts). I used to try to draw horses all the time when I was young and in school. My best friend and I were crazy about them. I was never good at it though. I'm still not, but this is about the best attempt I've ever made. I meant to try another one before I posted, but can't seem to get focused enough. This sketch is again with a Zig pen in the Moleskine book.



This is "Miko"-the horse. The 4th Musketeer (or Horseketeer). Miko looked almost like a skeleton with skin stretched over it when he came to live with us. His ribs and hipbones were very visible, and he was infested with worms. He has never been broken to ride, and he was very antisocial to begin with. He would take carrots out of our hands, but didn't allow us to touch him. He would lay his ears back and try to bite us or run away if we tried. It took a while, and much patience, to get him to let us pet him. Miko is a beautiful horse, and the only member that will put Boxey-Tail in her place. They don't really fight though. They are like siblings squabbling at the dinner table.

Miko has come a long way. They all have. With plenty of pasture and water and attention, he has gained weight and filled out. His coat is slick and shiny, and he let's us pet him without trying to bite us now. He won't push himself on us though, and is still a little standoffish. They have come a long way, but we're still VERY careful around them. I guess we're still learning to trust each other.

The thing that I love is seeing them all four coming toward me, side by side, different heights, sizes, colors, species, fur textures and patterns, personalities, voices and lauguages, and backgrounds. As different as they are from one another, they still move as a unit of friends. They sleep together, eat together, communicate, cool off together in the barn, receive attention from us together, and play together, and except when they scuffle a little over treats, they get along together really well. People could learn a lesson here. :)

They have a hundred acres to ramble around on with the small herd of cows, which they also get along with, but seem to prefer being segragated from. The cows are usually at one end of the farm and the Horseketeers at the other. There is shelter, plenty of food and water, woods, and fields for them to explore, and they seem happy. They provide me with lots of photo ops, and the happiness they've given us far exceeds what we paid for them.

I had to use two photos below to show you the 4 Horseketeers (sometimes Cooter thinks he's one too), and I was further away in one. It's hard to get them all four in one up close. Anyway, from left to right, it's Miko, Doris, Boxey-Tail, who is actually a little shorter than Doris, and Cooter.

I know my sketches don't do them justice, and this one concludes the introductions, but I'm sure there will be more sketches and tales to come...:)
Hope you enjoyed meeting them. I sure enjoyed introducing them to you! :)

12 comments:

Patsy Taylor-Craw said...

Your family is wonderful, as is your sketch of the new member. Your world sounds like a little slice of heaven to me. We have 2 horses, 2 dogs, a cat and a dwarf bunny. We purchased the horses and the rest have come to us by different means and we love them all. Oh yes, we have a teenage daugher, and 2 grown sons that came to us from other marriages. What a group we are too!

Lynn said...

I've really enjoyed your introductions and drawings of your family. Your sketches of the horses are really wonderful - you cpatured personality and expressions really well.

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Awesome sketch of the horse "Miko". You did a fabulous job.

dandelionlady said...

I love your sketch! It really captures the expression on his face, and the perspective is really good. I used to draw horses constantly when I was younger and wished I had one. You're pretty much living my my childhood dream!

Martine said...

What a cute bunch of friends ! As for the sketch, I think it's really good: I like the lines and values !

Alex said...

Another fantastic angle =) Really nice!

Alex said...

Another fantastic angle =) Really nice!

raena said...

Excellent sketch! The best of the bunch I'd say. You really have the makings of a cute childrens story here, with your little foursome of animals.

freebird said...

I think you did a great job with your sketch. I'm glad they have so much room to run and play. One of our dogs who'd had a shock collar before she came to us still looks to see if it is safe to drink out of the water bowl and we've had her for almost 2 years. Wounded animals and people can only come so far and it's really a good thing they are with people who can deal with that.

Janene said...

Excellent sketch--and with a pen yet!

Krista Meister said...

What a wonderful sketch, despite your thoughts about it. Love the success story on Miko and your love for all of your four-legged creatures comes through. What a happy family you have.

Rita A. said...

Thank you for caring for the animals and introducing them to us. I love drawing horses and looking at drawings of horses. My sister was an artist and I grew up with her art.
I followed you through the Blog Hop and I'm so glad I did. I look forward to exploring your blog some more.
Rita A.