This portrait is a gift for dear friends in Sweden. When I visited them some years ago, I met him for the first time. He was five years old at the time and had spent his days in the fields with other horses. He was halter trained, but he was not schooled in much else as I found out. We were taking their two horses for a walk and had just started along a rutted dirt road with the older horse in the lead. I was leading the Frisian who suddenly stopped to look back at horses that were in the nearby field. He side stepped on my right foot. Slightly panicked, I tried to signal him to move to the side by placing my hands on his shoulder and gently pushing against him repeating “Side, Side”. (Ooops he doesn’t know English and he doesn’t know the gesture! And he is completely oblivious to me.) I didn’t have boots on…and I tried pulling my foot out from under his hoof. Nothing; except I pulled my knee. He did lift his hoof finally and I was freed. Luckily my foot was in a rut. His weight didn’t hurt my foot. We switched horses and started up another road towards the forest. My knee was gimpy. Suddenly my horse shied from a forest animal and bolted sideways to the right. The lead was properly folded in my grasp and reeled out far enough for the mare to recover and stay on the lead. My friend and owner of the horses complemented me on the quick recovery. I was thankful and surprised, after the goofy mistake with the big Frisian.
This is his portrait: It’s 5″ x 7″ color pencil drawing. It feels finished. Now for framing!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by the kitchen.