Day 1 – Player’s Choice 2018

I have been waiting a long time for this day to come.

I am participating in my 5th Extreme Mustang Makeover. This will be my first time attempting 2 Mustangs at a time.

The competition began with an online auction where we were able to choose and bid on the Mustangs for the competition.

I ended up with a 5 year old sorrel mare from the Pancake HMA and a 6 year old dark brown/black gelding from Salt Wells Creek HMA. It was difficult to tell much from the short video clips that previewed each horse, so I wasn’t quite sure how my horses would look. The videos were taken during the winter months when all the horses had their winter coats on.

Last weekend, I patiently watched as other trainers picked up their sleek and shiny Mustangs. I hoped that mine would look just as nice.

I can’t say that I was disappointed!

My uncle, Bill, and I headed off at 3a.m. this morning for the 6 hour trip down to Ewing, Illinois. Everything went smoothly and we arrived right on time for our appointment. I grabbed my camera to see if I could find my two waiting in the pens for me.  It didn’t take me long. They were just as I’d pictured them.  The sorrel mare was a bit thinner than I’d like, but looks quite athletic. She moves as quick as a cat! The gelding is as handsome as they come.  He was gathered as a 5 year old, so he spent several years as a stud and it shows.  His cheeks and neck still have quite a bit of fat stored in them. I was able to see some photos of him in holding before I picked him up and I noticed he had some swelling in his right front fetlock. I figured if the BLM hadn’t noticed it, maybe it was an old injury… His front legs are terribly beat up and crooked… so I hope he stays sound.  Time will tell.

Once we got them home (around 4p.m.) I let them settle for a bit before working with them.  I was able to separate them out and got some good time in with them.  Both of them were accepting of my bamboo pole touching them and I got some shoulder pets in on both of them. I was beat, so happy with that small bit for the day.  Tomorrow is a new day.

I am always amazed by these Mustangs. They remind me of the courage it takes to trust in the unknown. They are my muses.

Please enjoy a few photos and a painting that I completed this evening… one of my goals is to paint every day throughout the competition, so here is day 1 – an image of the black gelding with no name yet.