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Introducing ‘Bling’, a new rescue

Bling, a beautiful, pale gold palomino arrived the other day.  He came from the New Holland area from a horse broker and ‘kill buyer’ who takes horses to auctions and then the slaughterhouse.    I acquired Bling thru http://www.ac4h.com 

I am always surprised at the difference between my impression vs. the reality of the horse.   This is my 3rd horse I got this way.  You see a photo, a short video and an even shorter description of the horse.  Thats it.   Bling performed flying lead changes on his video and looked a little ‘high headed’ in his photo.  He looked quite regal. I was expecting a taller, lighter build horse that was maybe a little hot.  Bling came and he is as far from hot as can be!  Which is fine.  This horse is built like a tank,  (although he needs some weight), closer to the ground and is as laid back as they come.  I haven’t ridden him yet but will this weekend. 

So he was named Bling partly because of his gold color and partly because of his non-flashy attitude which is the opposite of what I think of when I hear the word bling.  

I took these photos the first day he arrived.  It was hard to get him NOT eating. Poor boy is still catching up with his fluid intake.     He had some dings and minor cuts but over all looks to be in good shape.  His hooves need some time and attention– they look short and with minor cracks.  My farrier will be here next week and I will ask him what he thinks this horse needs.  Maybe just good nutrition, regular trims and a supplement will be enough help.  He does not appear sore or lame thankfully.   He does need his teeth done.  I’ll get the vet out to do that soon.  Worming, teeth, feet, shots…. water and food.   Check, check, check.  +  Time and attention +  ‘Being a horse’ pasture time + regular handling and riding = a whole new animal.     

I’m kind of excited now that I see Bling’s personality…. I have been making great progress with Rhythm, another rescue, using her as a trail horse so now I am imagining a couple very nice trail horses.   

I often would get requests from people wanting to come over and ride.  My arabs are sweethearts but they don’t take kindly to beginner rider’s.  Its funny how this risky way of acquiring a horse has given me what I needed.  I know I could of  just as easily gotten a sick or lame horse– that kind of goes with the territory (and Bling is too new for me to know all about him yet).     But it looks like I got some really nice horses– which makes me sad for all the horses that don’t get seen or bought privately.  What a shame.  I think of the ‘higher’ purpose of things.   These horses have a much higher purpose than to be food…. I already have several kids lined up interested in meeting these horses.   Even for the lame and sick ones there is value in caring for these too- I have had several horses I knew would never be ridden again and got so much out of taking care of them and seeing them improve and be happy.   It seems to meet this need to nurture and care for something and since horses are so honest in their reactions you get this immediate feedback of how you are doing.  In our fast paced techno world the earthy, daily work of caring for them is very grounding and healthy.   That’s how I see it anyways. 

Enough blabbing– here’s the pretty boy!  Expect to see many paintings of him!  I love his coloring and his classic face….. those eyelashes are too much. 

E-bay listing link http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330442534953&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

If the listing has expired you can also search artbysuesteiner2010 and see the current listings being offered for sale.  many of these have proceeds going to various rescues.  Feel free to pass the link along or suggest rescues.  I am not affliated with any one rescue.  I am just an artist who likes to paint animals and rescue them!  This keeps my barn from overflowing– I have another outlet to help.  I hope you see it this way too.  thank you!

horse art, palomino quarter horse

Bling, a palomino rescue horse

palomino horse painting

Golden Boy and his Angels

colorful horse painting, abstract horse painting
Close up view of brushstrokes and texture

This painting was created while I was ‘fundraising’ for Bling and did not know if he was going to be safe or not.  I like to pick out a horse to paint from the list of horses in the broker’s program and use that for this project.  I am hoping to bring a face to horse slaughter and inspire people to remember them.  I also see so many people helping week after week– I thought a tangible, visible reminder of how they are helping the horses is nice.  It also, I imagine can be a conversation starter.  Hang it in your office and I bet people will ask about it! 

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  1. Alicia Geske
    June 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    LOVE this painting! 😉

  2. June 21, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you! Please bid on it! LOL! I put it up on e-bay and am not sure why no one has bid on it. I happened to like it too. You can get it for a good price if you get it before the auction ends in a day or so.

    I have some new art going up soon from another artist so check back. I also am hoping to get some more done on the 3 Amigos painting. Appreciate you checking in!

    We’ve had Bling now for a few days and he just gets better and better. What a sweet horse! His feet were so short and brittle…. am getting him on a supplement and talking with my farrier so we can get his feet in better shape but what a great disposition he has!

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