I've posted a lot of drawings of horses, but very few of my very own much-loved ponies! I thought it was about time I gave these two a moment in the spotlight : meet Bonnie the shetland pony, and the curiously nameless New Forest x Welsh C filly who is her best friend in the whole world - she is now three and still being called 'Foalie' because no attempt at a more grown-up name has ever stuck
I bought Bonnie first, two and a half years ago, then when the foal arrived at the yard as a lonely little 9-month-old and needed a field companion, she got put in with my pony. Needless to say, I got far too attached to let her leave when she was two and ready to go off to a new home to start her education, so I bought her myself
Bonnie does lots of walks out and about, both in hand and on long reins, she can pull fence posts around the field in harness (a mini version of a logging horse!), and my friend's little girl has started riding her, too. She's got typical cheeky pony nature, but a little bit better behaved than most shetties! The foal is the gentlest, sweetest horse you could possibly hope to get hold of, extremely affectionate, and has been almost unnaturally cool and laid back about everything I've thrown at her as she's grown up. She didn't just walk across a tarpaulin, I wrapped her in it head to toe and she just stood there thinking how silly her human was XD I'm currently backing her to ride - I've been up five times so far and she's taking to it like a duck to water, we'll be hacking out on our own in no time
A simple portrait of them both, as they live together it didn't seem fair to split them up for single drawings. Their colours might be of interest to equine genetics fans, Bonnie is a sooty palomino (in her summer coat she's very dark golden brown with a blackish rump and even darker legs), and the foal a wild bay - her legs don't have the usual solid black points of the standard bay, but a mix of cream, black, dark brown, and gingery brown hairs, and her mane has a fringe of bright red and blonde guard hairs along the side.
(P.S this clicks several times larger than the standard DA display size, do have a bigger better look!)