Third request picture completed
This was suggested by Okarnillart
who said Spring shots of the horses being turned out for the first time in good weather?
- lovely idea, thank you! I might do some more on the same theme if time allows, with the posh set's hunters, or the farm's two riding horses, but I thought this was a nice way to get the heavies a bit more attention for a change
Ambrose likes to think he can handle a horse well, but in reality he's only really any good at coping with one who willingly goes along with him - any hint of acting up or being wilful and he really doesn't have the experience to know what to do : in this case he's been surprised and pulled clear off his feet cos he didn't keep a hard hold on one he ought
to have known was going to get over-excited about being taken up to the summer grazing for the first time
As for Wil - yes, we see
you holding two huge strong horses quite capably in one hand, stop showing off XD
These are the farm's three working horses. Orby the bay gelding, last seen being led in early through a heavy snowstorm (in Better Bring The Horses In
) when he still had his shaggy winter coat (incidentally that's the exact same background reworked to spring weather and seasonal foliage & flowers for today's drawing).
The other two haven't been drawn before so let this count as their introduction : Blackjack nearest to us with the big sabino markings and roaning, and his plainer half sister May Queen - known to all as Jack and Queenie.
Blackjack and Orby work best as a pair, Queenie tending to bully and snip at her brother, and be lazy, making them difficult to drive together, but she's fine on her own in single work, and by far the most even-tempered and relaxed on the roads and in town, so she's usually used with the wagon when taking things to market, while the boys are mostly used for harrowing, ploughing, seeding, and harvesting work at home, and any heavier loads which need a pair. Orby is Ambrose's favourite of the three, though admittedly not for a good hour after this scene happened