Well Deserved Rest, Drawing of Horse

drawing of horse - Well Deserved Rest
WELL DESERVED REST – Graphite Pencil Drawing
12 x 9 inches

Giclée print on Fine Art paper
open edition

12 x 9 inches $55


Several people asked me for a closeup drawing of the horse “Goose”, the Quarter horse gelding depicted in “Take Five”, so I’m offering this cropped and enlarged version taken from the original drawing. It was very interesting to draw this horse, as he is laden with the tools of the trade, including a bullwhip and a machete. I think one of my favorite things to watch while following along on the roundup was the young cowboy who wielded the bullwhip. It was a formidable tool, and when he cracked the whip, the sound echoed off the canyon walls. There was a lot of dust and noise, with mama cows milling around, looking for their babies and bellowing as they brought bunches of them into the herd from different gullies and hilltops.

The cowboy expertly used his whip to put the cows right where he wanted them, the loud cracking sound turning them back when they tried to bolt. It didn’t seem to bother Goose. I didn’t even want to think about what they used the machete for. With a gleam in his eye, the cowboy laughed and said mostly it’s used to cut anything from brush to a tangled rope, but you never know!

Ranch horses work hard, often for hours on end, so when they get a chance to stop, they lose no time in taking a well-deserved rest, and Goose was no exception. The cowboy put hobbles on the horse’s front legs, but he wasn’t going anywhere. I thought it was funny how they named him. His blaze tapered off to one side on the top (it’s under the forelock so you can’t see it) and it really did look like a long-necked goose!

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