Category Archives: trail riding

Horses of the High Country

Good friends operate the trailriding in summer and sleigh rides in winter, at beautiful Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Their winter pasture is high up on the front range of the rockies just east of the park. I was lucky enough to visit there for the spring gather a few years ago; an unforgettable experience.  

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Meadowlark @ Writing-On-Stone

Bear with me people I got really close to a meadowlark down at Writing-on-Stone earlier this month.  Normally they won’t let you within a country mile, but this little guy just sat on his post and did that trilling chirrrp they do, and let me take as many photos as I wanted.  So brace yourselves,  you’ll be seeing more meadowlarks.  Did I say they’re my favourite bird?  

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Sandstone & Sunshine

This is the scene of our camp at Writing-On-Stone. I know! It seems surreal, right?… with the towering walls of rock and the Who ville-like tops of the Sweetgrass Hills peeping over rugged coulees. A sacred place to the plains tribes, there really is a sense of mystery and magic here.  I’m so grateful we  recognise and preserve extraordinary places like this.

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Down On the Milk

 There’s some trail riding being done down on the Milk River at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park this weekend.  I go every year at this time and have such a great time there, camping and being with horses and friends.  For Canada Day, I choose to celebrate by hugging a hoodoo…..what did YOU do?

If you’ve never explored this part of the province, go! There are many treasures to be found…..there are more petroglyphs found here than anywhere else in North America, and no wonder with all those fabulous rock walls to carve on!
I did a scratchy little painting there today and will share it with you tomorrow….it’s too late tonight to get a decent photo of it.
Happy Canada Day to all!

Cactus

This beautiful saddle horse belongs to my friend Alan, and is one of a remuda that he has bred, raised and trained at his place near Cochrane. Cactus is descended from the great cutting horse mare, Connie Kilobar.  
Besides the breeding training etc, Alan probably built the bosal and headstall; for sure his saddle, as that is one of the things he does for a living. 
Something I notice about many of my “western” friends, is how very handy they are at a huge array of things, and how many things they’re interested in and passionate about. Probably because they’ve designed their lives to take advantage of this beautiful place we call home. 

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Tom’s Pretty Team

Today’s offering is a scratchy, quick thing I did in my sketch book, of a team that was on the trail ride at Lonvgiew in August. Sometimes it’s fun to just race around with my pen & ink and slop some paint on top of that, so that was the process here, and with my soup pot the other day. 

There guys are pure Percheron, a heavy horse breed that is born black and remain so until they get on up in years when they turn this gorgeous dapple grey. I think this is the prettiest team I’ve ever seen.    

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Paul

Here I go with the portraits again. I have some really great friends, and this guy is one of them…..hopefully he still will be after he sees this blog entry!
Does he not have the best face ever? Happy is he, whenever I see him, mainly because it’s on a trail ride,  at a Ranch Rodeo, or something to do with horses and a western lifestyle. As an artist I couldn’t resist that impish grin, those twinkly eyes and especially the magnificent moustache!

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Kokanee’s Gear

Remember Paula-of-the-great-hat from yesterday?  Well she rides a magnificent blue appaloosa named Kokanee and this is his gear.

It was early morning, with that gorgeous slanted light, and while we waited for everyone to get organized, I noticed this beautiful found still life.  Look at this rawhide bosal, the horsehair macate, the silver and the leather……all hallmarks of the old traditions of horsemanship handed down from the Spaniards and our own First Nations People.  Thankfully people have valued these things enough to preserve them and to continue their craft so that we can use and appreciate them today! After all this time, they still work!

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Paula’s Great Hat

Here I go, asking forgiveness from my portrait “victims” again.Funny how I can paint a horse to look exactly like himself, but when I try a do people, the results are often less than I hope for……and in no way show how gorgeous my subjects truly are. Trust me, this is hard! 
This beautiful woman was on the trail ride last weekend, and she has such a great sense of style, exemplified by this fabulous palm leaf hat.  If you like her hat, you should see her horse!!  He’ll undoubtedly show up here one of these days.

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Longview Aspen

Here’s a landscape from the trail ride last weekend.  Our hosts had a 2 room log cabin in an aspen grove, looking out towards Holy Cross Mountain and Mount Armstrong, with the variable elevations of foothills in between.  Aspens are my favourite of all trees.  When seen from a distance we think their trunks are white, but actually, they’re very colourful, especially with all the black inclusions that are so typical. Put yourself here; remember the sound of the wind in their quaking leaves.  

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