Belgian–Day12

Day 12

7″x5″ oil on canvas

Any time I see this breed of horse, I instantly think of my grandpa “ship” and it makes me smile.  I used to be so fascinated by these beautiful blonde, “gentle giants” and how grandpa handled them and worked them.  He used to keep a pair during the summer and of course, I would invite myself along when he would go out to feed, water, or work them.  One of the benefits of growing up next door.  Well, benefit to me….he may not have always seen it that way.  I’m sure there were times when I was more in the way than “help” but, he never turned me away.

I thought I was really big stuff when I got to lead one of them all by myself or help put the harness on.  I loved to watch him throw the lines over his shoulder, after they were all harnessed up and take off driving them and then back them up to the wagon or buggy that he was going to hitch to.  I can remember watching him drive them in the parades, at farming demonstrations, and in a horse show.  He seemed do it all with such ease, it was obvious he grew up doing this.  I’m sure these horses were associated with a lot of hard work back in his early years but I’d also like to think they were associated with some fond memories for him as well.

Here is the link for this painting in the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking! http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/belgian/333050

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