New in the Shop! April Paintings by Minnow

Well it took me long enough, but I’m finally here to share some of the new paintings Minnow created at the end of April.

It was a pretty spring day when we broke out the easel and brushes, and Minnow was thrilled to pick up the paints again. It was a long hard winter, and it’s been far too long since we’ve painted! So here are some of Minnow’s newest works…

Minnow Painting  // Painting Pony

Minnow Painting  // Painting Pony

Minnow Painting  // Painting Pony

“Breeze” is one of Minnow’s newest works and I love the how calming the purples are in this one.

You can check out Breeze in our shop.

Minnow Painting  // Painting Pony

Minnow Painting  // Painting Pony

Minnow Painting  // Painting Pony

“Whispering Forrest” reminds me of the scurrying animals that begin to come alive in the forrest this time of year.

You can check out this Whispering Forrest in the shop.

Minnow also created a few special order paintings for a few people. Here’s a fun little video of Minnow working his magic…


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Whats in a Swirl?

I recently stumbled across an article on Horse Nation about the significance of a horse’s swirl.

A swirl is a patch of hair growing in the opposite direction of the hair that surrounds the area. These swirls, also known as whorls, are most commonly found on the head, the face in particular. There are theories surrounding whorls and how they dictate personality characteristics in horses. Here are a few mentioned by Horse Nation:

1)      A whorl positioned right above the eyes represents the most common whorl and tends to result in an even-tempered and uncomplicated creature.

2)      Whorls below the eyes usually results in a horse with a higher IQ. In other words, this below-the-eye whorl horse might be a trickster who likes to plan his or her escape out of their stall in the morning. They are inquisitive and can be sneaky.

3)      Whorls on the left of the face could suggest a complicated but trustworthy horse.

4)      Whorls on the right can indicate an obstinate personality.

5)       Horses with one long whorl tend to be people-friendly.

6)      Double whorl horses can have multiple personalities. They tend to be more complicated and difficult to read at first glance.

7)      Three or more whorls are extremely rare and suggest unpredictability… so watch out!

So for fun, lets look at the Painting Ponies!

Minnow - Swirl // Painting Pony

Blitz swirl // Painting Pony

Minnow and Blitz have the classic swirl meaning their even-tempered and uncomplicated creatures. Not sure that exactly describes them.

Boomer in the snow // Painting Pony

Painting Pony Blog // Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow

Boomer’s is a longer swirl just above his eyes indicating he’s people friendly but also uncomplicated and even tempered. I would say Boomer is for sure people friendly and I guess he is pretty uncomplicated but he can certainly have an explosive streak. (Bronco bucking has been his hardest habit to break when he’s excited)!

Now I have another horse that has a pretty unique swirl, Niatross aka Nitro is my now 28 year old retired dressage horse.


Nitro at USDF Young Rider Championships

It’s hard to tell in these photos, but Nitro actually has a double swirl, meaning he can have multiple personalities and also be more complicated and difficult to read at first glance. That’s pretty much Nitro to a T. He’s one of the most challenging horses I’ve ever owned!

What story does your horses’ swirl tell?

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New in the Shop! Misty of Chincoteague Night Lights

Misty of Chincoteague Night Light // Painting Pony

Recently added to our online shop we now have Misty of Chincoteague Night Lights!

Many horse loving children grow up reading the classic book, Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. This vintage read sparked a love of horses for many, myself included! Our Misty of Chincoteague Breyer Night Light is the perfect gift for any horse lover, no matter what age!
Misty of Chincoteague Night Light // Painting Pony
Each light is made out of a once-loved Misty Breyer Model. While each model has been loved a little differently, they may include scuffs and scratches but I’ve given them a new life by turning them into a battery operated Night Light!
Misty of Chincoteague Night Light // Painting Pony
Misty of Chincoteague Night Light // Painting Pony
Looking for a specific breyer model night light? We can make custom ones! Send us your model or have us find one for you! Contact us at for details.

Shop online for our Misty Night Lights.

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Snow Pony

Today we’re getting a substantial amount of snow, as in we’ve already got 15+ and more is on the way! Yikes!

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

As much as the snow can sometimes be a hardship on us, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t really bother the ponies as much. I mean just look at that smile on Boomerang!

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

These photos were taken last week when we still had a pretty good covering of snow on the ground. As you can see Minnow was happy to take an afternoon roll in the white stuff!

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

I asked Boomerang to lay down in the snow, and he was more than happy to oblige. I think the boys like doing their tricks in the snow….it makes for some extra cushy spots.

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

Blitz of course wasn’t going to let his little brother have all the fun! Oh brotherly love.

Snow Pony // Painting Pony

So while you’re all digging out from the massive amount of snow we’re getting, perhaps we should take Boomerang’s advice….and just keep smiling. After all, snow does melt!

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The Chincoteague Ponies take to Sledding

Finally this past weekend I got a chance to do something I’ve been waiting to do for a while now! With some snow that stuck around long enough for me to enjoy it I lugged one of my snow tubes to the farm to go sledding with the ponies!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

We rigged up a make-shift harness with an old breast plate and an elastic wrap to keep it tied around their middle. Now if your horse is already accustomed to pulling a cart than pulling a sled isn’t much different, however none of our ponies have ever pulled a cart.

Having already exposed all three of our chincoteagues to dragging objects behind them (old grain bags, tarps, etc) we figured they’d probably take to pulling a sled too. Boomerang was the first pony we brought out because he’s probably the most laid back and willing.

All it took were a few clicks and rewards to reinforce him for pulling the sled (which I did by walking on the ground with him first) and he pretty much knew the drill.

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

Eventually I hopped on him bareback and asked him for more. Pretty soon he was cantering around happily – in fact he was so ok with it that we eventually broke out the snowboard too!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

I love how the clicker training I use with my ponies has prepared Boomer so well to try anything. When I reward him for his efforts he’s so willing to give me all he can – positive reinforcement goes a long way!

The Chincoteague Ponies go Sledding // Painting Pony

Minnow was next and despite being a little cautious about the sled at first he was very willing to pull along a passenger. Minnow will always try his heart out for me, and I had no doubt he’d be willing to pull the sled if I asked him.

Blitz took a turn with the sled too, and my mom even hopped on him bareback (something she hadn’t done since she had her accident while riding bareback with him several years ago).

We had so much fun that now we have something to look forward to the next time it snows!

Have you ever been sledding with your horses?

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