Little "Spot" was orphaned shortly after being welcomed to this world. He was adopted by a trusty 30-something gelding named Bud who showed him the ropes of being a horse. And he was handfed by his proud owners, Doug and Ruth Ann Wood, at the DRW Ranch in Castle Rock, Colorado. I caught him shading himself on a bright early spring day under this spreading oak tree.
"Shady Spot" 24" x 36" oil ©2003 Deborah Rae Nelson
This leggy young Thoroughbred colt was turned out with his mother and other mares and foals on a ranch in Larkspur, Colorado. If his nose wasn't down nibbling the tender new spring grass, it was in my camera lens or over my sketch book. He was a scamp, more interested in what I was up to than playing with his pasture friends.
"Making Ends Meet” 36” x 24” oil ©1999 Deborah Rae Nelson
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I watched the first day of school for about a dozen young colts at a ranch in Larkspur, Colorado. They all had halters on for the first time and were having a tough time adjusting to them. I think the halter on this one's friend bothered him more than the halter on himself. I was lucky to capture the moment. It didn't take long for them to get used to their new tack.
"Mom! He’s Touching Me!" 8" x 10" oil ©1999 Deborah Rae Nelson