This is my all-time favorite work of art presented here at Enlightened Horsemanship Through Touch. Unfortunately for me, it has been sold. I am very jealous of the lucky owner!
EDITED TO ADD: I have tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to make these images link directly to Eleanor’s site with no success. Sorry Eleanor!
I “met” Eleanor Hartwell on Foxhunters Online. At the time, I was seeking to learn more about my favorite sport. Foxhunters online is a great place to learn from lifelong hunters, many of whom are masters and staff. Eleanor is the Huntsman (prof.) of Bridlespur Hunt in Bear Canyon, Missouri.
How I got my Amazon Art goods: Once I thought I might give Marksman Millie’s thin and scraggly tail a thorough going over to help it look more like a real tail. Percherons’ tails are notoriously sparse. You know how these things go. I ended up chopping off too much of the stringy stuff, so that Millie’s tail looked like the tails on those old paintings. Unfortunately, on a, ahem, big girl, such a tail made her look a fat tart wearing a mini-skirt. Such an indignity for an elegant and powerful lady. All anyone could do was console me by saying, “It’ll grow back—by the year 2040.”
Rather than dispose of the evidence of over-zealous hairdressing, I decided to send Millie’s chopped tail to Eleanor to have it made into a fly whisk. Eleanor made me the most amazing whisk, with an ash handle. The color of the wood compliments Millie’s salt and pepper hair beautifully, and I’ll always have something to remember her by. Millie taught me everything I ever learned about horses and riding, which admittedly isn’t much. But what I know I value all the more because she gave me the gift.
I love Eleanor’s site. There are treasures there. Amazon Art and Design
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