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MANDATORY: The Modern Art of Taming Peckerwoods by SnowglobeDragon MANDATORY: The Modern Art of Taming Peckerwoods by SnowglobeDragon
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MANDATORY: The Mishap



The filly had stopped compulsively trying to paw with the leg that had been trussed up and had instead settled on watching him fretfully. You would think he had beat the feather brain the way she pussy footed around him. Would think it by the reactions of some of the hippie minded trainers that hung about like a bad smell muttering over how he wasn't being 'one' with this sack of glue and meditating over the meaning of anything that bent her nose out of shape; which was everything.

He had no designs on being her friend. The thing needed a parent not a half baked enabler and Joe didn't really want to be that to her either. Already had himself enough children at the grand total of one. When he had decided yesterday that it was time to knuckle down and get his hands on her he had unhappily settled on being her temporary boss. And the boss's first order of business had been 'off with her hair'. A day out from the mandatory buzz cut and she was looking almost decent in his eyes. Today it was time to lay her and the real ground work down.

Easing his hand down from her shoulder he hitched the strap about her fetlock a notch tighter now that she was still enough to do so. The filly managed to tip herself too far trying to lean away from him and stumbled just as he had pulled.

"God Dammit Peckerwood."

Joe backed up from the filly to observe the webbing between his thumb and index finger. It had been torn pretty good from catching it on the buckle of the leg strap, but nothing worth stitching. He pulled a cloth he had been using to wipe sweat and pressed it over the bleeding to keep it from getting anywhere it hadn't already.

Careful not to pull at the clotting he moved the cloth away to have another look. Some days it felt like he was more paper than skin. "Getting old again." He groused.
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I like the strong colours and contrast you have in this, the sketchiness gives a very nice sense of movement, even though I think there could be a little more on his right hand, maybe more obvious blur or something? In all, what draws me (as always) to your art is the colours :) So fab again and I think they work the mood very well <3
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SnowglobeDragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's rough to put it nicely. I could really use a 36 hour day sometimes to just take time off for drawing :)

Thanks :thanks:
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inglorious-vikings Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Awww, her face. XD
And poor Joe, something similar once happened to me with the buckle of the saddle. I just didn't notice until the saddle was suddenly all bloody and I was like 'Wut?' XD
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SnowglobeDragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Luck has been with me, I've never done something like that. This came from a story the farrier was telling (he seems to end up bleeding in all the interesting ones). My best war story is having a perfect hoof shaped bruise on my leg for weeks. The horse kicked hard enough that you could see part of the frog and the toe grab on the shoe. It taught me to kill horseflies on sight.
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inglorious-vikings Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Lol, well it's one of my most adventurous stories, closely followed by me trying to get a twig out of my horse's mouth, that the idiot got stuck in there and being the second idiot around, I got my thumb into his teeth. XD he imidiatly stopped chewing around, when he felt something soft where it should not be, but it still was the day I learned also horses have sharp teeth and very strong chewing muscles. XD
Ohmai, something simiar happened to me, too once. Granted, the horse wanted to hit the horse standing beside it, but I was in the way. XD still got me a fancy hoofprint-bruise. XD
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Hathien603 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I've been secretly stalking this story and I'm loving it so far!! I really love the way you write out Joe and his gruff personality, as well as the mare's completely opposite one . Joe's training methods always have me snickering, too, such as reading the newspaper in the roundpen :giggle: I have a feeling this little mare will nudge her way into his heart sooner or later, but what do I know? ;)
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SnowglobeDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Joe is a solid combination of common sense and nuts, the horse is just nuts XD. It's so tempting to keep her and let her worm herself in, but I know I wont have time for her in the future so she'll have to be the one that got away.
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Hathien603 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I totally understand not having time for so many ponies, so I think it's great that you're getting her out there now and then she'll get a nice home after! I look forward to seeing the rest of these two's shenanigans, though! :giggle:
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Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Poor little arab :<
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SnowglobeDragon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's a Kaimanawa (New Zealand Mustang), and the strap is actually a gentle, if old fashioned and out of style, way of training a horse. It was the original method developed by JS Rarey (the original horse whisperer) to lay a horse on the ground to take away the fight or flight reflex. A lot of currently well known trainers like to do the lay down method as part of their training, just with a rope and not the leather strap.
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