Does your horse LOVE making a splash? This week’s NickerDoodle is inspired by Melanie Eberhardt’s horse Bubba, who is happiest when soaking wet.
Melanie explains, “My old Arabians (Bossy Mare, Sweet Gelding and Fiesty Filly) do not walk through puddles. My back pasture isn’t fenced well but I never worry because there is a creek along the property line and they would never dream of walking through it–ever! Now my OTTB, Bubba, he’s a different story. If there’s a puddle, he’s in it. If I can’t find him in his special pasture, I know where to look. He’s in the middle of the creek in a deep pool where the water tickles his belly and he’s pawing and splashing and snorting. This NickerDoodle is for all the HorseNation horses who’d rather be playing at the water park than competing in the dressage ring this summer.”
I am an artist in Atlanta. When I’m not painting, I’m riding horses. I have 3 retired Arabians and a snotty pony at home. They keep me on my toes. Three years ago I bought a young OTTB straight off the track. My new fella, Bubba, and I are learning dressage. Sadly, I’m the weak link on Team Bubba, but I learn something every time we ride so it’s all good. I started NickerDoodles to document the horsey antics that abound within my world. I’m very fortunate to balance my life with things that I love – painting and riding – and NickerDoodles gives me a forum to share. If we’re not laughing at our horses and ourselves, we’re probably crying. I prefer to laugh! I hope everyone enjoys NickerDoodles.
Please visit my central website: www.melanieeberhardt.com