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Draw and Paint 50 Animals by Jeanne Filler Scott

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Project 19: Arabian Gelding

The model for this painting was my Arabian horse Shammar. I acquired Shammar when he was at least fifteen years old (a horse’s age can be determined from looking at its teeth up to the age of fifteen, but after that, the horse’s age cannot be told with any accuracy). I had Shammar for the next nineteen years, so he was at least thirty-four years old when he passed away. Shammar was down on his luck before he came to live with us. His owners had left him at a stockyard, where he had been sold at auction to a horse dealer, who in turn sold him to the dealer I got him from. Shammar was very nervous and jumpy when he first came to our farm, but he gradually settled down. I miss him. He was a good horse, and I’m glad I ...

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