The basis of teaching my horses to paint came out of my quest
to see if horses can be trained primarily with positive
I’d heard many trainers say that negative reinforcement or
pressure/release is your line of communication with your horse.
I wanted to try something different.
I saw the vast contrast between working with my horses
using methods of attraction and using methods of pressure. It
became a question: Was I like a predator using pressure, or a
provider using attraction? By
training with attraction, my horses were relaxed and focused without using
Pressure can be communicated to a horse with a
shout or a whisper. I like what I see in my horses when they
respond because the choice feels good, not because they're
avoiding something that feels bad.
Welcome to PaintingHorse.com
My painting horses and I have folded our jumbo easels, put away our paints and hit the trails for new adventures. After seven years, we are no longer in the business of selling or creating paintings. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who's purchased paintings, sent notes of encouragement and visited our site.
I personally know the joy of filling my home with paintings by horses, so I'd like to refer you to Peggy Hogan and her amazing miniature horses. Their videos alone will fill your heart with a smile, so imagine what their paintings will do!
Since 2004 I have been collaborating with my
horses to create what I call 'interspecies
collaborative action art.' My horses paint with
brushes in their mouths and I choose the colors,
brushes and direct the canvas.
During this time
we’ve appeared at festivals, horse shows and art
written articles for magazines both here and
abroad and we’ve been on national TV.
Watch my herd of painting horses on The CBS Early Show:
Artist Cheryl Ward's unique methods capture national attention on CBS.
How in the world do you
teach a horse to paint?
Before I could answer this often-asked question
with any authority, I had to make certain that
Romeo, a formerly troubled Paso Fino and my first
painter, wasn’t a fluke.
We then we welcomed
a bold and curious Paso Fino mare, who seemed
to learn simply by watching Romeo.
after that we found a sabino pinto gelding
suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
We thought teaching him to paint would help him. It turned out that DaVinci learned
to paint before we could even touch him.
if three painting horses weren’t enough, I
really wanted to see what a yearling could do.
As luck would have it we acquired not just any
yearling, but a Clydesdale yearling! Raleigh's
zeal for painting tops the other three.
Click the play button to watch
Romeo & Juliet paint
The CBS Early
See Cheryl Ward and her painting horses online
at the CBS Early Show website.
November - 2011 Painting Horses Put Away Brushes
After 7 years of painting with her horses, artist Cheryl Ward is no longer selling paintings and would would like to refer you to Peggy Hogan and her amazing miniature horses.