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Metro on the Big Screen

Metro’s movie, “My Paintbrush Bites” has been traveling the country, playing at film festivals and winning awards for the past year. But Wendy and I have yet to see it on the big screen. Sure I have watched it a hundred times on my computer, but it’s not the same as seeing it on the big screen in front of a live audience.Don’t get me wrong, we have had plenty of opportunities. I am married to a flight attendant and can fly for free, we just weren’t ready.Did I mention that I have seen it a hundred times on my computer? I have also cried a hundred times watching it and wasn’t sure if I wanted to take my sobbing...

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Jazz makes her first brush strokes

  Horses don't think everything that moves or makes a noise is trying to hurt them. They think everything is trying to kill them. They can't help it. They are born with thousands of years of instincts. The instincts of their ancestors who lived in the wild and behind every bush could be a mountain lion waiting to pounce on their back. Waiting to make a nice equine pastrami on rye out of them. Jazz has a bad case of the instincts. Really bad. Even though we are exposing her to anything we can think of, Plastic bags, tarps, pool noodles... you never know what is going to rock her world. Something simple like me putting on my hoodie in her presence,...

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Why teach Jazz to paint?

When we lost Metro last March, I was devastated. Not only had I lost a pet, I had lost a buddy and an art partner. I am in my 50's and have had to say goodbye to my share of pets before, but Metro was different. He had become part of my identity. He was an extrovert, he was the life of the party, he loved to be around people, he loved being the center of attention. He was everything that I wasn't, and when I was with him I felt like a whole person. His huge personality made up for my social inadequacies. He was my alter-ego. I was Clark Kent, he was Superman. When I lost my Superman, it took...

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Jasmine's Story - Desensitizing the spooky horse

  We've been getting a lot of questions pertaining to Jazz's history. "What's her story?" The answer is: "We don't know". We had her vet checked and she is healthy. The rest is still a mystery. Metro had a heck of a story, that's what was so fascinating about him turning to art when he could no longer do what other horses do. But we really don't know much about Jazz's life before she came into our family. The best that we can figure is that she had 4 owners before us. She came from Arizona, so she is adapted to the desert climate, and she has also had some reining training. If you accidentally put your foot in the wrong...

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