"Horse and rider went on very well"

This artwork as a painting of "Horse and rider went on very well" by the rodeo King of the Ropers and western artist William MacLeod, as this was originally an artwork illustration that was originally illustrated by Richard Stone Reeves from the 1950 edition by A Pocket Book, Jr.


In this painting of "Horse and rider went on very well", this one could be in the spirit of the 1911 illustration by Robert L. Dickey, because that's a great illustration I had made and puts me in mind of it, as if it were an annotated edition.


Right there, in this painting, you can tell that William MacLeod (I, me, a. k. a. Joe Green, a professional rodeo cowboy as mostly a professional rodeo tie-down calf roper) went on very well; he learned quickly, and was so attentive and careful that John (a hunter/jumper rider who competes in hunter/jumper shows) began to trust him in many things; but as Beauty would have said, William was small of his age, and it was seldom that William was allowed to exercise either Ginger or Beauty; but it so happened one morning that John was out with Justice in the luggage cart, and the master (who was also a hunter/jumper rider and competed in hunter/jumper shows) wanted a note to be taken immediately to a gentleman's house, about three miles distant, and sent his orders for William to saddle Beauty in a Western saddle and all the equipment and tack and take it, adding the caution that he was to ride steadily.
 

The note was delivered, and Beauty and William were quietly returning when we came to the brick-field. Here they saw a cart heavily laden with bricks; the wheels had stuck fast in the stiff mud of some deep ruts, and the carter was shouting and flogging the two horses unmercifully. William pulled up. It was a sad sight. There were the two horses straining and struggling with all their might to drag the cart out, but they could not move it; the sweat streamed from their legs and flanks, their sides heaved, and every muscle was strained, while the man, fiercely pulling at the head of the fore horse, swore and lashed most brutally.
 

"Hold hard," said William; "don't go on flogging the horses like that; the wheels are so stuck that they cannot move the cart."

The man took no heed, but went on lashing.
 

"Stop! pray stop!" said William. "I'll help you to lighten the cart; they can't move it now."
 

"Mind your own business, you impudent young rascal, and I'll mind mine!" The man was in a towering passion and the worse for drink, and laid on the whip again. William turned Beauty's head, and the next moment we were going at a round gallop toward the house of the master brick-maker. I cannot say if John would have approved of our pace, but William and Beauty were both of one mind, and so angry that we could not have gone slower.
 

The house stood close by the roadside. William knocked at the door, and shouted, "Halloo! Is Mr. Clay at home?" The door was opened, and Mr. Clay himself came out.
 

"Halloo, young man! You seem in a hurry; any orders from the squire this morning?"
 

"No, Mr. Clay, but there's a fellow in your brick-yard flogging two horses to death. I told him to stop, and he wouldn't; I said I'd help him to lighten the cart, and he wouldn't; so I have come to tell you. Pray, sir, go." William's voice shook with excitement.
 

"Thank ye, my lad," said the man, running in for his hat; then pausing for a moment, "Will you give evidence of what you saw if I should bring the fellow up before a magistrate?"
 

"That I will," said William, "and glad too." The man was gone, and we were on our way home at a smart trot.
 

"Why, what's the matter with you, William? You look angry all over," said John, as the boy flung himself from the Western saddle.
 

"I am angry all over, I can tell you," said the boy, and then in hurried, excited words he told all that had happened. William was usually such a quiet, gentle little fellow that it was wonderful to see him so roused.
 

"Right, William! you did right, my boy, whether the fellow gets a summons or not. Many folks would have ridden by and said it was not their business to interfere. Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's business to interfere when they see it; you did right, my boy."

William was quite calm by this time, and proud that John approved of him, and cleaned out my feet and rubbed me down with a firmer hand than usual.
 

They were just going home to dinner when the footman came down to the stable to say that William was wanted directly in master's private room; there was a man brought up for ill-using horses, and William's evidence was wanted. The boy flushed up to his forehead, and his eyes sparkled. "They shall have it," said he.
 

"Put yourself a bit straight," said John. William gave a pull at his necktie and a twitch at his jacket, and was off in a moment. Our master being one of the county magistrates, cases were often brought to him to settle, or say what should be done. In the stable we heard no more for some time, as it was the men's dinner hour, but when William came next into the stable I saw he was in high spirits; he gave me a good-natured slap, and said, "We won't see such things done, will we, old fellow?" We heard afterward that he had given his evidence so clearly, and the horses were in such an exhausted state, bearing marks of such brutal usage, that the carter was committed to take his trial, and might possibly be sentenced to two or three months in prison.
 

It was wonderful what a change had come over William. John laughed, and said he had grown an inch taller in that week, and I believe he had. He was just as kind and gentle as before, but there was more purpose and determination in all that he did—as if he had jumped at once from a boy into a man.


I like to think while I was painting this image for two days in November of 2019, as I like to think in this whole painting of how some of the painting looks a lot and kind of reminds you a little tiny bit of the movie "Australia" starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, because of the colorful horse and everything with the colors in this best image, I ever did, as that one is my favorite, forever and ever, as well, too, just to feel proud to love this horse, this BLACK BEAUTY!!! :) :) :)


I like to think in this whole painting of how I decided to turn Joe Green (the stableboy) in me (William MacLeod) as if like how a tie-down roper should have all of his Western tack and gear for emergencies to rope calves, as when I painted this picture as if to make me feel like a young boy, I was thinking of the movie actor Andrew Knott who plays Joe Green the boy in the movie "Black Beauty".
 

This is a perfect beautiful black Tennessee Walking horse, just still perfectly for the rodeo events tie-down roping and also probably sometimes for steer wrestling and also the white sock foot on the front right, as if to show that this is the real correct "Black Beauty" that we all love in the real right place for the real true done deal, of a real horse in 19th century England, which is the real true done deal forever and ever, and that he can still be used from England all over the USA and Canada for the three timed rodeo events sometimes, as this whole picture is very similar and almost identical to the 1994 film movie of “Black Beauty” starring Sean Bean and also distributed by Warner Brothers Family Entertainment, all because of this real Black Beauty, we all really like in the right correct place, forever and ever AND FEEL MORE OF THE REAL MAGIC OF BLACK BEAUTY, as of the real TRUE "modern times" Black Beauty, we all really like in the right correct place, as if to only see both of his white sock foot on the front right, as those are the real Black Beauty we all must love in the real true done deal and right place, forever, ever and ever, AMEN!


Also, Joe Green is the real right person for William MacLeod in the real right place, as if it feels that he could rope and tie up calves as if like Joe Beaver, the singer John Denver, the lead singer Richie McDonald from the band Lonestar, the movie actor John Wayne (the Duke), the character Joe Green (from the novel book called "Black Beauty" by author Anna Sewell, too), the movie actor Andrew Knott who plays Joe Green in the movie "Black Beauty" and even of course, the movie actor Ian Kelsey who plays Joe Green (older) in the movie "Black Beauty", as well, too.


This is a perfect beautiful black Tennessee Walking horse, as this whole picture is very similar and almost identical to the 1994 film movie of “Black Beauty” starring Sean Bean and also distributed by Warner Brothers Family Entertainment, because of this real Black Beauty, we all really like in the right correct place, forever and ever AND FEEL MORE OF THE REAL MAGIC OF BLACK BEAUTY, as of the real TRUE "modern times" Black Beauty, we all really like in the right correct place, as if to only see his white sock foot on mostly the front right, as this is the real Black Beauty we all must love in the real true done deal and right place, forever, ever and ever, AMEN!

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