An original, hand-printed, hand-painted letterpress print—this is not a reproduction! This piece is part of the “Hold Your Horses” series, which depicts a variety of iconic horse breeds. (You can read more about the project on the blog.) There are 12 different designs in the series; you can find them all here.
This print depicts a strawberry-roan Tennessee Walking Horse. First bred to carry plantation owners around their lands, the Tennessee Walker is famous for its high-stepping gait. The horse depicted here is shod in flat shoes to show off its distinctive walking gait; behind is a field of cotton to symbolize the American South.
While weights and flat shoes are used to produce the Tennessee Walker’s high-step gait without hurting the horse, the exaggerated “Big Lick” step used in horse shows is often associated with animal cruelty. Throughout the years, trainers have used an abusive practice called “soring” to achieve the Big Lick gait. Congress passed the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to prevent soring, and the practice has been banned at shows and sales to help prevent further abuse and protect the beautiful Tennessee Walker.
This artwork was letterpress printed by hand on an antique Vandercook No. 4 press, on 100% rag (cotton) paper. Each print in the edition was then painstakingly hand-painted with watercolor. Each print is numbered, signed and dated.
Edition of 57 prints
Print size: 5 x 6 inches (12.7 x 15.2 cm)
This piece was printed in a limited edition, so once the edition sells out, it will not be reprinted. So snag your copy while you can!
This original artwork is copyright Chandler O’Leary 2012. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this print. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.
This print is packaged in a clear poly sleeve and will ship flat in a protective mailer via United States Postal Service. WA state residents are subject to sales tax.