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Sep 29, 2007

Today's Culture Break: Moneigh™

Herc_200_2 Meet Hercules:  Ancient hero... blood donor... draft horse... impressionist?

Hercules lives right down the road from me, more or less, at the U of M's College of Veterinary Medicine.  About a month ago, Herc helped raise funds for the U's new Equine Center in unique fashion -- by creating hoofprint paintings as gifts to the (human) donors (of money).

The imposing palomino isn't limited to prints, though--he's been receiving instruction on his brush technique.  This is a university, after all.

Here's what I'd like to see, though: For your next fundraiser, tack a plain canvas dropcloth to the wall, line up a couple of paintbuckets in front of it on a sawhors... um, some kind of support... then have Hercules give 'em each a nice solid kick.  Et voila: Jackson Paddock.

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Must. Touch. Talented & VEEELLLLLVETY soft muzzle.

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:04 PM

Herc-with-werc. Hahhahaha

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:11 PM

Well, we've already seen paintings done by chimps, gorillas, elephants, and dogs... why not a horse? (And maybe miniature horses paint, um, miniatures...)

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:20 PM

That's one tall hoss! But he is totally working it like Fabio with the blond hair over one eye!

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:29 PM

Whoa, Aunty-G, I'm impressed. That wasn't a title tag you could just hover your pointer over to see; you actually had to dig into the photo properties to find it!

Cute Overload has some *dedicated* fans. (which I've known forever, being way up there myself... but it's worth saying again)

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:35 PM

I love this guy!!! What a sweetie!!

Any mom can recognize the looks on the 2 ladies faces - it's the look I used to make when feeding my daughter - sort of invisible nomming....like they could convince the horsey to take the paint brush by pretending to do it themselves!! LOL!!!!

Mmmmm....nummy sweet potatoes....ummmmm

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:42 PM

The pic he's holding looks like Clifford the bug red dog :)


 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:43 PM

Rorschach is pleased, BugMom.

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:44 PM

(...and Freud)

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:45 PM

Wow, how did he get so big?
Oh right, there ARE horses that aren't miniature.
He is lovely.

my cat is a blob
 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:45 PM

Hmm Theo, I get the distinct feeling you might just be teasing me a little. But nah, I'm probably just being paranoid ;P

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 04:50 PM

Dammit Teho now I am going to be looking at all the picture properties.....

Oh and bugmom (Headtilt) hmm it DOES kinda look like clifford :)

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 05:07 PM

"aw shucks", shuffles foot...Thanks Teho.

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 05:07 PM

HEy Aunty-G.. how come your name links to the infamous hedgies and rack comment. I am just curious.

The more you know and all.

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 05:16 PM

that's not impressionism, it's abstraction. And some nice work.

Where are the nuffers about breeding GIANT PON1Es!!!

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 05:49 PM

Annie, I do not know!! I thought the name links always went to a blog...don't have one...or email. I have no idea why it went anywhere else. I got no probs with Meg's 'stuff 'n racks'; weird.. Anyone??

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 06:00 PM

I'm a vet student at the U of M and am an acquaintance of handsome Hercules. He truly is a gentle giant.

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 06:16 PM

Could we have a special section for artistic animals?

I think we've had monkeys and pups, and now horses.

Do I ask too much?
Is it because i find this particular anerable? perhaps!

Dan Bledwich
 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 06:36 PM

OMG!!! DraftHorses!1!!

I know Hercules (and CatDoc), too. He does so many cute things! If you aren't paying attention to him, he will blow into this box fan that is strapped to the front of his stall. It makes that noise (you remember doing this when you were a kid) and everybody laughs and comes to see him and it makes him HaPpY!

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 06:36 PM

I'm glad Hercules is raising money for a good cause, but I'm reminded of Red Green's remark: "If I could do it, it ain't art."

Nice big horsie... deserves an apple.

Tina Rhea
 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 06:37 PM

What a giant, yet cute horsie!



 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 06:44 PM

*smooches fuzzle muzzle, then wipes paint off lips*

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 06:51 PM

WANT!!!! Gonna get, too. I gots Tara de Ellypant art, now I's gonna get me some Hercules de Horse art. Mabee do some good at the Vet Horspaddle, too, who knows?

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 06:54 PM

The face is shetland; the body is Clydesdale; maybe all the little ladies is elfs?

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 07:23 PM

Moneigh? Jackson Paddock? Bwah!

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 07:29 PM

Aunty-G - it's all right ... some of us are so young, we don't know our little claws can hurt the innocent.

Sorry - I know I should smile more - but I either laugh or growl.

Hm. I'm looking at my keyboard and I can't see *how* you would make a wavy, happy/sad face.

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 07:50 PM

what beautiful horse i love these guys more than guys they bring me peace. Now can I get a copy of his paintings

leah b.
 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 07:54 PM

Hercules is some hores. besides beautiful he is amazing and awesome and an angel.

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 08:39 PM

i agree leah...they are peaceful...
omg ponies!!1!

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 08:46 PM

I haven't been able to find this info anywhere. Since some of you know Hercules, just how tall is he?

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 09:28 PM

He's the biggest horse I've ever seen, but I don't know his exact measurements. I'm 5'8" and I come up to about his shoulder.

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 09:41 PM

What, you peeps have never heard of a paint horse?



This is not only cute, it's impressive! And impression-ive!

 |  Sep 29, 2007 at 11:31 PM

he looks so proud on the left pic .. any mare would melt just by the glimpse of such an artistic stud!!

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 02:52 AM

So if Glow-Orb is 5'8" and comes up to Herc's shoulder, it makes Hercules about 17 hands high

(1 hand = 4 inches, measurement is taken at withers (the lump where the neck meets the back) - 5'8"=68"/4=17)

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 06:01 AM

I<3 draft horses! And palomino, double love ^-^ Add to that he paints and that horse and I should be best friends. he he.

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 06:24 AM

Am, you're a mathematician. I can just about tickle his feetz (standing up) at that height then.

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 06:43 AM

Anyone for a MPLS CO meet-up?

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 07:19 AM



Can I keep him in the bathtub, please?

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 07:19 AM

PS to add to Theo's links, here is Hercules's OWN page, where you can order a painting:

PPS Herc's a Belgian, fo course. Why he's such a beeg boy. ;)

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 07:23 AM

An elephant at the zoo does this. All the time.

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 07:35 AM

Regarding BrianMPLS CO Meetup. some of us in california recently did one there were four of us we went to a botanical garden followed by lunch and then a famous wildlife museum with real live wild animals we had a blast despite only having met on line and it was the best.

IF I lived In MN I would definaltely love to do one over to see hercules.

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 08:02 AM

Theresa -- that's the Equine Center link. I got it.

Maymee -- kindergartners do this all the time too, but it was Herc that hoisted my Must Post flags.

BugMom -- the "Freud" reference was due to a little typo you made. It was pretty subtle. Freudian slip, y'know. ;)

BrianMPLS -- hmm. I've thought about this before, but haven't floated the idea because I try to keep my virtual & meatspace lives separate. We do have a bunch of CO folks up here, though, and there's BirdChick & Cinnamon too (of Disapproving Rabbits fame).

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 08:03 AM

Aunty-g regarding the hedgies and racks link. You had to put the link in yourself when you commented. maybe some time in the past, anyway it is no biggie I just thought perhaps you had made a comment on that one or it was a post you had submitted, or if there was some obscure joke there. I couldn't tell from the post itself. That is why I asked . BTW CO is peopled by a lot of computer saavy folks, yourself included. Don't underestimate them.

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 08:13 AM

The angle of the picture on the right makes it look like he took the picture himself for his Myspace page.
Hair covering one eye: check
big, suggestive eye: check
perspective photo making head seem huge: check

Liz S.
 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 08:23 AM

yay for michigan!!

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 08:53 AM

Horses have been making Moneighs for quite a while now. You can find them on Ebay every so often from famous racehorses (and some not so famous of course)


 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 09:59 AM

Wait! Theo lives in MN? My mind is blown.

I volunteer at The Raptor Center, near the new Equine Center, I know Hercules and have seen him on campus. A few months ago, Herc got loose on campus and came to visit, some of my friends helped to get him back to his corral.


 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 10:51 AM

i made a post earlier and it's ::gone::


 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 10:52 AM

Theo, Bwahahahahahaha1!!!
Just noticed my mistake!
Clifford the bIg red dog!!

It's that self-centered-ness I have....everything has to be about the bug.

Wish my brain didn't go faster than my fingers!!!!!!!

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 11:02 AM

I do believe Hercules is a Belgian:

The pic in the article is of a darker horse than Hercules, but I've definitely seen them blonde like him...

 |  Sep 30, 2007 at 11:10 AM

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