Sometimes the right thing just looks wrong.

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Occasionally, I draw something that just doesn't work. Actually this happens quite a bit. Take for instance this week's cartoon to show EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis in horses). Loss of coordination, tilting and stumbling are the symptoms, and I really wanted to show the horse leaning and stepping one leg over the other. The only problem was that every time I tried to do this the lean, which I really wanted to emphasize, just got lost and the horse looked more stable than without the legs crossed. So I went with the lean.

Tall Dark and hairy

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So today is the day that you get that special someone in your life a gift, maybe a special treat, or a rub down. Oh, and don't forget to get a little something for your boyfriend or husband too.

It's February, get over it already.

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This week I've been shoveling snow, so I went with the back joke.

Now that just silly.

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The great thing about drawing cartoons is that if you haven't got an idea, just be as silly as possible. A horse standing in a tub? Very unsafe. A horse taking a shower? Not unusual except for the back brush, which isn't nearly long enough. But a horse in a shower cap? That's just silly.

Would it be funnier if it was a gelding?

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I needed to draw a horse in a nurse's uniform. I, of course, drew a mare. Would it be funnier if it was a gelding?


Mushrooms and horses January 17, 2011

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 Sometimes I'm asked to draw two things that don't naturally go together, like a horse picking mushrooms. Why is a horse picking mushrooms? You'll just have to read the article to find out.

How to draw founder, January 10, 2011

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How to you draw a cartoon about Founder? First off it's not funny, at all. Second, unless you have some experience with Founder in your horse, it's difficult to see until the symptoms are severe; I'm talking about the "lean" where the horse is in such pain that it leans back on it's haunches to avoid putting any more pressure on the front legs. 

So you can imagine my excitement when I got this request in my e-mail box. To add to my challenge I try not to have horses doing things in my cartoons that horses physically don't do such as standing on two feet vacuuming, because as funny as that might be my goal is to try to be horse funny, which means that the anthropomorphism is kept to a minimum as much as possible. I came up with the horse on a gurney. I didn't want the horse lying on it's side, so I invented a gurney that could carry the horse while keeping it upright. This way I could show the exhaustion, and the trembling legs, but keep the sense of emergency by having it pushed by a horse ambulance technician.


January 3, 2011

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The weekly cartoon this year will be a combination of cartoons I'm doing for KAM Animal Services, a nutrition and supplements company, and some other cartoons I feel like posting for various reasons. I will include a brief note on either technique, an insight on how I work out some of my cartoons ideas, or just a funny comment when the mood strikes me.

If you have any comments please go to the "contact us" page and let'r rip!



I like the word play here with Free - choice minerals, and free choice - minerals. My horse is always licking things, and since his head is so long that he can't see what he's putting in his mouth, his tongue and nose are driving the bus. The idea behind the image is a horse in a grocery store going around to all the tasting stations.

You can see the article that goes with this cartoon at:

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