Image's Images


    MGHSE horse Image standing beside a watercolor painting he painted with his tongue.  

    Last year, we discovered that one of our equine staff members, Image, was an artist! This 23-year-old Thoroughbred/Oldenberg had always had a habit of licking anything in front of him (walls, fences, stalls, people, etc.) especially if he was given a cookie or peppermint. So the MGH staff decided to see what would happen if a canvas was put in his path. Lo and behold, his tongue became his paintbrush! By simply adding a few drops of food coloring and some peppermint flavor, Image happily created beautiful and unique works of art. After they have dried, the paintings are sealed with mod-podge so they are garaunteed to last. These paintings have been auctioned off as a means for fundraising as well as presented as gifts. Image's Images quickly gained popularity and even had a painting commissioned by the Lion's Club.  

    Image served the students of AIDB for more than 13 years and retired after the 2017/2018 school year. The Image's Images program was so unique and sparked so much interest that MGH continues it in honor of his years of faithful service. Many of our horses have the potential to become artists and we are working with them to discover who would like to do our next painting. 

    If you are interested in having your own one-of-a-kind horse painting, please feel free to contact Tim Greene at or Kelly Bloomfield at or (256) 761-3364.