The Making of a Hitching Post Mural

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The transformation has begun!  I began work in the Buggy Barn on Lehman’s  life sized hitching post mural.  The mural will consist of a Lehman’s sign, a hitching post and a team of Belgian horses.  I am getting the background, sky and horses roughed in at this point.  To give you an idea on the size, the horses will stand 17 hands or 68 inches at the withers or shoulders.  This is about the size of an actual Belgian horse.  Hands are the way in which horses are measured and goes back to when people would measure a horse counting the width of their hands from the ground to the withers. One hand width equals 4 inches.  An average riding horse measures 15.2 to 16 hands while draft breeds are often 17 hands and above.  Draft breeds also are considerably heavier.   So these guys are BIG!

I enjoyed talking to some customers at the store visiting from N. Carolina who have draft horses. I even got to see some photos of their spotted draft colt who is already bigger than a riding horse!

While I was putting in the chalk outline of the horse I asked a couple Amish men who were in the store if they thought I got the height and size right.  They said it felt just about right as they made the motion to throw a harness on a horse.  This is the kind of stuff that makes this a really fun project!  Thanks for stopping by!

About Sue Steiner

I am a professional artist living in the Kidron area. With a farming background and my love for animals and anything agricultural it was a natural fit when Lehman's asked me to paint the murals you see at the Kidron store. My biggest project to date was the mural of a life sized team of Amish work horses at the hitching post in the Buggy barn. I have the pleasure of adding to the murals on an ongoing basis as a painting demonstration during store hours on many Fridays. I also have the pleausre of bringing Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild members to the store for a wide variety of demos. You can find the demo schedule on this web site under the Events tab. It is always a pleasure to be in the store meeting new folks. I find Lehman's customers to be the very best, down to earth people! It is also my pleasure to help network with all the talented artists and crafters in the area.