My friend Janet raises Norwegian Fjord horses (along with sheep and livestock guard dogs!) on her farm in Minnesota. This is "Helga." She is facing the woods beyond, but has an eye on the viewer, as if questioning whether to keep moving in that direction. When I was painting this, Janet was dealing with a bold and very aggressive coyote pack that was luring her guard dogs out onto the highway beyond the trees. I imagined as I was painting that those coyotes were waiting in the woods, and that Helga was on the lookout.