yes, I'm from Australia - from sunny Queensland (great one day, perfect the next).
I usually paint on canvas, but also board, card and whatever else is at hand. I usually do a light, rough drawing in pencil or light yellow paint on the canvas first, just to outline the head, eyes, nostrils and major bone structure, and then fill in the background, then I paint the horse building up from basic dark and light shadings then doing the details starting around the eyes and working out. I leave the eyes themselves until last.
"A bad day at a horse show beats a good day at home doing nothing" - Leanne Owens