If we were to follow your personal fanon to its inevitable conclusion...I would say that Big Macintosh is one lucky S.O.B. (Stallion of a Bucker, lol)
Seriously awesome work, man! I absolutely LOVE the effect of the candlelight, especially how it reflects off of the water. It gives the picture a ... *thinking of a fitting adjective* ...FABULOUS feeling of warmth that just makes me smile so much!
heh, i'm a lazy sunuvabitch i usually like the sketching process more, the first capture of the idea. there's a fresh energy there that often is hard to carry over to the finished product. and no, this time the ropes got left at home.
i once tried to draw her with slippers on all 4 hooves, but somehow it just seemed too much. there's a certain elegance to the way she wears them only on front. if you put them on the back too, it somehow gets too "flank-heavy". it might have something to do with the fabric. dunno.