Before the handprints went on the canvas, I painted the scenery. Grass on the bottom and a tree to the left. This made placing the handprints on the canvas, so much easier.
After I was happy with the scenery, it was time for the handprints. You may want to do some practice handprints on some plain paper before you go to town on the canvas. This will allow you to explain what you want your child to do and/or aim for different looks. The fingers will be the legs of the horse, while the thumb will be the neck/head.
Once we got Lil Man's handprints down, I painted on a mane, hoofs and eyes to the handprint to give the horse life. I also added some more details to the scenary - like flowers, apples, birds in the sky etc. Set aside to let it dry completely.
To display - glue ribbon to the back or frame. Don't forget to add dates/ages/names on the back so you remember when it was done.