Racehorse Recollection: The Metaphor of Moving Miles

Racehorse Recollection: The Metaphor of Moving Miles

 Back when I was young and spry and nineteen years of age, I got a job working on a racehorse farm. Now, you have to understand, I was a horse lover from birth, so this was heaven to me. I had many adventures and learned a lot there. It was hard work, and very early hours, but I was young and loved the horses, so it didn’t matter.

This farm had on old horse named Moving Miles. He was really only about 5 or 6 years old, but by race horse standards, he was ready to be put out to pasture. They still raced him from time to time when they needed some cash flow.  He was the horse that bought the farm, literally.

Finally the day came that he earned his retirement. Up until this point, Mover, as we called him, had spent life in a stall, about 12 ft x 12 ft. His daily routine was: eat breakfast, groomed, saddled, exercised by loping around a dirt track, unsaddled, bathed, cooled out by walking circles on the automatic walker, back in the stall, wait on supper, nighttime and then start all over again. This routine had been his life for most of his life. The days of a youthful colt lounging in the pasture under the warm sun were too distant to recall.

I was happy for him that he would get to go live in a paddock in his retirement. It wasn’t a large pasture like where he lived with his mother as a foal, but still very roomy compared to a stall. So Moving Miles got moved to the grassy paddock one day and we all rejoiced for him.

Here is where you expect me to tell you about how he ran and bucked and rolled in the grass and enjoyed his freedom. But that did not happen. Day after day as I drove up to the barn and in the evening when I left, and all during the day, when I would look out to Mover’s paddock, there he would be, standing in a corner, just like he had in his stall each day. Day after day.

Moving Miles had lived a certain way for so long that even when placed in a different situation, he continued to live in the same manner.

We all wanted him to enjoy his well-earned freedom. But Moving Miles did not move–only to food and water and back to his corner. You see Mover had learned from a young age that his life consisted of certain boundaries and routines: You aren’t responsible for actively getting out and providing for yourself. Someone puts the grain and hay in the feeder in the corner of your stall. You remain in your stall until someone takes you out, controls your movements and then brings you back.

There was no freedom, no chance to be who he was created to be. He had a name that meant motion, movement, action, distance, travel, but he only moved within parameters set by others and what the hard solid walls of his stall allowed. So this horse lived out his life in submission to the powers that led and encompassed him. He spent his life racing and striving to be out in front, but never getting anywhere. He always ending up back where he started.

I don’t recall how long it took, but finally there came a day when ol’ Mover did realize that life was not the same. Those grooves of habit so deeply etched were not too deep to climb out. Maybe it was due to a friend next door who taught him the proper use of a paddock.  Or maybe he just needed a time of adjustment.

Perhaps he was afraid to step out into the new world in which he was now living and chose, instead, to live safely within pretend stall walls. Until one day he became brave enough to imagine a door in that wall, and stepped through. I don’t know what happened, I just know that one day I looked out and an old black horse was moving–bucking and running like a colt, no walls to hold him back. No track or rein to direct him. Just pure freedom of spirit. Life was good for our ol’ Mover. The paddock wasn’t that big, as I said, but he had really moved miles that day.

Read about more horses I have known. Recollections

View photographs taken here at CedarRock Gallery

5 thoughts on “Racehorse Recollection: The Metaphor of Moving Miles”

  • Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

    Keep up the good work on your blog.

    Regards
    Wiki

    • Thank you for visiting and the kind words. I too, have two cats. I have not written about them yet. I was thinking of mentioning them just yesterday and telling the reason why they will not make many appearances in my photographs or writing. They are both black and I find it difficult to get good pictures of black animals. Lighting has to be just right. I am not a photographer. (I am sure there is some technique I need to learn) And, my cats are very dull. They rarely do anything worthy of videoing, photographing or writing about. Haha Even the chickens do more interesting things than the cats. Your cats are beautiful. I have not heard of Thai cats.
      I think it is awesome that we have animals in which to bring us together through our love and enjoyment of them.
      I have not added a newsletter to my blog yet. I need to do a little more research and add a plug-in to do so. It wasn’t something I thought I needed since there is some way to follow blogs through browsers, though I have to admit, I don’t know how, haha. But perhaps I should reconsider and add it after all. All of this is new to me. My website is barely a month old, so I still have work to do on it–and much to learn!
      Thanks for sharing and your comments.
      Lora

  • Hello ,

    I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks very good!
    I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive.
    Can you recommend something what works best for you?

    I also want to improve SEO of my website. Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve: http://janzac.com/
    (Recently I have added a new page about FutureNet and the way how users can make money on this social networking portal.)

    I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    P.S.
    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Regards
    Jan Zac

    • Thank you for visiting my website. I have not yet added a newsletter and am researching the plugin that I’d like to use. I am still in the learning and building stage. That said, it will be obvious that I am not one to give any advice in regards to your questions, haha. In my unlearned opinion, for what it’s worth, your website looks great. You are miles ahead of me with what you are doing. I applaud you for following the path of entrepreneur. As a home school mom, I incorporated many studies on entrepreneurship as part of my son’s curricula.

  • Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Keep up the good work on your blog.

    Regards
    Wiki

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!