Friday, May 4, 2007

A horse is a horse...


I passed this horse trailer on the highway. With its Kentucky license plates and the racing season just around the corner, it was no doubt headed for Churchill Downs.
The horse looked straight at me, as if to say: "can you believe this insanity? I was born to run - what am I doing in this bucket on wheels?" I talked back to him - sympathizing, comforting, reminding him that the Queen of England will be in the stands this year...
What? You don't believe we had this conversation? Well, let me remind you of Mr. Ed from the 1960's TV sitcom:



Happy trails, everyone!

25 comments:

Kate said...

"A Horse, a horse, my kinddom for a horse!" Kentucky Derby this week-end. Love the races altho the state of horse racing and the breeding of them leaves me somewhat conflicted.

isabella said...

Kate - I share your conflict. A galloping horse is a thing of beauty, but the sport(?)of horse racing and the oft-documented mistreatment of the animals is a sad affair.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Sorry for not visiting lately. Too much stuff going on at work and haven't had a change to stop by to say HI.

Finally had some time off today and went to the museum.

Moi said...

he sure looks like he can do with some empathy and sympathy....

Oya said...

I love horses...

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Zsolt said...

I like your sense of humor:) And definitely they were born to run...

Seda said...

He looks bored. I feel sorry for those animals. They are born to be free...
Seda

Frank said...

What about the "Horse of a Different Color"? That's my favorite.
I heard the Queen arrived. They brought her to the White House to see Bush and she said, "No you silly Colonials, I'm here for the Derby!

richard said...

Hehe - like the tone of this, and I'm very glad you described Elizabeth II as Queen of England, because if she was Queen of Britain she would have to be Elizabeth I of Scotland. (Just to remind you of my Celtic origins)

Lori said...

He definitely does look like he's talking to you. :-) Maybe we'll see him in the winner's circle on Saturday.

lv2scpbk said...

That one horse looks like it has a worried look on it's face.

Z said...

I don't know why, but the photo made me laugh. I've seen lots of horses being transported on our highways in Switzerland, but the vehicles are designed so that the horses are loaded in parallel to the road. All I see from the car are their butts...

Villigen Switzerland

Jilly said...

These horses are probably so valuable that hopefully they are properly cared for. I don't think they look too bothered.

I recently read the biography of the man who trained Red Rum (winner of the Grand National three times) and that made very sad reading at times. There used to be a lot of cruelty but I think things might be better now - she said, probably naively.

Of course, they'd be much happier grazing in a field.....

Kate said...

Isabella, Back again! I just read an Op-ed in today's (Friday, 5/4) NY Times Editorial section that may interest you. Here's the title: OPINION | May 4, 2007
Op-Ed Contributor: Rest for the Roses
By PETER THOMAS FORNATALE
Equine breakdowns may be “part of the game” — but that doesn’t make them any more acceptable.
Hope that you can find it because it is excellent.

freefalling said...

They look like they are on a cruise liner.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Queenie looks pretty good for 81. And she was wearing an awesome hat yesterday at Jamestown. And of course, she's a good judge of horseflesh so she'd much rather watch the kentucky Derby than waste time with Mr Bush. He obviously knows nothing about either horses or corgi dogs.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Kentucky & horse racing reminds me of Long Island Ice Tea. Don't ask me why but for some reason, I get these things linked together. :-)

Felicia said...

Of course! Does that how the song goes? Great photo - hope you kept your hands on the steering wheel!

Kuanyin said...

I totally believe you as I talk to the animals too, and they talk back...of course! Great photo!

Monica said...

hmm. I think the horse was looking at your camera! Very cute!

JAM said...

I've never ridden a horse, but they're just about tops on my list of cool animals. Lots of personality. Love this shot.

Sally said...

lol@the Mr ed reference....another part of my childhoos and the lost hours in front of the box!

Kala said...

that was so funny - it amazes me what is on youtube! That was fun to watch!

Chris & Deb said...

even before reading your post I wondered (sensed) if you'd mention Mr. Ed. What a great show!!
Love this photo!