Keeping horses is a dream many cannot afford, but in a historical context horses actually seem quite inexpensive today. In the early seventeenth-century Sweden; a painter or a carpenter would have to cash up more than a two-year full income to buy a steady mount. It probably says more about their wages than the market price for horses, but that could not be foretold at the time so people simply had to abide, unaware of what the future may hold. And indeed so are we.
Horses used to be a source or rather the means of income, like a tool or a helper. Many horses today earn their living in racing and competition as well as for recreation, but except for that; few horses do any traditional horse work anymore.
Times are changing, which goes for us too here at the farm in Sotardalen. Both horses and other animals at our farm are thriving, but still we are busy forging plans and searching for hidden paths towards the future.
To be able to keep horses for no other reason than because they are horses, not as prisoners but as equals (as in equal value), may be the first step towards something different, something better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”, inspires me to think that you do not neccesarily need to follow that annoying gps-voice.
The future is illusive, hiding behind mountais and in unchartered forests; and since there are an infinate number of directions to go you do not need a map, but a couple of good horses are indispensable.