The outpost

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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.

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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.

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7 thoughts on “The outpost

  1. I grew up near Amish country where they still work their fields with horses, and out West in cowboy country they still work cattle on horses, but the Japanese quarter horse is making inroads. Glad to see you posting again.

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  2. I love this photo! The combination of the horses all standing posed the same, and the red bay roan horse is in the middle, flanked by the blue roans…I love how the colors, the shadows, the Y braces above your horses and the stall doors in the background….it all pulls together with a delightful treat to the eyes:) It would be beautiful framed for you in your home:) I love your horses, so pretty. My mare Melody is a red bay roan and she goes through many color changes once she begins to shed out…she is the old fashioned quarter horse and is built much like your Nokota horses…thank you for sharing:)

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    • Thank you for these kind words, it really brings new light to the photo. These rare warm sunny days we sometimes get here are very precious and the horses love to relax under the sheltered barn roof with a westward view over the pasture in the afternoon. Maybe they miss the hot dry Dakota summers. Your Melody share much of the same origin as our horses, the mustang and early american ranch horses. Thanks again and take care!

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