I took this picture of a work horse when I was in the town of Soke on the Aegean Coast. When thinking of work horses, I am always transported back to the beginning of the century before the modern vehicle took off.
That is why I was surprised to see this work horse, as all around him were cars of all models, makes and designs. They were whizzing up and down the road while this horse and his owner were patiently waiting for some work to come their way.
The life of a working horse in Turkey
The work comes in the form of people buying items from shops that are too big or too heavy to deliver. Instead of calling a taxi, the horse and his owner are called. They will then deliver the items and the customer to their home. I have to say the work horse was very well looked after. He had constant access to food and water and was very clean.
However looking into his eyes, I noticed a look of sadness. Maybe it was a need for friendship or the days are getting long and he is looking forward to hanging up his straps and retiring. Regardless of the reason for his sadness, I love to look at this picture and hope he does not retire soon as one day this summer; I want to go back and take him a nice big bunch of carrots.
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