The Workhorse


This is one of the stars of Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides in Bird-In-Hand Pennsylvania. He pulls tourists around at a blistering speed of 5 miles per hour several times a day, day after day, month after month, and year after year.

It’s not a bad job compared to the work other horses do on farms but he hates every second of it. He feels that he’s wasting his life, that he could be doing something better, more important. At times he considerers faking a leg injury but worries he might end up as glue.

Eventually they will throw him a retirement party and give him a gold shoe for his years of faithful service, and let him live out the rest of his life doing whatever old horses do. He’ll stand in the middle of a field and stare into space, wondering what to do now, and what it all meant.

And he might realize that his job wasn’t so bad after all. He was good at it and he was needed, he had friends that liked him although he bitched and moaned all the time. He might realize that he could have made the best of it and even enjoyed it.

Alan W. Watts once said: “This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” Even if you do the same thing for the same people in the same place over and over again.

8 thoughts on “The Workhorse

  1. I have seen these horse’s many times while down in the Lancaster area, since it is not far from me. These horses that pull Tourists around places such as what you mentioned are very well taken care of. They are fed and watered well. However, there is one thing that I don’t quite understand. Why do the Tourists want to ride in a horse drawn buggy? Didn’t they ever see anything like that before? Maybe to see what it’s like to go back into History. Not me. I have never had a interest in doing that. Just sayin’. Great Image in B&W!


  2. I love that quote! By the way, I only recently found out what this is, but I nominated you for the blogger recognition award (you can check it out on my blog). It’s interesting and spreads support, join in!


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