After I came home from New Mexico, the adrenaline rush of photographing horses stayed with me. I felt like I needed to continue - almost like I had assigned myself a project - and so I went to the track. I struggle a bit with the ethics of the race track. Thoroughbred racing is a controversial sport. For me, the part that I want to sort out is the relationship of the horses to the people that own or care for them. For lack of a better word, I “own” my pets - I feed and care for them, I love them. They know my voice and my lap.
Horse racing is different. Owners are businesses. The element of love and caring for the horses is shared by stable hands, trainers and jockeys more than by owners. I grew up on fairy-tale horse stories like Farley’s The Black Stallion, so this dichotomy is hard for me to wrap my head around.