Horse Butt Along the Road

What do you do when you are stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle for 30 miles? There’s a pick-up truck towing a horse trailer in front of you. A horse’s butt is sticking out of the back of the trailer, its tail partially hanging outside.

Stuck behind a horse trailer

Stuck behind a horse trailer

There is no passing lane on the uphill when the truck is going SLOW. And when you would be able to pass, on the downhill, the truck picks up speed.

speeding downhill

speeding downhill

But what’s the rush… you surrender and enjoy the slower drive. Provided you are not the driver but the passenger (as I was), you pull out your trusty camera from the back seat and take pictures of what you see along the road. All of the pictures were taken through the windshield, except for one shot from the passenger side window.

passing the trash dumpsters

passing the trash dumpsters

Leaving the windy, wooded stretch behind….on the open road again. It’s good to see what’s ahead on a clear stretch of road. White-spotted bambis have been playing along the side of the road, not realizing the danger they are in. While I was busy taking pictures, we passed one that had become roadkill, poor thing.

open stretch of road

open stretch of road

The farmers have been busy making hay but it has been rained on already over the last few days. I believe they can charge more for hay that has never gotten wet. But you do the best you can when the weather doesn’t cooperate with human plans.

hay bales in the field

hay bales in the field

Storm clouds are threatening again.

storm clouds

storm clouds

A large group of birds flies over the roadway. Is it possible they are gathering for their Southern migration already? That short panicky thought crosses my mind. I’ve already seen some leaves changing color…animals have been eating the ripe blackberries before I can get to them…I suspect we’ll have an early and cold winter ahead…again.

a cloud of birds

a cloud of birds

We pass farm houses, long fence lines, and a little country store.

white fence along the road

white fence along the road

farmhouse along the road

farmhouse along the road

country store

country store

When we come to this little white chapel, I notice that the horse had flung the entire length of its tail outside the trailer. Before it had been kind of bunched up but now it was swinging happily in the breeze. I point it out to my husband; there’s something freeing about the horse’s tail hanging loose.

little white chapel

little white chapel

My husband commented that I would have to write a blogpost about “horse butt along the road” and we laughed. But here I am doing exactly that!

You never know what you’ll find along the road or on Beauty Along the Road, for that matter.
Sometimes, a roadtrip is just a roadtrip and at other times, it’s full of life’s metaphors.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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33 Responses to Horse Butt Along the Road

  1. Annette, indeed , your post is full of life’s metaphors, that’s what I felt from the first picture on. “Just slow down and enjoy what you see from a passenger’s seat” ……like a meditation to me. Thank you for sharing your wisdom-words-pictures. Schoenes Wochenende.Cornelia

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    • Cornelia, yes, I need that reminder to slow down a lot. Sometimes, when I’m stuck behind a slow vehicle, I come up with all kinds of reasons why I need to drive more slowly: there might be a cop with a radar gun just around the corner; there might be a deer jumping into the roadway and by going more slowly, I won’t hit it; I get to see more of the wildflowers along the road when I drive more slowly….many advantages so quickly forgotten when we want to get from Point A to Point B.

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  2. Thom Hickey says:

    Lovely! Delighted to have happened on your blog and I’ll be back to explore. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin).

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  3. Tish Farrell says:

    I so enjoyed the trip along your road, Annette.

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  4. Well it’s a rather lovely horse butt….and I enjoyed your stream of thoughts…..but winter, cold early and harsh? Surely not🙂

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  5. So evocative! It draws me back to my years in Appalachia. I guess I technically still live there, although Vermont seems far away from Southern Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

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  6. Excellent metaphor for life as so many things are if we slow down and pay attention. I often get stuck behind these types of vehicles myself living in the country and I am eternally grateful for the ones that slow to a crawl and wave me around them when the road is safe. Enjoyed this post, Annette.

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  7. I love the simplicity of this post. You’re right. You never know what you’ll find along the road…horse butt and all. How long did you follow the horse trailer?

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  8. This is so hilarious! I love the title and the whole idea. We often have these strange moments that strike us in some way, then we just forget about them, but now you’ve documented it for all eternity! Haha. I often wish I could take pictures of what I’m seeing as I’m driving down the road. After all, some of the most beautiful things we see are out our car window. So often I’m driving and I can’t take pictures, or when I’m a passenger and can, the photos don’t capture what I’m seeing with my eyes. You did a great job though. I love the storm clouds and I like it that the horse’s tail broke free and starting blowing with in the wind. The countryside where you live is beautiful, as I remember from my visit. Excellent… and fun.🙂

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    • Thanks, Cathy. You are so right, there are so many times when I am driving and see something I want to capture but it’s impossible to stop. There is a particular stretch of road coming up Shenandoah Mountain that has some unusual wildflowers growing on a rock wall but there is no place to pull over. I’ll have to wait until traffic builds up in that area after a tractor trailer gets stuck in that infamous curve there – that’ll be my chance to get out and take some shots🙂

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  9. So glad you caught this! Love it. I once got stuck behind a mail truck and then a school bus on my way to Staunton, VA. Biz trip. Fortunately, I started out early.

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  10. kazg10 says:

    So funny, I’m glad you turned it into a positive and took photos of the beautiful countryside and the horse butt🙂

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  11. suzjones says:

    I often take photos from a moving car. lol
    I enjoyed your little journey following the horse’s butt.🙂

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  12. utesmile says:

    You see so much if you take your time… looking at the scenery…. having the horsebutt in front of you…🙂

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  13. Pretty entertaining, but a good reminder to those who can’t stand to be moving at top speed 24/7. Thanks!

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  14. Beautiful…tis true – wonders (and metaphors) abound if we just take the time to look!🙂 be well. ~Karen~

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