I had to go to Tractor Supply Co. in Batavia, NY on Friday 10/17/08 to return a ball mount that didn't have a deep enough drop for my camper.
When I pulled in, I looked to my left and there was a wagon and four absolutely beautiful large work horses with wonderful halters on. Now, I am absolutely curious, but I have to make sure that I don't get sidetracked and that I make sure that I keep my focus.
I went in and made the return, trying to rush to get back outside to investigate. After what seems to be hours, I finally get back outside and I start walking towards these beautiful creatures that are contently huddling around an odd looking wagon.
As I begin to look at one of the horses, I hear some rustling to my left. A middle-aged man comes walking around and we make the make our introductions. With making conversation, I was able to to collect some interesting information: the man's name is Bob; his horses are of Percheron breed; their names are Doc, Dolly, Joyce and Dee Dee; he travels with his horses and wagon; and he is currently packing up to head back west.
After chatting with Bob, I noticed some spectators starting to show interest, so I figured I would take one more look at the horses and then go on my way. As I am walking back to my vehicle, I figure that I should take some quick pictures of this unique situation. Though I am not a professional photographer by any means, I grabbed my camera from my vehicle and took as many pictures as I could before they could leave. I figured this would be a perfect addition for my calendar that I plan to make of various nature pictures I have taken over the years. So, photo after photo, I am scurrying to always get that last picture before they can leave.
As they begin to exit the parking lot and make their way left, across Rte. 5, I rush to my vehicle and slowly drive ahead of them. I pull over into the parking lot of a small welding business that is about 300 feet in front where they are currently traveling. I jump out of my vehicle with my camera and started taking pictures of them coming at me on the main roadway. It is neat to watch these four horses loyally and proudly pulling their friend and his wagon.
As they begin to pass by me, I wave to Bob and tell him thank you. Thank you for being you, thank you for caring and keeping these beautiful animals, thank you for being so courageous and unique to travel all over the American north east with them, and a much bigger thank you for providing and showing this neat phenomena to the world. In response to my thanks, he gave a very kind gentleman's nod and replied, "Your welcome."
I snapped a few more photos as they continued down the road and muttered to myself, with the utmost amount of satisfaction, "Right place. Right time."
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