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In Your Own Hand


Suspended above the ground, our feet move us across the terrain, connecting us to the earth and our other senses. But what of horses? At the walk, only one foot is away from the ground before another rises. Three feet, sending information about temperature and texture, pointing in alignment with where the horse wishes to travel. Seen in slow motion, hooves perform an intricate dance. The hooves that have left impressions on the earth, and the horse who made them, will disappear in time, and others will come to take their place. Looking at hoofprints in the dirt, you can tell what speed the horse was going, how much weight they carry, and if you run your fingers, lightly, as though you’re touching a fragile thing, you can feel that hoof in your own hand.