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 Grandad Taylor.
       
     
 Training with Susie at Westwind farm.
       
     
 Cold morning.
       
     
 Mares in the morning fog.
       
     
 Yesterdays coffee heated up in the microwave.
       
     
 Heading to the track, side saddle. 
       
     
 Driving CC Heartistry.
       
     
 Stall door
       
     
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 The colt and it's momma. 
       
     
 Summer day.
       
     
 The power and the grace. 
       
     
 The old barn.
       
     
 Pharoah's horses on his bedroom wall. 
       
     
 Searching for a pedigree. 
       
     
 Rain in the front paddock. 
       
     
 Moment.
       
     
 The farm, surrounded by suburbs.
       
     
 Barn wood. 
       
     
 Mare in the rain.
       
     
 Nick and Chez in the back field. 
       
     
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 Reading the race program. 
       
     
 Watching Moment from the stands.
       
     
 Waiting for the race.
       
     
 Heartistry finishes in the money. 
       
     
 He only drank one beer- Busch.
       
     
 Saying goodbye to the old barn. 
       
     
 Storm blowing. 
       
     
 Trying to load Moment.
       
     
 Getting up and out in the morning.
       
     
 Morning thistles.
       
     
 Winter coat.
       
     
 Mares in the snow. 
       
     
 Family visit.
       
     
 Hall of Fame dance. 
       
     
 Grandad's brother Uncle Jim, at his last family Christmas. 
       
     
 Afternoon feed. 
       
     
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 Evening moms and babies.
       
     
 Holding his great-grandaughter Roslyn, one month old, days before he died.
       
     
 Filling water buckets for the night.
       
     
 Moment, running.
       
     
 Old buddy, goodnight.
       
     
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     My grandfather Richard Taylor was a harness horseman for more than 65 years. He lived through the depression, went away to WWII, and came home to start a small farm in central Indiana. He built a career as a small time breeder and trainer, racing his own horses, living life on his own terms.

As has aged there were fewer and fewer successful training seasons, but he kept going, quietly frustrated by the physical limitations of his 84 years. When I was a child, the horses, the races, and the tall, quiet man scared me. When I grew up, I was fascinated by him, by the horses and the farm, and by the template of a future self I imagined him to be. 

These are pictures of my grandfather’s corner of the world, of his relationship with his horses, and a consideration of what it means to age and have to watch that relationship slip away. In his last years he didn't talk much of the future, of how many or how few seasons he might have left. He started every spring with the promise of speed and soundness. In the end all he wanted was "to know more about a horse tomorrow than I do today."

Richard D. Taylor- Nov. 20, 1927- March 25, 2016. May he rest in peace. 

 Grandad Taylor.
       
     

Grandad Taylor.

 Training with Susie at Westwind farm.
       
     

Training with Susie at Westwind farm.

 Cold morning.
       
     

Cold morning.

 Mares in the morning fog.
       
     

Mares in the morning fog.

 Yesterdays coffee heated up in the microwave.
       
     

Yesterdays coffee heated up in the microwave.

 Heading to the track, side saddle. 
       
     

Heading to the track, side saddle. 

 Driving CC Heartistry.
       
     

Driving CC Heartistry.

 Stall door
       
     

Stall door

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 The colt and it's momma. 
       
     

The colt and it's momma. 

 Summer day.
       
     

Summer day.

 The power and the grace. 
       
     

The power and the grace. 

 The old barn.
       
     

The old barn.

 Pharoah's horses on his bedroom wall. 
       
     

Pharoah's horses on his bedroom wall. 

 Searching for a pedigree. 
       
     

Searching for a pedigree. 

 Rain in the front paddock. 
       
     

Rain in the front paddock. 

 Moment.
       
     

Moment.

 The farm, surrounded by suburbs.
       
     

The farm, surrounded by suburbs.

 Barn wood. 
       
     

Barn wood. 

 Mare in the rain.
       
     

Mare in the rain.

 Nick and Chez in the back field. 
       
     

Nick and Chez in the back field. 

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 Reading the race program. 
       
     

Reading the race program. 

 Watching Moment from the stands.
       
     

Watching Moment from the stands.

 Waiting for the race.
       
     

Waiting for the race.

 Heartistry finishes in the money. 
       
     

Heartistry finishes in the money. 

 He only drank one beer- Busch.
       
     

He only drank one beer- Busch.

 Saying goodbye to the old barn. 
       
     

Saying goodbye to the old barn. 

 Storm blowing. 
       
     

Storm blowing. 

 Trying to load Moment.
       
     

Trying to load Moment.

 Getting up and out in the morning.
       
     

Getting up and out in the morning.

 Morning thistles.
       
     

Morning thistles.

 Winter coat.
       
     

Winter coat.

 Mares in the snow. 
       
     

Mares in the snow. 

 Family visit.
       
     

Family visit.

 Hall of Fame dance. 
       
     

Hall of Fame dance. 

 Grandad's brother Uncle Jim, at his last family Christmas. 
       
     

Grandad's brother Uncle Jim, at his last family Christmas. 

 Afternoon feed. 
       
     

Afternoon feed. 

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 Evening moms and babies.
       
     

Evening moms and babies.

 Holding his great-grandaughter Roslyn, one month old, days before he died.
       
     

Holding his great-grandaughter Roslyn, one month old, days before he died.

 Filling water buckets for the night.
       
     

Filling water buckets for the night.

 Moment, running.
       
     

Moment, running.

 Old buddy, goodnight.
       
     

Old buddy, goodnight.