Today Show: Racehorse Metro Meteor Paints In Retirement
In Metro Meteor’s heyday, he was winning $300,000 a race and blowing past the competition. But by the age of six, he suffered some crippling knee injuries that have kept him off the track and forced the horse to retire from racing for good.
The world can be a cruel place for injured horses and it looked like Metro was going to be put down before his seventh birthday. That was until he was adopted by artists Ron and Wendy Krajewski, an adoption that literally saved his life. Ron told the Today Show he wanted to adopt Metro because the horse still had another 20 years to live and he didn’t want to see the horse put down.
“Think about what you are doing to the horse,” he said when talking about putting down an injured race horse.
Today Show: Metro Meteor Paintings
But Metro is not any ordinary horse. Ron said the horse is always moving around. He is always bobbing his head up and down or running around the pasture or doing circles in his pen. Ron said the horse just doesn’t stop moving which sparked in idea in his brain. Ron wanted to see what Metro could do with a paint brush. So he set up an easel, gave Metro some paints and a brush and watched the horse paint some beautifully abstract paintings. His idea had worked.
The due continued working on paintings after the success of the first piece, Metro did the painting while Ron helped him if he dropped the brush. Ron said they usually paint together a few hours every couple of days. The art dealer who sells Metro’s paintings, Dot Morgan, said she has shipped paintings to 23 states, Japan and Canada. She said Metro paints all his paintings differently. Sometimes the strokes are wild and colorful while other times they are light and precise, like he meant to put the stroke where it went.
Ron told the Today Show Metro’s painting are selling from around $500 a piece and he has already made around $20,000 in only four months. Ron takes half the money and uses it for Metro’s veterinary bills while he donates the other half of the money to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.