Thoroughbred horse Metro Meteor tore up the track to a total of $300,000. But his life was in grave danger until Ron Krajewski, a watercolor artist who knew nothing about horses, rescued Metro and taught him how to create stunning contemporary paintings. Painting With Metro: How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) With a Paintbrush, from New Horizon Press, and available now on Amazon.com, is the unlikely love story between a man and his horse, both artists.
While Metro Meteor was still young, the horse’s knees were a mess, ground to a pulp by the rigors of the track and Metro’s future was very uncertain. When Metro arrived, Ron faced vicious bites, kicks, and all around bad attitude.
A withdrawn man who avoided interaction with other people, Ron stubbornly believed in his horse’s will and intelligence and he taught Metro how to paint stunning contemporary abstracts. Metro took to his new avocation with glee. As the stack of painted canvases grew, so did the bond between Ron and Metro, one brush stroke at a time.
Today, Metro is one of the world’s most famous horses and his paintings are helping other racehorses get a fresh chance at a new life. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of Metro’s paintings are donated to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption program to help other retired racehorses find second careers and loving homes. To date, Metro has raised over $80,000 for the cause.
Learn more about Ron and Metro’s story in the video above, or visit Metro’s website for more artworks.