Metro the painting horse gets down to business.
Metro the painting horse gets down to business.

Horse has a brush with fame

A FORMER racehorse who has turned artist has managed to prolong his life by painting.

Metro had a debilitating knee condition when he was adopted in 2009 by Pennsylvania artist Ron Krajewski, who noticed how the horse liked to nod his head and thought he might be able to teach him to paint.

After training Metro with treats, he began to hand him a paint-dipped brush.

Hundreds of the animal's works have been sold.

"Metro's brush strokes are nothing a human can make, because he doesn't think about what he will do before he does it,” Mr Krajewski told the BBC. "His strokes are thick, random and sometimes broken, which lets other colours show through. It all just vibrates on the canvas.”

With Mr Krajewski's help, Metro can paint up to four pictures at once.

They can sell for up to $670 and some profit has gone on an experimental treatment for Metro's knee.

"Within a few months X-rays showed the bone growth had receded. It has added years to his life,” Mr Krajewski said.

About half the profits from the paintings go to a charity that cares for retired racehorses. - INM



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