Plough Horse and Man
Dromore, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Before machinery, furrowing a field into straight lines ready to grow crops was hard, slow work. Most of it fell to the horse. Pulling the plough, labouring up and down each field over and over, that was the horse’s job. And for all that grinding and monotonous toil, man has loved the horse. An old Dromore story tells how a local man called Robert Stephenson came to wet his horse’s face in the waters of a well not far from where this statue stands today, presumably after a long day’s furrowing. The horse’s eyes were inflamed, his eyesight failing. He was going blind. But in that small act of love from his master, a miracle happened. The cool waters of the well cured the horse’s eyes and restored his vision. It’s a story and a special relationship that shouldn’t be forgotten. To that end, the community of Dromore commissioned this metal statue by British artist, Harriet Mead. And they placed it here. On the site where once was the village forge.