the horse project, portland or


horse tied to ring, Portland

It all began...

with an artist named Scott Wayne Indiana. He knew about the horse rings in many Portland sidewalks and thought it was a shame that we don't tie our horses to them anymore. Scott decided to change that and tied his first pony to a horse ring in the fall of 2005 in the revitalized Pearl District in Northwest Portland. After a few months, he expanded the horse project and asked for some help. Now these horses are showing up all over Portland. You can find them in most parts of Portland now.

Where do we go from here?

boys discovering a pony

Our vision is for people to adopt this project and make it their own, deploying horses in their neighborhoods, wherever there are horse rings. We'd also love to see these horses decorated and cared for in interesting and unique ways. We'd like to make this project one of those quirky Portland things that people remember and talk about, but we can't do it without your help! Find a horse and a ring and add to the project. We would love for you to share your ideas and stories in our Guest Book. There are more ideas in our "How you can help" page.


          The Portland Pony Project

It seems that we gallop through life in a haze
And don't notice the things we race by every day
Until a time comes when a change will occur
That will cause us to notice, stop and confer
We talk to our neighbors; ask "was that always there?"
"I never saw it before", the neighbors declare.

So it was with the horse rings 'til Scott came along
Thinking "I've an idea that could gather a throng!"
He found some toy horses and tied them up tight
Then sat back to watch and see if they might
Cause people to notice what was always around;
What they had been missing – now they had found.

Now many people will pause for awhile
And others will notice, and they also smile
To see these small horses tied up to the rings
Where once their much bigger brothers had been
And maybe they'll even see a lot more
Of what they've been missing; it's happened before!

His project is spreading and now there's a herd
Of horse-loving folks who've also been spurred
To add some small horses to places near you
Hoping they’ll catch you smiling too.
Watch over our ponies, maybe bring them a rider
And we can make Portland a little bit brighter.


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