“There’s a horse to beat, there’s a horse to love”

WALL – There are two different categories of people in Zeytinburnu, Veliefendi, which you would not find so neat if you choose them. Men who are almost always losers, who can’t keep up, and those who are well off and bored. Since I spent 2 hours in total, my effort to make sociological meanings should be limited to this.

A gentleman I spoke to said to me, “You shoot people when they come in here, then when they come out. Then put them side by side,” he says. Put some music underneath, not a bad idea. The sad story of how the cursed hope of winning always ends up losing.


I talk to some of the cleaners sweeping the stand and surrounding area. They say the horses were trained in Bursa, Karacabey. “Isn’t that cruelty too?” When I say: “It’s the horses that make the money”, they say. “Don’t equate these horses with the car!”

Before starting the race, the horses are allowed a few warm-up laps. This is the closest you can see them. I stop filming for a moment and watch the horses go by one by one. Someone’s eyes are closed. Everything is so normal that the vague evil can only be felt and everything is so ordinary that you cannot intervene. It’s hard to say. While racing the horses while whipping and betting on them must have been something that could not be understood from any point of view. Didn’t Nietzsche also “lose his mind”, weeping and hugging the whipping horses? The fact that reason and compassion are not directly proportional. We know of human history.

Among the people watching barbarism from the stands, there are dramatic class stories that are obsessed with turning around soon and thinking that one day they will hit the volley. “Did Ganyan gamble and get rich? My question is always answered with the same gesture: “This place eats money out of your pocket.”


The first race starts at 2:30 p.m. Sounds like the music used in the movie “The Hunger Games”, or so it seems to me. I am not sure. The racehorses were given names such as “Night of Tears, I Saw the Sun, Aysel Ana, Tayyiphan”. Inconsistency from every angle. Towards the finale, grooms whip the horse. Slave system of the 1800s. The only difference is that animals don’t have phonetic alphabets and syntaxes like us.

Özdemir: The horse’s job is to run or carry loads.

Ramazan Özdemir is retired. He says he has been playing ganyan for 30 years. “Hanging out. Nobody gets rich with it. I’ve never heard of it,” he says. “They take good care of the horses here. There’s money in them. is to run or carry a load.


We talk about what happens when they get old, when they can’t run anymore. “They are either dying or on horseback. “The horses on the island are probably the horses that came out of the race,” he says.

Ramazan Bey drinks his beer. The ensuing conversation is more like two people talking casually, rather than a dialogue between a reporter and a news source. “The state catches the poor guy betting on coffee, he says, ‘You’re playing!’ The State is playing the bet here. He’s awesome too. The state that earns the main money. He says the people living in the lodge are the horse owners. In fact, the only difference from where we sit is that they have a table in front of them.

“There’s a horse to love, there’s a horse to beat”

Mehmet Ali Boyacı is 81 years old. He was a pharmacist at the time. “I’ve been here since I was 47. It’s the disease,” he says. We watch the race together at 3:00 p.m. I ask about the horse’s whiplash with the last 100 yards remaining. “The horse has endurance to a certain extent. When he doesn’t stay, he hits him so he can run.

“There’s a horse to beat, there’s a horse to love”

“How about the horse feed here… You can’t be fed like that. When the woman is mean, the man slaps the woman. If he objects to it, right? What will your lover do if you make the simplest of sulky faces out of your husband? Excuse me, will he send you? Is not it? There is a horse to beat, there is a horse to love.

He points out that the oppression of animals and women in his political theory of ecofeminism goes through similar historical processes. What Mehmet Ali Bey says is exactly the same. Violence against animals and violence against women are both “normal”. He also explains that aging horses are sent to stud. A good stallion can mate 7-8 times a day. “Can you do it?” comes the question.

We are also talking about his deceased wife, Mehmet Ali Bey. And his jacket handkerchief, with which he completed his white suit. “If the handkerchief is solid, I am married, if it is made like a rose, I am single…” He explains that it has such meanings.


“Exploitation sector”, explains Elif Ertürk of the platform Horses Are Dying. When he said they were well taken care of, he said: “It’s like being raped but being well cared for… That was a heavy statement, but I think that’s how it is. Well maintained, of course. Why so? They make a lot of money with it,” he says.

“Some go to equestrian clubs, few go to horse-drawn carriages”

Ertürk says some injured horses are asleep. Many are sent to equestrian clubs: “Treating an injured horse is a cost for them. They are asleep. Most horses that cannot race after the age of 10 are sent to equestrian clubs where families go with their children on weekends. Few of them are sent to the car.


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