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Closing The Barn Door...Too Late

A man closes a barn door after the horse is gone in this humorous photo that shows the hindquarters of the horse as it gallops away.
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Closing The Barn Door After The Horse Is Gone

In a  metaphor for being too late, this photo illustrates the famous saying about "Closing the barn door after the horse is gone". The man pulling the barn door closed is in a semi silhouette as the horse gallops away behind him. The image is dramatic, clear and graphic and gets is message across instantly even at small thumbnail sizes. This is a cautionary tale that applies to every business as well as to most people's personal lives.  This image can be about security, preparation, and vigilance. The inerior of the barn fades to black and contains the rest of the image within its borders providing ample space for copy and headlines. The image is a quick and easy crop from vertical to horizontal to square.

Closing Barn Doors And Advertising Messages

This "Closing The Barn Door" image can be applied to numerous advertising and promotional messages. For example, backing up your data is something that should be done consistently, yet many individuals and businesses fail to do so until it is too late. Thusly, a company that provides products or services for effective hard drive back-up, retrieval and archving can use this image to advertise and promote their solutions.  This horse fleeing the barn image can be used for advertising insurance, emergency training, and all kinds of prevention products and services. The photo is compelling with its starck grahic quality, dark silhouettes, and is understated humor.

Taking The Reins And Fleeing Horses

As this horse flees its reins fly behind it bringing to mind another common phrase "taking the reins". In this case nobody took the reins and the result is a problem. This brings the picture into the category of leadership and responsiblity imagery. This makes the photo appropriate for all manner of corporate and training issues as well as good reminders for organizations across the board.

Closing The Barn Doors After The Horse Has Bolted

Other ways of wording this idiom are "Closing The Barn Door After The Horse Has Bolted" and Shutting The Barn Door After The Horse Has Left".

 

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