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post #11 of 28 Old 05-20-2008, 10:09 AM
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Kim Angel you made me CRY!! I'm sitting in my classroom (my kids are working) with tears streaming down my face! I had to convince them I was ok, so now they are all reading your posts and the girls are crying. Silly 5th graders!
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post #12 of 28 Old 05-20-2008, 10:38 AM
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Awwww. *hugs*


Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
R.I.P. Cocoa 4/13/78 - 2/9/11
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post #13 of 28 Old 05-20-2008, 01:15 PM
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Kim-your story brought tears to my eyes as well! Give Cocoa a big old hug for me, what a special girl!

I really do think all my horses ( 5 of them) have come to me for some sort of reason. It's very obvioius why Kita and Dillon came to me but the other three (Tana, Que and North) not so much. But if you look a little closer you can see why I need each of them too.
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post #14 of 28 Old 05-20-2008, 06:26 PM
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When my girlfriend had to relocate to AZ she offered me her 2 geldings. My husband David was raised on a sheep farm and is an animal person but was taught that horses were expensive useless animals that cribb, dug holes, ruin fields, etc. He said we'd never have any on our farm. Well I pouted and sulked like a good wife can and he finally gave in but swore he'd never have anything to do with "those animals".
One of the horses is DB, a 26 yr old 14h Arabian who had been abused when my friend got him. He was way under weight with open wounds and didn't trust anyone. Even during the 6 years she had him, DB never really settled in, never really trusted, was very skiddish, etc. She didn't really mind because he was just a companion to her TB. I figured I'd just feed him and work with him as much as he'd let me until old age did him in. No big deal.
The day DB was delivered to our farm, we got him out of the trailer expecting him to panic when we released him in the pasture with the TB. Instead that horse walked directly up to my husband and laid his chin on David's shoulder. There they stood for what seemed like 5 minutes before my husband reached up and started rubbing DB's neck. That was 4 months ago. The 2 of them are now basically inseparible. If David is late getting home from work, DB catches an attitude. If he doesn't go straight to the pasture to see him, DB starts calling for him. [My friend said she's never heard him make a sound.] If we are standing in the barn or pasture together DB will come up and wedge just his head between us. And David is just as bad. He'll call to check on "his" horse, takes him running (David doesn't ride) and ignores me to spend time grooming DB. David can do anything to or with that horse. I am seeing a side of my husband that I knew was there but didn't know how to bring out.
Things like this don't just happen. There has to be some sort of higher power that knew those 2 needed each other and the best time to bring them together. Now I just have to pray that horse lives at least another 10 15 years!
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post #15 of 28 Old 05-20-2008, 06:40 PM
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I feel lucky to have known and ridden some wonderful horses through out the years. I have learned something from each one, and hopefully made their time with me special too.
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post #16 of 28 Old 05-20-2008, 10:38 PM
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I don't have a tear jerker of a story...yet! I feel totally and completely blessed to have these horses. We have only had them since October of last year and they needed us despretly. They were in a crummy pasture loosing weight and not being fed and watered regularly. I imagine we are going to find out how much we needed them too. They are youngish 9 and 7, and they are not as well broke as I had hoped for. I am finding out that courage I thought I had, I actually lack. Patience I thought I mastered, I don't have. And that knowledge that I love to seek has become a full time job. Yet we keep plowing on. I'll let you all know how this story continues!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20

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post #17 of 28 Old 05-20-2008, 11:35 PM
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Kim what a great story I love happy endings!
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post #18 of 28 Old 05-21-2008, 01:02 AM
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Do they find us?

Now there is a question I never thought about before. Are horses being "sent" to us because they are the right match for us?

Or maybe we "attract" the horse we are "meant " to have.

Maybe its a bit of both. Like when we toss a pebble into the pond the ripples reach the far shore with untold messages. . . who knows? But I know when I learned to listen for them, I began to hear them. Perhaps it is the same with horses too. I am still learning here. I think it must be somewhat the same... somehow.
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post #19 of 28 Old 05-21-2008, 08:31 AM
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I dunno.... I wonder sometimes too because all of mine (except Ri, who was born with me) have stories of either abuse or neglect or sometype of hardship in there background... Do they come to me because they know I'll keep them forever??? I don't know... It's strange how things work out huh?
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post #20 of 28 Old 05-21-2008, 09:21 AM
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Dumas- I love your thoughts. After reading this questions I've been thinking about why mine was sent to me and my non -horse loving husband. I think what you said is correct. They gave me a higher level of patience when I think I cannot handle another thing, they gave me the true meaning of unconditional love, they gave me trust, which is something I lack. I have a tendency to push people, be it friends or strangers away because I have a difficult time trusting. If I can't trust these huge (or sometimes small) animals with my life (and my family's life), then who can I trust?

I actually put some thought into why my horses are with me. It took me a while but each one tells a story....

My husband wanted nothing to do with horses but I talked him into it. "Let's just go to the Livestock auction to see what it's all about"... we looked around for what seemed like hours. We found this one wild horse that someone was "attempting" to ride. We watched him for a while, my husband for some reason was drawn to him. The "rider" got off the horse and Slick came over to my husband instantly, as if he had been watching us too. He now is the most wonderful horse, although he is DEFINITELY my husband's horse. He does everything perfect for him, but when I ride him, he let's me know he doesn't like it!

My horse's story is along the same lines...a lady had posted an ad that I responded to. She was selling a gorgeous Palomino mare. Trained to the hilt, kind, gentle, etc. I got there and saw her. She was just as lovely as the pictures, rode her, everything was fine (a little skiddish at times though nothing a little more ride time couldn't cure), then I saw my Rocket in his stall. He was very buddy sour and kept whinnying to the mare. I asked the lady if she was selling him and she said she was interested in selling him, but he was her horse and it would be difficult to let him go. (she had just gone through a divorce so she needed the money and didn't have the time for the horses since she was working more). She brought him out and although he was still a little distracted by the mare, he was the most loving horse I had ever met. He had an awful case of summer itch so a lot of his hair, mane, and tail were missing, but I saw nothing but beauty. God he was gorgeous! I rode him and all was good. My husband couldn't believe I wanted him over my dream horse, but for some reason I did. We took him home the following weekend. He still continues to greet me everyday with that same whinny. I don't know if it's a "feed me" yell or a "thank God you are finally home" nicker. I like to think the latter. He is now gone to training to work out some issues and I miss him tremendously!! (Coming back June 1st though)

I have 2 other horses. One I just got, we are still figuring out what made us go back to the auction house as we didn't need or want another horse, but that's where I found our new Haflinger. (Yes, he was confirmed by our vet to be a Halffie!) I need to think about this one and why he came into our lives!

My daughter's horse was a rescue. I know why he needed us. Enough said.

Thank you for starting this thread! It's really neat to think about why things happen i this crazy world. Sometimes we don't stop our daily lives long enough to aprreciate the "whys"....
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