Abandoned Grey Mare
It's January 19th 2009. I'm hanging around watching TV and all of a sudden I get the weirdest feeling in the pit of my stomach. I ignore it. Then about 30 seconds later the phone rings. I pick it up because my mom was busy doing the dishes.
"Hi. It's me Twan." Says the voice on the other end of the line. He is a good family friend who lives about 6 hours away and owns a quest ranch.
"Oh, hi! How are you?" I asked. I was completely surprised because he hardly ever calls.
"I'm good. Hey, umm do you want a horse?" Said Twan with a completely serious tone to his voice.
"Ummm....." My mind went completely blank and my mom said my face went beet red, I gave her the phone.
They started talking and my mom just said "yes" and "no" and every once in a while she would say "Oh really?".
My heart started beating faster and I could hardly breathe. I have only owned one horse in my life and that was a very long time ago. Unfortunately she died while I was on vacation so I never really got to say goodbye. For years after that my parents never had the money nor the room to get me another horse so I had to ride my friends horses. Even when I couldn't ride I would just find a nearby field of horses and watch them for hours. I would read anything and everything I could get my hands on about horses.
Finally my mom was finished on the phone. I asked her if it was a yes or a no and she said I would have to wait and see. Then she explained to me what the situation was exactly with this horse......
A few days ago the residents of a town close by where Twan lived started smelling something very peculiar. It smelled like horse meat but they all said that it couldn't be true in a little town like this. Twan heard this from a friend and decided to do a little investigation. He knew that there was someone boarding their horses at a nearby stables and decided to check there first. All he saw was a lonely grey mare and he took a walk through her field. She was very wary of him and didn't come near. After a few minutes of walking the smell got stronger and then he saw it. Someone had tried to burn the remains of a horse. The body was to far gone to be able to tell what happened to it exactly. No one else was boarding there at a that time so he looked for hay and tack and other random things needed to look after a horse properly. He found nothing. Then he left for the night.
He came back the next morning with a bale of hay and a big bucket. The mare stayed far away as he layed down three flakes and filled the bucket with water. He left the horse for the day and was going to come back the next evening to feed again. This went on for a few days while he tried to figure out what the to do with her because she was clearly left behind.
Twan already had too many horses so he couldn't keep her. They called the SPCA and they said that they would have to put her down because they had no room either. Twan called everywhere they could think and then as a last resort he called us (we lived in town at the time).
Well this is the first part of my grey mare's story. As you can see it is a lot to write so please patiently wait until Part 2....