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post #1 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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An amazing thing happened.

This is a bit of a 'wow' story from me about something that I personally find absolutely amazing.

Our BO (who's family is a very close friend of mine) used to own a beautiful, show quality peruvian paso mare named Indi. She was the prize of the pasture...everyone absolutely adored her. She has perfect manners, the most beautiful gait we've ever seen, and an obvious love for her owner. I've never seen a horse and rider bonded as closely as this man who was supposively a 'rough and tough' horse person. Indi was bred once, mothering a beautiful chocolate colored pasoxarab colt. The colt- name Duke- also seemed to be very strongly bonded to our BO, and the three of them were an amazing thing to see. Duke would follow happily as Indi and the BO worked together, calmly standing for anything that he was asked to do. He loved our BO.

Unfortunately, hard times struck us and the colt had to be sold at a year old. We tried very hard to be sure he went to a good place, selecting a woman and her husband who wanted to use him for show once he was older (he is gaited, as is his mother).

Four months later, Indi was mysteriously attacked and found dead when we came out, obviously beated and dragged. Our BO was furious.

For nearly two years, BO has refused to buy himself another horse, or to even ride- save for correcting a young horse here and there. He seemed so...sad. Withdrawn.

About seven months ago, the BO's wife, the farm's trainer, I, and one of the other regular volunteers decided that we were going to find Duke- his beloved Indi's only colt for him.

For months and months we tried every idea we could think of. We had pretty much given up.

One day a month and a half or so ago, the trainer and I went to a small auction two towns away in search of a small pony to add to our training program. As we were looking at a little grey, we suddenly started hearing a thrashing and squealing at the very end of the shed row, and turning around- we were astonished to see a beautifully built, chocolate and dappled, mirror image of Indi- rearing up as tall as he could possibly go, screaming.

Looking at eachother, we both instantly knew. Our quest had come to an end. We had found Duke.

He was a monster. He was sleek and shiny, obviously fed well- but something about him screamed hate. He was shoved back into his stall as two men yelled profanities at him, and left. Cautiously we approached, only to be lunged at with bared teeth by now-three-year-old Duke. We instantly noticed thin welts all over his face and scars marring his legs and hindquarters, and we knew he had to come home with us.

He flipped over in the ring at auction time, almost breaking free twice. It wasn't hard to secure him for $400. By now were were extremely worried about his temperment, having already noticed that he was still intact and very strong, dispite being barely 14hh.

It took five men to get Duke into our trailer, but finally, we were off.

When he returned to the farm with us, he had bruised his foot, cut his jaw, and kicked more dents than I can count into the trailer. We regretting bringing him back. The BO isn't an old man, but he's approaching his mid fifties, and a stud colt with this much hate burning in his seemed disasterous to pair the two of them together.

He lunged and kicked and reared and bucked as we struggled to get him into his pen, dangerous and strong. We left him alone.

For two days we tried to get the BO to come and see the new colt, telling him that there was something about him that he would like. He refused. Meanwhile, Duke rampaged- trying to attack us when we went to feed him, screaming at us as we retreated, throwing himself into the fence trying to escape. We were so near giving up.

Then it happend. By chance, our BO happened to walk by Duke's pen. No one was there to see them meet (though we sorely wish that we had been) but an hour later when I went looking for him- I noticed someone in Duke's pen....completely at ease and crooning duke laid completely calm and relaxed, with his chin propped lightly on our BO's shoulder.

I swear, I almost cried. Both looked so happy and at peace...and they are. Only a month later, Duke has changed into a COMPLETELY different horse. From the hate filled demon to a velcro pony, he follows the BO everywhere and nickers excitedly every time he sees his friend coming. He was gelded last week and our BO miraculously already has him wearing a saddle, going along happy-as-can-be, doing whatever our BO wants. He is a beautiful animal with the same floaty gaits that his mother had, and quite obviously- the same love for the man she called her master.

I am so excited to see their training progress, and I feel so blessed to have been a part of their happy ending...or beginning ;)

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 10:59 AM
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That's amazing! How lucky of you to find him where he was, and the fact that he seemed to have remember the BO was so cute. He's gonna make a great horse. :)
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I have tears in my eyes. Beautiful story.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 11:11 AM
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That is a beautiful story. People always ask if their horse truly loves them or not. Here's a good example. Its not in all cases but there is and always will be that one special animal.
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 12:38 PM
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That was so heartwarming... I'm so sorry about Indi :(

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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thankyou everyone. It amazes me how quickly Duke remembered BO. I figured that we'd have month, possibly even years of rehab before he would calm down.

I still can't find out much about his previous owners, besides the fact that the one he had at the time of sale owns a large string of show ponies and is known for mistreating them. I also heard from his supposive groom that he had been stalled for the greater part of his two year old life, away from everyone else- because he was 'agressive.' That does NOT match up to the puppy-dog yearling that we originally sold. The scars on his legs are horrendous, and on closer inspection we noticed quite a few open cuts near his sheath. We're assuming that a whip was used to create these. He's still a bit wary (and rightly so) of anyone but BO, but he willingly meets us if BO is there to 'protect' him. I think being in an open space with free grazing (not that there's any grass...hehe) and his 'childhood' companions Cowboy and Noah has helped him tremendously.

LoveStory- thankyou. We unfortunately found nothing out about her death. We have no idea why someone would do that to a horse of ours, especially her.

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That's the most fantastic end to a sad story that I have ever heard! It's so wonderful to know that that kind of bond exists.
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YOu should find picture of the mare, of duke as a babe and of the people involved (if they agree) and submit this story to a magazine. Equus? It would get published, I bet.
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That would be amazing! I'll have to ask. Although something tells me BO won't easily be convinced! haha, he likes to keep up his image...xD

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