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    07-09-2012, 03:32 PM
  #11
Foal
So sorry for your loss...I lost my heart horse Apache a year ago from a tragic trail riding accident..Still hard to tell so here is a link to what happened Apache's last ride..*warning a tad graphic* for those who wish to read it. Apache got me through my husbands deployment and happily stood quietly so I could cry into his mane and listen when I needed to vent..We taught each other so much and it hurt to lose him after having him for only two years...but I am thankful that I had those two wonderful years with him. Here is a pic of him :)








Now as far as your question...Myself I personally think that you can have another heart horse.That is my opinion though. A woman on another horse forum had followed my threads on my Apache boy and after reading what happened she offered me a gorgeous grullo QH colt who has won my heart. He is everything I want in a horse and more..If you would have asked me a few months ago if I would consider him my heart horse I would have adamantly(sp?) denied it...However now I can easily say that I think he is..I think my heart is big enough to have room for two :) Here is a pic of my Wolfman



     
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    07-09-2012, 03:58 PM
  #12
Yearling
I've had one "heart horse". I never got over him. I still miss him.

It depends on the person. I don't bond quickly and it takes something very out-of-the-ordinary for me to create any type of bond. There are people who bond instantly.

I do believe that paths cross for a reason and that spiritual connections run deeper than just human-human. You can have more than one soul who your own soul recognizes and connects with instantly. They come in any shape or form, cat, horse, dog, human, rhino, whatever. When your soul connects with another, it connects. It can happen multiple times in your life.

Its not the body you connect with, its the soul. If it happens to be a horse, that's even better.
     
    07-09-2012, 04:18 PM
  #13
Yearling
I have owned and worked with many, many horses, but have only considered one of them to be my heart horse. I have had very deep bonds with a handful of horses, but have only had that "special" bond once.

I met my heart horse, Roo, at a job that I used to have. I was training a lady's horses in exchange for a saddle. The lady went to see Roo, tried her out and didn't like her at all, but brought her home anyway because the poor girl was about 150 pounds underweight. We put lots of weight on her, and, I was nominated to start riding her. I was a bit skeptical at first, but as soon as I laid eyes on her, I fell in love with her. (I know, it sounds a bit sappy... lol) Since she was a barrel horse, I tried her on the pattern, only to find out that she was completely blown up. All she'd do was run, wouldn't think, and wouldn't use herself around the barrels. So, I completely retrained her. I rode every single day for about 5 months, until I had to quit working there. Devastated, I tried for DAYS to convince everyone that I wanted to trade my gelding (who was doing wonderfully with me at the moment) for this mare. FINALLY, the lady agreed (I'm convinced it was because she tried running her again and it wasn't working out...) to trade them. Now I have her at home and am going to start showing her. Every time she sees me, she whinnies, and, when I go to catch her, she comes running and sticks her nose in my face. I love her.
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I do believe, however, that you can have more than one heart horse. You just have to be willing to let it happen.
     
    07-09-2012, 04:51 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I'm so sorry for your loss!

I think you can have more then one!! I think it has to be on the horses terms and your ability to "let them in". They can never replace each other, but each can have a special place in your heart. My heart horse doesn't belong to me, I trained her for the barn I work at. It's so apparent she is attached to me everyone, including the barn owner, that they just refer to her as my horse.

I knew she was my heart horse about a year ago. I was away for 3 months. When I finally came back I went out to see her even though it was dark. She was eating so I called her name and she came running over to me. I stood with her for a while and scratched and hugged her. Then I sat down on the bottom rail of the fence and she came and stood over me, relaxed her leg and put her head right into my lap and rested it on my head and shoulders. I was there for an hour and she didn't leave my side once. She could of finished her dinner or went and hung out with the two other horses but she chose to stay with me. When I climbed back through the fence she was pushing on it trying to get back to me. As I walked away she ran to the gate for me to take her and when I didn't she followed me straight down the fence line and watched me until I was out of sight.

That was the most touching horse moment I've ever experienced! Definitely once in a lifetime!
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    07-09-2012, 04:57 PM
  #15
Yearling
Cowgirl, that story reminds me so much of when my two year old dog Severus died last year (June 30) after getting hit by a car. He'd had a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, and bleeding in his lungs. By the time I had managed to snap my mother out of her obsession with getting our other dog (already dead) out of the road and get Severus to the vet there was nothing we could do. Before I could answer the question of whether I wanted them to euthanize my baby he had already started violently drowning in his own blood D:

These things happen, and we all wish they didn't. Whether it's two dogs too excited running into rush hour traffic or a horse that's too frightened with too much momentum, a loss that great is too much to bear sometimes. Though I firmly believe that our departed babies are always with us no matter where we are. I sometimes even feel that Severus is laying down on my floor with his head resting on my bed like he used to do. Even though I miss him terribly, if the accident hadn't happened I wouldn't have been able to adopt my heart horse.
     
    07-09-2012, 05:14 PM
  #16
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I have lost some heart animals some time ago. Two cats and a dog, they were my soulmates, my guardians and my inspiration, especially because I have hard time making relationships with people and they helped me to become a better person. But with each tragic or natural loss, there came along circumstances, sometimes even unbelievable in their timing, significance and precision, that brought me to other heart animals eventually. Yes, they are not copies of my passed away pets, and they shouldn't be, but I somehow feel they are related, and, when I dream of those who have passed the great borderline, I know in my heart that in some unexplainable ways they have helped me in meeting their successors.

And, be it wishful thinking or not, I know that when my time comes, there will be a lot of rushing paws and hooves, racing to meet me where we all shall meet one happy day.

I have yet to meet someone who is NOT my heart cat/dog/horse. :)
     
    07-09-2012, 10:00 PM
  #17
Weanling
For many years I thought there was only one heart horse in my life, he was my best friend and confidante, and we knew each other like you know the back of your hand. I still hurt over losing him, and that's been 15 years ago.

Then a little plain brown Arabian mare stole my heart again, 3 years ago. Never saw it coming, we've had lots of horses before her and now after her without me feeling like that. She was the bravest, kindest little mare I have ever known.

Unfortunately,we lost her in an accident when she broke her hip. Once again I have been devastated, and I don't believe I will ever have another "heart" horse. Don't think this poor old heart can stand it.
     
    07-09-2012, 10:26 PM
  #18
Weanling
First of all, **** all of you for making me cry.

I lost my girl Bella in December. I had been out of horses for many years, but as soon as I saw her I fell in love. We were only together 6 months, but it doesnt take long for these attachments to happen.


     
    07-09-2012, 10:49 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I honestly feel you CAN have another heart horse. Many in fact. Maybe I just bond too easy, I don't know, but every horse I have ever had (except the two from hell) I have had a wonderful, bonded relationship with.

I remember when the first horse died I cried whenever I thought of him for about two years. He died of colic and I was so upset that perhaps I failed him somehow. But I've had other horses and lost other horses and they were all so special to me but I did manage to love again.

I think of it like children. Does a mother only love her first child? What about her second or third? One never takes the place of the other, but somehow there is room in your heart to love them all dearly. That's how I feel about my horses. I love them all dearly even though they are all different and I would cry and mourn and be beside myself if I lost any of them. One will never take the place of another, but I do love them all like members of my family. Heck, I think I love my first and only foal as if he were my very own child. I only get upset with him because I have such high expectations for our future together. And yet if he totally let me down I don't think I could ever part with him.

It's kind of bad to be that bonded with a horse. I know other people buy and sell horses and think nothing of it. But I am not wired that way. I get very attached.

Actually, I would think it odd if I had a horse for any length of time and didn't get attached. If I wasn't bonded with them, why even have them? To me it's all about the relationship. If I needed something to get from point A to point B, I would choose something motorized.
     
    07-10-2012, 12:35 AM
  #20
Weanling
I think it's possible, but maybe not in the same way. You may not even realize it. I believe I have heart horse #2 right now, but it's such a different relationship.

My 1st heart horse was my first horse, an Arabian gelding named Victor. He was awesome, I loved him and we had a connection that was out of this world. I could climb on him in the pasture with no halter or anything, and I could ride him all over. I trusted him and he trusted me and we went through so much together. I had to have him put down 10 years ago and I still get teary eyed thinking of him. During the time that I had him, I got a little Arabian filly named Dora. I liked her a lot, but she was so showy and fancy, very fine boned and I wanted something built for endurance riding. It was maybe a year after Victor passed that I decided to sell her to someone that would show her and give her a chance with that world because I wasn't into all that. I had a few horses inbetween, still, none were special and none really clicked.

Back in 2008, a friend of mine was murdered. Not going to get into all of that, but I had a really hard time with it. Dora came back up in my life, and she was for sale. I don't know why, but I wanted her back. I REALLY wanted her back. I was afraid she wouldn't be the same (it had been nearly 7 years) but I scheduled a time to see her. When I got out of my car and started to the barn, she was tied out. When she saw me and heard me talking her ears pricked and her eyes got big and she went nuts, nickering, whinnying, prancing all around. The girl was like "wow, she has never done this", and when I got to her she smelled me all over and it was the same little filly I had owned the years before. Needless to say, I got her. She helped heal the hole in my heart from the loss of my friend.

I say all this because we do have a connection. She loves me with whatever love horses are capable of, she enjoys being with me and snubs most anyone else. I can call her name and she picks her head up and answers. Riding isn't the most pleasurable because I still want just a riding horse and she's very prim and proper. We have arguments, our relationship isn't perfect, but we're good for each other. It's in no way the same as my first horse, but the connection is there. It's like she and I are besties where as my first horse was my soulmate.
     

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