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post #1 of 4 Old 08-12-2009, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thunderstorms...Spooked Colt!

Hi All,
I am Connie {Horsespirit},joined a while back.I am horse trainer/rescuer,so sometimes don't have too much time to post,but wil try!
My friends John,Robin & I own a small farm and we take in horses to train,board a few,offer riding lessons.We get a lot of abused horses that we retrain and resell.Its' a life and totally enjoy our work.
I am at present working with a yearling part QH colt named Dakota.He was already abused as a yearling by a guy,so he isn't too fond of men.Dakota and I hit it off right from the start.He follows me like a puppy,and when I am working with the other horses,he keeps a close eye on me and every once in a while,he'll whinny to make sure I'm still around!
The other night,we had a couple of bad thunderstorms.During the night Dakota must have become scared and panicked.My heart almost stopped when I arrived at the farm and saw,some boards knocked down in Dakota's paddock.He was gone,yet the old gelding he was turned out with,Texas,never left the paddock!I ran to John & Robin's house,told them what happened and John said,"you go look for him....he won't come to me even if I find him".So I saddled up Baron.I rode all around the property,up and down a few colt.Then,thought we'll I'll check down by the river and as Baron & I made our way along the river,I spotted Dakota,or should I say,he spotted me....he started to whinny when he saw us.He was on the other side of the river,so had to swim Baron across to get to him!
When we reached the colt,I noticed he had his left front hoof wedged between two logs.Lord knows how long the poor colt had been there.I freed him carefully and he seemed unhurt,just a scrape on his chest.I slipped a rope around his neck and we made for the long ride home.As we went along,Dakota kept right up beside Baron and me and kept nudging my leg,as if saying "thank you for saving me".
As I brushed,feed and bedded down a tired,but happy colt that night,I knew that this colt would become my horse!As he nuzzled my face,I whispered in his ear,"you are mind Dakota....I love you" and as our eyes met,he knew he had come home and would have a home for life.I am just so thankfull I found him and he was unhurt.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-12-2009, 01:53 PM
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I'm glad he was unhurt!! Scary!

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post #3 of 4 Old 08-12-2009, 02:20 PM
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What a beautiful and touching story!! I am so happy your colt wasn't hurt - what a horror for you finding him gone! You can just see the sweetness in his eyes! I'd say he knows he's treasured! What a lucky little guy! Keep us posted on his progress - I'd love keeping up with your training stories! Wishing you and Dakota all the best!
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-12-2009, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you girls!Yes,I am happy Dakota was unhurt too.He is one tired boy and sticks like glue to happy to be home and safe.I will keep you all updated on his training progress
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