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Things I have learned from our rescue horse
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Things I have learned from our rescue horse

R-- remember that your horse is a reflection of you and how you interact with him/her. The more time and  energy  you put into  it, the more you will be rewarded.

E-- everyday is  an opportunity to grow your relationship and learn more about your horse. It is the time you put into the relationship that will bring you to level of understanding you never thought was possible and is so rewarding!

S-- sometimes it's the little things that matter most. It's not the  papers of registration, the bloodlines, the fancy barn facilities or even the  training you or your horse have had in the past. It's how much heart you put into it.

C-- choices are made every day. We choose to care enough to become a forever home for our adopted rescue horse.

U-- understand that all things happen for a reason and we can learn from them if we look back with honesty and appreciation.

E-- every horse can teach you something if you listen!

 

Our horse is not perfect, or even registered for that matter, but he has taught me so much in the  five plus years we have owned and loved him. I am a better person for having known him and I plan on continuing to learn and grow with him for all of his years!

 

 

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  1. Barnboot Bailey
    Barnboot Bailey
    Love it! Too often are the points you made overlooked in the relationships people have with their horses. Thank you for the nicely written reminder. :)
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  2. jst4horses
    What a great post! I usually have bought great, sound horses for my riders (veterans and their families, high risk youth and their families) but occasionally have rescued a horse I knew from here or there. The vet once told me as he was treating another of my thirty plus year old horses that once a horse was in our barn, they had it made. There have been times, as when we moved into a stable with paddocks that turned in to MUD, and when I had cancer and had to put them in a "real" boarding stable and could not take care of them as well as I wanted to, so I do not judge other horse owners. I used to think it was horrible to see a person riding a limpy horse. Then I had a thirty three year old with arthritis. I used to bring her out the stall, limping, we would go out grazing, I would just sit on her back, halter only and by the time we had grazed around the mountain for an hour or two, no more limping, and she would run around and play with the dogs. I used to think it was horrible to see a person riding a muddy horse. Lazy jerks, I pompously thought. Then I rented a stable in MUD, and found out horses LOVE to roll, over and over and dry in the mud. I put blankets on them, only to have the blankets so crusted I had to wash them with a power hose before washing them in a machine. I would clean for four hours and not have ONE paddock cleared of mud. We finally moved. It is not easy to find a home for as many horses as our owners have that lend us horses for the program. There I was, out riding horses with a nice clean saddle area, and face, and MUD everywhere else. The horses did not mind, or suffer. I thought how can a person have a horse in a backyard, they need an arena, blah, blah. Then I took care of three horses that lived in a converted garage for a police officer who brought home horses for the family. They rode almost every day, ate the lawn (and the vege garden when they could get a chance) and were loved, loved, loved. One day a young girl asked her Mom what chaps were at a tack shop. The mom said "oh, you have to have them to train horses". I looked at my short shorts, my tennis shoes, and my ragged tee shirt. I said, "you know, I have never had one horse ask me for my chaps, or refuse to be trained". I laughed at that woman's look. She would have really stared if she knew I mostly trained barefoot as well. My Godson took a picture of me training out a stallion hot off the track, all the stallion had on was his Naturalhorsemanship halter. When he brought me a copy of the picture, he said "the horse is wearing more than you". BUT, I have kept every horse, even through level four, stage four cancer and an insurance company that denied me, so I had to sell the house, the truck and live on my older son's couch to live. BUT, I am cancer free, and the words of the vet mean more to me than being able to buy new boots, and riding apparel and blankets and matching buckets for the horses, but those are FUN.
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    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      Great news on being cancer free! Love your story too! :)
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  3. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Great Blog & very great points. Voted :)
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  4. jst4horses
    To Rene: thank you for your cancer thoughts. My sons just said, we are not ready for you to go, get better. My doctor called and said the cancer committee for hopeless cases had decided to put me in their research program. Eight years later, here I am, still horsin' around. YAY, and Thank you God. It was strange a man was talking about his prognosis last week, and a couple of us said.............what can a little faith do harm to you........He found out today that there is another doctor who is much more aggressive and successful with his type of MS, and is going to try the new treatments. HE wants to ride again, not just sit in his walker/chair and watch. We have many terminally ill people who come out and just watch, or feed carrots, or ride and get active. Many of them have survived for years, or been cured. Even horses. We had a horse that cracked both rear legs kicking the fence. We thought we would have to put her down. We did a LOT of leg work and healing practice with her, and help from our vet. She is six months in and walking fine, and back to teaching lessons. We have a young mare we rescued when she broke her front left leg (probably running through rocks with a young owner who did not know what to do with her) the vet took computerized scans and said FOUR breaks, but they have calcified, so just put her in stall and give her a chance. She jumped the fence on her paddock and found some young Arabian stallions and let them out on the mountain. Now she has a surprise filly. She also is walking some of the time without a limp! AND she finally has decided to like us. Who knows why. She will really never be rideable again, but the women and girls love to brush her and give her baths, and braid up her lovely mane and tale. The filly thinks that all is a lot of fun, too.
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    1. Rene Wright
      Rene Wright
      God is so amazing.. isn't He?! :D
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