Tonight I'm thinking of the many wonderful people I've met over the last few years who open their hearts to horses. Many of you have been involved intensely with rescue work and have courageously found answers that saved horses who would have been lost without your aid. My "saving" energy has gone into my sweet grannie horse Lyra. She just had her teeth done and I learned that her age is more "around" 25 than 20. I would save more, if I could. Right in the very place I find such joy, the general pasture at Freshwater, are two who need someone to help. Quickly, I suspect.
He is a big boned, nine year old, quarter type gelding. A blood bay. I just found out his name is Moose. His mare is a petite 23 year old thoroughbred who was sleek and lovely when she entered the GP months ago. Moose is fiercely protective of her, runs off any horse that looks at his girl. Even Red. No one has come to care for Moose and his sweetie through the long cold months. They have dropped their weight. The mare is in trouble. I wrote about her earlier in the week.
Tonight Bay Mare kept laying down. She had a hard time getting up. Moose stayed close by. Loyalty - horses have it in their bones. I came close to Bay Mare and she nickered to me. Soft, scared eyes. She knows. I had written my barn manager a note about her eariler in the week. Tonight I called him. He called their owner and then told me that he or she is coming to check on them tomorrow, but they are in arrears and probably won't want the horses. Not want their horses? What kind of people take such vivid personalities with such clear and shining spirits and leave them to fend for themselves for MONTHS and then decide they don't want them? Not want Moose and his bay mare? If the owners of Moose and Bay Mare don't pay their bill, then they will get sold or taken over the mountains to auction. These days only the meat folk buy horses like this at auctions.
I want to save Moose and Bay Mare. I told my barn manager to tell me before anyone started talking about hauling horses to auction. I have a two horse herd. That is what I can do well. And I cannot let Moose and Bay Mare fall by the way side. I've walked beside them in the herd for months. Don't know what the answer will be. Tonight they will be in my prayers.