i was talking to mo yesterday about the horses

Posted: December 10, 2006 at 8:40 am

now everyone needs to know that i know diddley squat about horses. the first horse i really knew well was our first rescue, gideon. so in the last year and a half i have had a crash course in starvation, arthritis, heart murmurs, bad teeth, laminitis, lymphoedema and cellulitis. because i know nothing about them, i like to watch them…that is how i learned about cats and dogs and bunnies. now i watch the sheep and pig and donkeys and horses so hopefully, eventually, i can learn enough about them to know what i am doing and to have a basic understanding of yet another alien species.

a couple of things i noticed with the horses while spritely teetered on the edge. when she couldn’t walk, they stayed immobile right with her. gideon kept his face and nose near to her sore leg. yesterday when she started to weight bear and walk again, they would stay with her for awhile and then they would move a short distance away. spritely would have to move to stay with them. both mo and the vet told me that spritely has to put full weight on that foot and walk in order to get the swelling down (it is how their foot and lymphatic drainage system is designed) so i am watching them make spritely move by moving away from her so she is forced to follow.

the other thing i noticed, was on the last 2 days, when i was pretty sure that spritely ‘s hope had sunk, gideon was watching me…alot. he was looking at me every chance he got. and while he was looking at me, he would put himself between spritely and me so i couldn’t see her leg. it stands to reason that ancient and wise gideon has seen many, many things in his 30 years of living. by virtue of the constant shifting and moving of horses to one home and then another, from one boarding place to the next, they travel some pretty interesting miles and chalk up some profound experiences along the way. how many times has our gideon seen a horse in crises and watched the signs that led up to death. and how many times has he watched the humans, with our weeping eyes and sad. sad hearts making that final journey of decision to let it end. my heart says that gideon knew exactly where we were going and in his own way he was doing what he could to keep spritely safe. i think that bloody horse was hiding her from me so i wouldn’t mess around with his friend.

5 Comments on "i was talking to mo yesterday about the horses"

  • Janice says

    They are an incredible speices who even though have been domesticated for 100’s of years, forget not who they are and where they come from. They take care of their herd.

    Off subject Nancy had four bears visit there back yard the other night at 3 a.m. They watched the one bear reach up and unhook the bird feeder and unscrew the top. They tried to get a picture of him holding the feeder with one paw and filling up the other one with seed.

  • Jean says

    Janice, I wonder if it is possible those are the four bears that were hanging around my property all summer – a mama and three cubs who would now be pretty big. I haven’t seen them, or their scat, since mid October I think so it is possible they’ve moved down your way.

  • Janice says

    Well actully my sister is in Mission so it sounds like your Bears are eating like a bird but okay !! groan..lol

  • Jean says

    LOL – Yep, then that’s probably the same ones. At my old place, I used to put tons of bird feeders out, especially in winter, but the previous tenants here had warned me that they attract the bears. I decided I’d rather see the birds go elsewhere than have me or my dogs become the bears’ dessert.
    Besides, it costs enough to feed my little menagerie already without adding four bears to the bill.

  • Jean says

    Hey Janice, I guess those bears haven’t left my area after all (or maybe your sister lives near me) – Carol and I saw one running down the road just a couple of houses down from my place when we were driving home tonight.
    Darn….don’t those things ever hibernate??? I was just starting to think it was safe to go wandering around again.

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