The horses and I have been cooped up for a couple of weeks.
I board my horses. They live in stalls and when we don't drive, I at
least try to get them out to turn them loose in the arena to run
and buck and roll, and roll.
Patience is a little mini mare that is at the
beginning of Cushings. She foundered several years ago and
by trimming her, the farrier keeps her comfortable but it has been years
since she was totally sound. Can't drive her anymore. When I
lead her out with the other two mares to the arena, she hobbles along like a
little senior citizen but she wants to go. Then she walks around
the arena looking for green weeds or stands and does the mutual grooming
with the other two....unless they are running and bucking. Then
she just watches.
As I said, the horses haven't been out to play, between
the parade schedule we have and this darn cold, for several
weeks. But yesterday, I made a point of getting over to the
ranch. Took the stallions out to play. Then it was the mares' turn,
As I was walking back to the barn, I turned to see if the girls were
running around or just rolling ....and much to my surprise, I saw a totally
thrilling sight. Patience was runnning. And I mean really
running, like she used to. Then she would stop. Catch her
breath, and run the other way.
This story is long, but there are some of you that can really
appreciate the sight of a special little horse being able to enjoy a good
run, feeling healthy enough to run, and .....Well
Merry Christmas to Patience...and to all of your special little
Carlynne Allbee and Gumtree's Patience
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