Haven't been here on the Equisearch Forum for a while, moved, built a new house, still putting things away. Then, out of the blue, life happens.
I hoped she'd live forever, but horses can't do that. Old age and it's infirmities finally took it's toll. When she colicked the other day I knew it was the beginning of the end. And it was.
I have Christie to thank for finding her for me through Janna. It was wonderful to have my own horse again. She was inquisitive and spunky, with quite a personality and a joy to ride. And so Arab!!! Over the years we grew together as you do with your horse. I knew what to expect from her and she from me.
When we moved to Utah I worried this Cali horse wouldn't make it through the cold winters we have here. I was wrong! She grew a coat that would keep a polar bear warm!!!
Rob fed her every morning and grew to love her too. After we moved to Hatch she would recognize his car in the morning as he pulled up to feed and give the "I'm starving, where have you been?" dance every time, tossing her head and neighing.
When I rode in the wintertime, I'd let the goat, 'Bama Mama come with us, then she couldn't eat everyone's flowers as they were dormant. People would pull up along side us and take photos and ask us about our "dog". The rides in the valley were sweet, the scenery beautiful and peaceful.
In the last few months Bri had really slowed down, not so pushy, just kinda showing her age of 28. That's really old for a horse. But I thought she'd live forever.
I will miss my girl and I know many others will too, especially Kristine, Janna, Brenda, Rob, Christie and Jane. She may be gone but she's left hoof prints on my heart. I want to thank all my family and friends for the love and support you've shown me. It really does help to know others care. I only hope she heard me when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge "Pick up a canter and go toward the light"...
...and God took a handful of southerly wind, blew his breath over it and created the horse...
~ Bedouin Legend