From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a horse," or, '"that's a lot of money, for just a horse". They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse," but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the dark.
Those who think it's "just a horse," probably also use phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."
"Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. 'Just a horse' brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.
Because of "just a horse" I rise early, take long walks, and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse", but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday others have the opportunity to understand that it's not "just a horse" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse", smile. You are one of the blessed few who understands.
Found literally dropped off and abandoned by the side of the road, this sweet, beautiful girl was brought to us in the hopes that we can help her recover. Still being evaluated, she has multiple issues, she is suffering from severe neglect, starvation, dental issues (I believe she has an underbite commonly referred to as "monkey" or "sow" mouth or "undershot jaw". Tricky at best because it not only impedes proper grazing, it can also cause misalignment of the grinding molars, so may interfere with processing forage.), and hoof problems (she still moves sound, but definitely needs work!).
She will need veterinary evaluation to see what can be done to improve her general condition, and see what her true age is (her Galvayne's groove doesnt coincide with her general appearance & condition,possibly due to her dental issues.), and how her teeth & diet may be best addressed.
But she is a gentle, well-mannered mare, who seems to have training, leads, ties, trailered, etc. like a lady. a wiggle and a giggle to her step and personality, and that classic Arab tail carriage when she moves that looks like a bouncy ponytial from the 50s. And just look at that face ... The Big Bopper had it right "There ain't nothin' in the world, Like a big eyed girl" and just look at those eyes of hers, she wants to be right in the middle of things & she isn't giving up yet!!
UPDATE---It turns out that Chantilly is about 25 years old. She's been evaluated by our vet Iron Will, her teeth floated, a special senior slurry diet put in place, and other evaluations done (thanks John!!). Her hooves have been trimmed and reshaped (thanks Rex!!). Gaining weight, the rest of her is catching up to her pretty face, she's going to be a beauty!! And we have our good friend, and fellow Guardian, Gregory Pitre and his family, to thank for making this possible with their generous sponsorship of Chantilly's vetcare & other needs via our Hearts for Smiles, Senior Hearts, and Hearts for Hooves programs. This is one lucky girl and we need only watch her around the barnyard to see how much she appreciates it also!!
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