Why Buddy means so much to me....

This teenaged bay Arabian gelding is in rehabilitation. Watch his progress as he goes through eye surgery, gains weight and returns to his original beauty!

Why Buddy means so much to me....

Postby Juliane on Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:31 pm

Two years ago, I attended the Enumclaw auction with my old friend, Susan, and my father. I had just started Cowgirl Spirit as a 'drill team', though was having issues getting members to join because they didn't have their own horses.

I was in a position at the time that I could take on a couple extra horses. So, we went strictly to see if I could purchase a couple of cheap horses for use on the drill team. This was before I was a 'real rescuer' - I was in it for the drill team.

As I sat there in the stands with my dad, I remember this cute little Arab gelding being run through. He looked alot like Caleb - he was young, athletic and if I remember correctly, well trained. However, he was missing an eye. It wasn't an ugly old wound - it looked like it had been sewn over, though he didn't have a prosthetic, so there was a cavity where the hide was sewn over.

My dad urged me to bid on him, since no one else was. I couldn't stand the thought of having a 'disfigured' horse on the drill team. My goal was a competitive team with quality horses.

I remember feeling awful when the horse was sold for $50 to the meat man. :( My dad was disappointed in me and it was a reality check for me. It still took a month or two before Cowgirl Spirit embraced the idea of rescuing horses, and I overcame my shallow desire to have beautiful horses on the team.

That day has been stuck in my memory ever since. I wish I could go back and save that one eyed Arab that went to slaughter. :( So, when I heard about Buddy, I followed his story closely. When I found out he needed help, I wanted to try and do anything I could to make up for my mistake a few years ago.

It's been like hiding a bad secret - my not stepping up to save that one-eyed Arab. I hope his end was swift and painless. :(

Feel the Spirit, Keep on Riding!
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Postby seahorse on Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:49 pm

I understand. There was a time last spring and it was the first time you had seen Sarge since bringing him to me when he was so skinny and had 2/3 of his hair missing from rainrot and lice- and now he was all filled out and had hair and I loved him. You asked me if I wished I had known him as a younger horse and I admitted that I never would have taken him as a younger woman. I was all about "beautiful" horses and no matter how much I love him now and think he is the finest horse I have ever owned-back then Sarge would not have even been considered. I think we all grow up and gain different/better views on the world around us and the things that really matter.
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Postby tontonsmom on Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:51 pm

We all have moments that we're not proud of. I'm sure that memory is more poignant feeling like you let your dad down, on top of not taking that boy. <hugs>
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Postby shellyr on Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:37 pm

Aww....when we are young and stupid, we are all into vanity and what other people think. Then, (hopefully) we mature and realize that beauty is fleeting, and even if someone or some animal is not beautiful, they still need and deserve love. Sounds like that was a moment where you took a great leap in maturity and responsibility. Good for you! (and good for Buddy too!) :D
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Postby RockinCircleC on Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:08 pm

Amazing story. I am soo glad you were able to soothe your soul by helping out Buddy. He knows, and so does that other horse. That horse came back to you through Buddy to help you learn that lesson.

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Postby LorsaDoon on Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:08 am

Life is an evolutionary process. Yes we all make errors we look back on and are not proud or happy about.
Think of it this way though. If you had taken the other horse, it may of changed your course through lilfe and you might not have ended up here. On this path.
If you have still not forgiven yourself, it is time to do so. Sometimes forgiving ourselves for our own mistakes is much harder that forgiving others of theirs.
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Postby Hope on Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:11 am

Oh my gosh, Juliane I know EXACTLY how you feel.... I think it was around 03 was the first time I had met Hootie. The owners had purchased him local for cheap. What I saw was a VERY skinny horse, with half a tail. I thought to myself he isn't much. The girl bought him for barrel racing, and he DID NOT work out. They asked him to help them sell him. I evaluated him, and said, this horse needs weight NOW. He had a terrible ewe neck. He blossomed into this stunning horse. I began working with him almost everyday, and along the way, I could feel myself falling hard for this horse. I took him for some lessons for a week, (150 miles away) and was told that he wouldn't sell for more then $1K. I was shocked because I saw something in this horse, and I believed in him.. and had been telling the owners all along he'd be worth some money with the right training. I got back and the owners thought he looked skinny again.... NOT even. :roll: That was the last time I rode him with 2 beautiful eyes. A year and half went by, and in that time, he got the eye injury. In the back of my mind his presence was still there. The owners contacted me again, asking for help, as they were in a financial bind and needed to sell afew horses, this guy included. They had promised me a part of the sale money in exchange for helping and workign with him. I offered to take him, but they wanted money. I felt like I had failed him yet again. Then one day, out of the blue I went to the owners house for a visit. There he was, skinny and wormy looking. I asked about him, and they said they still needed to sell him (they had tried to sell him for $1K, $800, $500 and final was $300) I asked how much and they said $300. I was getting SO excited inside, adn I drove home, and talked to my husband that night (as I was taking a break from horses, and we agreed afew years without a horse, I was already going on 2 years, so it took some convincing) he knew I loved that horse. HE agreed, so I drove over there with $300 in hand. If was funny too, I started to save my money in a 'horse fund' He was finally mine!!!! We got reaquainted, and life has been great ever since. I boarded him out for the first 2 years, adn now he is finally home with me... and I LOVE looking out the window, and seeing that beautiful horse in my pasture! He'll ALWAYS be with me, I know him a nice safe, wonderful life.
I understand how you feel about Buddy. These horses are special. Hootie would do anything for me, we have a bond like no other horse I've had.
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Postby Hope on Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:17 am

Juliane- check your PMs
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