Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Horses Really Do Cry............
As most of you know, my Kola as she ages, 18 years old this year has struggled with Equine Metabolic Syndrome and symptoms of Pre-Cushings. I am not willing to take a chance on her feet with a whopping dose of steroids to check for sure and I did discuss Pergolyde treatment with her Vet, who knows her quite well, this spring and we decided that it might not be the best, but instead I will continue with her current treatment of Levothyroxime. She isn't shedding out as well this year and we've had weird weather already, hot days and cold days switching back and forth, so today I bought clippers for the first time in my horse owning life. I need to shorten her hair for the summer. Also the herd dynamics keep shifting back and forth. Misty has always been in charge, but Kola gets in her mood and becomes a raving ass towards Misty when it comes to food. They are both on a strict diet, especially Kola & that has worked fairly well so far. I've been able to keep her body score at about a "6". A slight more weighty this spring, but we're working on it. I began clipping her for the first time ever this morning and partially started, but since the clippers are new, I needed to recharge them and so far , so good.
What brought me to this post was Kola's mood, still well behaved to me, but I know she is not feeling well and being on a strict diet, I'm sure she thinks she is hungry. I went out late last night to take the dogs out and of course I go and see my horses. I decided to have a chat with Kola who in the past hasn't readily layed her head in my shoulder like Misty always has, but did this time. I promised her I would all that I could to make her more comfortable in the summer and she would get her hair shortened, and feel better, etc. . I felt a giant crocodile tear roll down my cheek as her head lay against mine. It was not my tear. And she let out a few whimpery sighs. It broke my heart. I've always known the bond between horse and person can be great and it is. And the trust of that relationship, but at that moment, it really clicked.........really clicked. So if anyone out there ever thinks that a horse has no feelings or any animal for that matter, all I can say is there is something wrong with you and you lack that ability to connect with anyone, horse, human or otherwise. I will keep my promise to Kola & Misty & all of our beloved critters that live with us until the day they leave me or I leave them, which ever comes first. As I type this, our dogs are sleeping at my feet, loyal as ever.