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Official "Dear Willem" Advice Thread

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  • Willem, may a human ask for advice from you too? You seem very wise and knowledgeable and I was hoping you would have some words of wisdom for me.

    Two years ago, my best friend in all the world, Amiga, went to heaven and left me feeling very very sad all the time. You would have loved her, Willem - she was so sweet and beautiful and friendly. She took her tiny baby filly, Esperanza, with her too, and I never even got to meet her or say goodbye to Amiga, because I was 15 hours away on the road, with a dead cell phone. And so I didn't learn of the sad news until the next morning when I called my sister for an update.

    My point, Willem, is that I am very lonely and sad now, because I have no horses to be friends with. I don't know anyone around me who will let me ride their horses unless I go two hours south, which is just too long a drive for a Mouse to make every weekend.

    I dreamed about Amiga last night and I woke up crying. I have finally managed to let her go, but I miss her so much. I wish that I could have a horse again, so that I would not be so lonely, but we just can't afford it. I can't even have a cat or a dog because our landlord forbids it.

    This all makes for a very gray Mouse. Do you have any advice for me, Willem? I would be very grateful for anything you have to tell me.

    This is Amiga.


    Book: If you take advantage of her, you\'re going to burn in a very special level of Hell, a level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater. Firefly


    • Your letter it haff made me cryed. This it be so verrie sad und if you vos here right now I could giff you some kusjes to make you feel bettre.

      Amiga she be verrie beautiful und she haff beed so lucky to haff you for her modder. You loffed her und she loffed you verrie much. Und Esperanza she would haff beed your bestest horsje too.

      Not to haff ein horse in your life, for you this it be wrong. I don't nott to know how far you liff from any horses aber I be thinking that die best thing wot it can help you at first it be mebbe wenn you work mit die handicapped riding schools. At mein howse we haff one und die hardest thing it be finding peoples wot know things a-bout horsjes to take care off die horsjes as well. I don't nott to know where in Virginny you liff aber here bie die list von die places wot be in Virginny:

      Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center
      P O Box 1261
      Williamsburg, VA 23187-1261

      Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (C.A.R.T.)
      5924 Fried Farm Road
      Crozet, VA 22932

      Center for Rehabilitation and Development
      101-K Turnpike Rd
      Bedford, VA 24523
      (540) 587-6808

      NARHA Premier Accredited Center
      EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program
      P O Box 4095
      Virginia Beach, VA 23454

      Astride with Pride, Inc.
      1913 Bell Town Rd
      Bedford, VA 24523
      (540) 587-0668

      Accomac's Angels on Horseback
      P.O. Box 903
      Accomac, VA 23301
      (757) 787-2446

      Make A Child Smile, Inc.
      246 Cartersville Rd
      Cumberland, VA 23040

      Virginia Regional Therapeutic Riding Center
      Madcap Farm
      7306 John Marshall Hwy
      The Plains, VA 20198

      NARHA Premier Accredited Center
      Triple R Ranch Special Equestrians
      3531 Bunch Walnuts Rd
      Chesapeake, VA 23322-2899

      Sky's the Limit Therapeutic Horsemanship
      8701 Cardiff Rd
      Richmond, VA 23236
      (804) 276-7122

      Ride With Pride, Inc.
      2435 Shutterlee Mill Rd
      Staunton, VA 24401-6225

      Rainbow Center 4-H Therapeutic Equest. Prog., Inc.
      8033 Ashton Ave Suite 105
      Manassas, VA 20109-8202

      Pole Green Park Equestrian Area
      13017 Taylor Complex Ln
      Ashland, VA 23005
      (804) 779-7948

      NARHA Premier Accredited Center
      Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center
      20 Liberty Lane
      Liberty Hill Farm
      Natural Bridge, VA 24578

      Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
      P.O. Box 184
      Clifton, VA 20124
      (703) 764-0269

      Gallastar Equine Center, Inc.
      722 Greenfield Mountain Farms
      Afton, VA 22920

      Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation, Inc.
      41793 Tutt Lane
      Leesburg, VA 20176

      NARHA Premier Accredited Center
      Lift Me Up!
      P O Box 104
      Great Falls, VA 22066

      LifeHorse at Stonelea Farm
      21510 Tithables Cr.
      Ashburn, VA 20148
      (703) 729-6442

      Horseplay Chesterfield County
      P.O. Box 40
      Chesterfield, VA 23832

      NARHA Premier Accredited Center
      A Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center
      P O Box 1257
      Abingdon, VA 24212

      Hazelwild's Heroes
      5325 Harrison Rd
      Fredricksburg, VA 22407
      (540) 891-7101

      Graz'n Acres Therapeutic Riding Center
      14492 Ivor Road
      Sedley, VA 23878

      Die main site it be www.narha.org und there you can find mannie things.

      Der brudder von mein modder Coreene (I loff her), he didn't nott to can haff no dog for a long time und every Saturday he haff goed to die dog pound wot it be in Seal Beach, California und he haff walked dogs for them. This it beed verrie good becose the dogs they didn't nott to have no body to loff them und he haff helped them.

      Don't nott to feel bad becose you didn't nott to be mit Amiga wenn she haff goed to die Rainbow Bridge. Her und Esperanza they be waiting for you.

      Loff Willem.

      PS: I be a German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.
      I haff sayed this be fore, I be ein German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.


      • 1. I want Germany to win
        2. South Korea they be going to giff Germany ein big run for die money
        3. Brazil they be going to beat Turkey
        4. If Germany they beat Korea (this it will be verrie hard for them) und they play Brazil in final, I don't nott to think Germany they can beat Brazil.

        PS: I be a German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.
        I haff sayed this be fore, I be ein German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.


        • Original Poster

          Dearest Willem:

          You are a very, very sweet horse, and very caring. I'm sure Mrs. Mouse will appreciate all the work you had to do searching the internet, and will appreciate the virtual kusjes.

          I mentioned this to Lucien, and he wanted me to tell Mrs. Mouse that if she came to Conroe, Lucien would allow her to ride him. This is a very big offer from Lucien, as he knows the value of a good sunbath and not working as much as you do.

          Oh, the Real Portia wanted me to tell you that she never, ever acts like a girl horsje ho. She does, however, send you many schnuffles.

          (Not-the-real) Portia

          "I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing..." Thomas Jefferson
          "I don't want to sound like a broken record here, but why is it that a woman will forgive homicidal behavior in a horse, yet be highly critical of a man for leaving the toilet seat up?" Dave Barry


          • I be sending die real Portia mannie kusjes in return.

            Die handicapped riding schools they be wonderful und I think that this it be a good thing to do. Mein modder Coreene (I loff her), mannie years a-go she be giffed ein mare, her name wot it be Snowflake. This it be ein mare wot she haff beed build like ein brick schitthowse bulldog Qvarter Horsje und she haff beed ein buckskin snowflake appaloosa. Coreene she haff needed ein horse wot she can do some medals with und this mare she beed die only thing wot she haff beed able to use.

            Wenn Snowflake she haff beed retired, she haff goed to ein NARHA school und wenn they don't nott to haff can rided her no more they haff used her for die ground things becose you cann to be right next to her mit die wheel chair und Snowflake she don't nott to haff getted scared.

            Snowflake she haff beed 34 wenn she haff passed on.

            PS: I be a German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.
            I haff sayed this be fore, I be ein German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.


            • Willem, you are simply the best horse alive! Thank you so much for the links - I will definitely look into them and see if there are any near me. I am in southwest "Virginny", about an hour south of Roanoke. I may also look into taking lessons at a local farm, if I can screw up my courage enough. Consider many big hugs and kisses to be planted on your lovely soft nose.

              Portia - your offer brought tears to my eyes! And I have to caution you, because I have family in Conroe, so it's not actually out of the question that I might take you up on that! Tell Lucien he is wonderful and I am very grateful for his generosity. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

              Alas, for the money to be able to board a pony near me...I would be a much more stable person if I could! (Pun not actually intended; sorry about that.)



              "Because he dodges bullets, Avi!!"

              Book: If you take advantage of her, you\'re going to burn in a very special level of Hell, a level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater. Firefly


              • Horsies we just find the people we loff. I know a horsie wot loff you will find you verrie soon.

                Loff Willem.

                PS: I be a German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.
                I haff sayed this be fore, I be ein German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.


                • Willem, I already know I loff you! Has your lovely mother Coreene (whom you loff so deeply) ever thought of cloning you? I would dearly love (oops, loff) to be owned by your twin brother or sister!
                  Thank you for your encouraging words and the lovely pictures you sent - you are such a handsome boy that my husband is quite jealous at how much I oohed and aahed over you! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]


                  "Because he dodges bullets, Avi!!"

                  Book: If you take advantage of her, you\'re going to burn in a very special level of Hell, a level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater. Firefly


                  • Dear MrsMouse, this is Candy, the Queen, and I agree that Willem's idea is brilliant and Lucien's offer much nicer than I could do. I'd like to offer some other ideas that we've used successfully around here to get that good scent of horse breath in your head.
                    1. offer to work at that schooling barn in exchange for lessons.
                    2. offer to help groom for someone - you never know where that could lead.
                    3. volunteer at local horse shows. They look for people to be fence judges, ring stewards, bit checkers, scorers, etc. There surely is a job waiting for you that would get you mixing with the 'horse set' and you never know where it will lead.
                    4. talk to everyone. My mother got friendly with a waitress and ended up adopting the evil Evan, my hated 'brother' (he takes my mother away from me!).

                    These are just some of the places where I've met up with very nice folks who were 'temporarily horseless'.

                    Your Amiga was a beautiful girl. All of us shed a tear for you and know you'll meet again someday.

                    Your friend,



                    • Another great one as well.


                      • Die grooming it be verrie fun aber you haff to remember to bring die water bucket to your charges mannie times. I haff seed that mannie peoples they don't nott to do this.

                        Und why do so mannie peoples not dismount between die classes????

                        PS: I be a German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.
                        I haff sayed this be fore, I be ein German horse und this it be straight from mein mouth.


                        • MEIN DEAREST GOTT, HERR WILLEM!!!!

                          Es ist DER BIGGEST NIGHTMARE . . . Der Koreanisch Football Team ist KAPUTT!!!!!!

                          Der Koreanisch Horses sind crying und crying und crying. Even der extra bran mash, no stop der crying . . .

                          Willem: Haben sie ein Luger Pistol to put der Koreanisch Horses out of their misery????? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img]


                          • Dear Willem:
                            I have been doing some searching and unfortunately, the closest therapeutic center is in Natural Bridge, nearly two hours away. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
                            However, there is a nice boarding stable outside of town that has very low rates and LOTS of horses - they offer lessons, so I might be able to go there.
                            If I could afford the boarding rate ($125 a month pasture board) I would definitely be thinking about even leasing a horse. Isn't this pathetic, that I can't even afford board that is THAT cheap??? <sigh>
                            My husband needs to become a millionaire...


                            "Because he dodges bullets, Avi!!"

                            Book: If you take advantage of her, you\'re going to burn in a very special level of Hell, a level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater. Firefly