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My Christmas Miracle

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  • My Christmas Miracle

    This year the holidays were looking pretty bleak. November 9th, I was unexpectedly laid off from my job, and then on the 12th, my big red heart horse of 10 years colicked. he fought hard, but I lost him on the 13th. So this holiday season was my first horseless holiday in my 29 years.

    I am lucky to have amazing friends who have been generous in sharing their horses with me... but... you know how it's just not quite the same, going from having yours who just kind of takes up a huge chunk of real estate in your heart. I've just kind of been feeling like the biggest, best part of my soul had gone missing.

    Two days ago, I woke up to a text to call my friend, Anna.

    So... I did.


    Her boyfriend was my gelding's farrier. They had been talking the previous night... and he asked how I was doing since I lost my big horse. Anna told him the truth...

    Well, he has been super busy with shoeing- he barely has time to keep up with paying training horses. He owns a 5yo son of Catalyst. 17hh+ flaxen chestnut gelding. Not finished yet but well started under saddle. Likes him a lot but doesn't really have a use for him- too big and too green to teach lessons on, and they have people wanting to bring in training horses... so.... Merry Christmas to me, he's mine if I want him.

    And at this point, I pretty much start bawling for the next 24 hours. ;-)

    Yesterday I went to the barn, and my friend and her boyfriend walked him into the barn wearing a big bow around his neck and my heart absolutely MELTED.

    His barn name is Stewie. He's big and blonde and such a BABY. Hasn't seen much of the world


    Me and my best friend, Anna and baby Stewie:

    Me and Stewie:

    BIG BOY out longeing

    And having his first carrots:

    I am just completely in AWE of the generosity of my friends.

    He's not registered yet. I have to pay off his sire's owner as he's still owed the stud fee. But... I know what I'm registering him as. Last Cookie
    Because... my friend and I have been giggling over the cookie monster meme for the past year... http://iwastesomuchtime.com/on/?i=50534

    And... now I'm bawling my eyes out again. LOL

  • #2
    Oh my...what a precious gift and wonderful friends! Wishing you many, many happy rides.

    Your boy lives on in your heart and now will live on in your new horse, thru you.

    Merry Christmas!
    Ride like you mean it.


    • #3
      What a wonderful story. I'm so happy for you!!


      • #4

        Can't see the photos, I'm getting "content unavailable." Have FB, not sure why that's happening.

        But congrats on your new guy!
        You jump in the saddle,
        Hold onto the bridle!
        Jump in the line!


        • #5
          Wonderful friends can help us through hard times better than just about anything else. Wishing you many years of happiness with Stewie.
          Donald Trump - proven liar, cheat, traitor and sexual predator! Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but we have all lost.


          • #6
            No pictures for me either, but yes, that is a great Christmas present and story.

            Nothing like caring friends making you feel better, is it.

            (Hey, fix the pictures, will 'ya?
            Would love to see the big oaf with the red ribbon)


            • #7
              Merry Christmas.
              You must be a good person to have such great friends!
              "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

              ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


              • #8
                The best "next" horses I have ever gotten (after losing one), were the ones that found me.

                Congrats and enjoy your new horse this Christmas.


                • #9
                  Fix the pictures, you jerk! How dare you post such an adorable photo without insuring that the links work!?! You have a very generous friend.

                  (Click the photo you want, and then refresh the page so it looks like the old format, not the "shadowbox" of the new format. Right click, "Copy Image URL", then post it here so everyone, even those without Facebook, will be able to see.)


                  • #10
                    DRAT!...i cannot get the pics either!
                    but congrats on your new boy..........and the minset behind choosing his name is wonderful.........

                    you must BE a wonderful friend ,since you HAVE such wonderful friends..........kudos to all of you........


                    • #11
                      I can't see the pics either but congratulations on your new horse! I am sorry your year end has been pretty rough, but this is a great surprise and I hope you are very happy with him
                      *Wendy* 4.17.73 - 12.20.05


                      • #12
                        So happy for you and Stewie! Would also love to see the pics--you might just need to set the privacy on them to public.
                        "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

                        Graphite/Pastel Portraits


                        • #13
                          Can't wait until you fix the pictures. He sounds adorable!! So happy for you and your friends are true friends!! Merry Christmas!!


                          • #14
                            That is such a heartwarming Christmas story! Congrats to you--you have amazing friends! Now fix the pics.


                            • #15
                              what a fantastic heart warming story. you are blessed to have such great friends and now a great horse would love to see pics too

                              merry Christmas!!


                              • #16
                                That's lovely. Please fix it so we can see the photos!


                                • #17
                                  What a great story! Also hoping you'll change the FB photos to public so we can all see what kind of "Cookie" he is!
                                  But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


                                  • #18
                                    Aw I teared up! I'm so happy that things are looking up. And I giggled when GoForAGallop called you a jerk for the non working photos. We want to see him!!!!!!!!!!
                                    Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
                                    White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)

                                    Mystical Moment, 1977-2010.


                                    • #19
                                      Fantastic present. Congrats! We do need the photos! Thank your amazing friends for me as well. Sure brought a smile and a tear to me this morning.



                                      • #20
                                        Thanks for a Xmas Smile
                                        Even if I can't see your FB pics either : (

                                        My own COTH Giveaway came to me after a huge loss too.
                                        Kinda restores your faith in humanity and "horse-manity" as well.
                                        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015