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  • A pretty good year.

    BuddyRoo's thread gave me the chance to reflect a little on my time with Win, and I suddenly realized, the old man's been with me a year now. Or should I say, I've been with him a year...... because in his world, he IS the center!

    And what a year it has been..... I remember when I brought him home, he literally slept for three days. I've never seen a horse do that. Then he stuck his head in his pile of hay and didn't pull it out for weeks.

    He's had many names, and many owners. I've been able to fill in some of the gaps of his life, and have spoken to quite a few people who have known him over the years. They all commented on his unique sense of humor and were able to recall both triumphs and also moments of trademark goofiness-- some loved him for it (like I do) and others despised it!

    While we never got to do as much riding as I had hoped, that is ok. It was to accept he needed to retire but I am glad we did get in some easy, quiet hacks. There's a picture on my cell phone that is one of my favorites-- a shot taken from his back, between his ears, the sun setting to the left of us.

    He has helped my heart heal a little bit, and the low pressure relationship we have has shown me a whole new side to horses. He's got his issues and there are times where he likes to toe the line with his health, so I am thankful for every day he is here to enjoy life. I hope he'll be around to entertain me for another decade.

    At the end of the day I didn't really do anything spectacular for him, nothing that any good-hearted horse person wouldn't have done. But what he did for me-- for that I will always be grateful.

    My favorite pic:
    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...04109739lHJnVD
    We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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    Oh wow, he's gorgeous. Really good sentiment in the post... good writer!
    Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse

    http://showertimecontemplations.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      Yayyyy Win! He's handsome.
      Originally posted by barka.lounger
      u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

      we see u in gp ring in no time.

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      • #4
        I'm so glad you've found one that you feel so comfortable with!!! He is a handsome boy.

        Here's to another good year!
        A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

        Might be a reason, never an excuse...

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        • #5
          He looks great! I can't believe it's been a year...

          You know, Zardene was sort of like that for me. I had hopes for her, but they never materialized. In the end it didn't matter. Even though she spent her years with me as a pasture puff, she managed to bring a special kind of joy to my life.

          I think there are horses who come into our lives with their own purpose and they give us what we need - even if we don't know we need it
          Y'all ain't right!

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            #6
            Originally posted by BeastieSlave View Post
            He looks great! I can't believe it's been a year...

            You know, Zardene was sort of like that for me. I had hopes for her, but they never materialized. In the end it didn't matter. Even though she spent her years with me as a pasture puff, she managed to bring a special kind of joy to my life.

            I think there are horses who come into our lives with their own purpose and they give us what we need - even if we don't know we need it
            It is funny, I remember when you posted about Z earlier this year and her story reminded me so much of Win.

            He taught me to be ok with how things are, and to accept the things we cannot change about life and reality. That there is still good in life even if things don't go the way we want, hope, or expect them to. It was a good lesson...
            We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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            • #7
              What a wonderful story. He is gorgeous and I'm so glad he has a home with you.

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              • #8
                He has helped my heart heal a little bit, and the low pressure relationship we have has shown me a whole new side to horses. He's got his issues and there are times where he likes to toe the line with his health, so I am thankful for every day he is here to enjoy life. I hope he'll be around to entertain me for another decade.

                At the end of the day I didn't really do anything spectacular for him, nothing that any good-hearted horse person wouldn't have done. But what he did for me-- for that I will always be grateful.
                Oh, I can't believe it's been a year. I was such an enabler, I just hoped and prayed that Win needed you as much as you needed him...

                None will ever be the *same*. None will ever fill the particular shape of the hole left behind, but I believe our heart becomes larger with each one we let in.

                He's a very, very lucky horse.
                InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs
                ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)

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                • #9
                  Thanks for sharing such a heart warming story. He has the sweetest face. I hope that you guys have many more years of special times.

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                  • #10
                    FG, even though Win thinks he is the center of the universe, he has to feel like he's lucked out and is living the most pleasant possible retirement life. Mares, turnout, and no more lessons! He very much lucked out, and while I was a bit sad for you that it didn't work out for you two to do very much riding-wise together, I have enjoyed reading about the wonderful way you basically brought him back from the edge last winter. You have a given him a lot, and I'm glad he has given back to you as well. He's a very lucky grumpy old man. Hugs to you! Now get to the barn and give him a cookie already.
                    I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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                    • #11
                      Hey FG! I have been meaning to PM you and ask how Win's bladder issues were going. I assume by your post that he must be doing OK. That is great to hear! Hope you have several more years with your beautiful boy!!!
                      RIP Disco (6/8/2000 - 4/1/2008)

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                        Thanks for asking DM.... he's hanging in there! Since the weather changed, and we changed his diet, he's been better. Not entirely sure why.

                        His back end his still wonky, for unknown reasons, but the urinary problems have subsided to a degree. He gets watery senior mashes 3 times a day which seems to have helped and his drinking has increased too. My vet also thought a move back to the boarding barn where he seemed less stressed may be a good option, and it is something I am seriously considering.

                        I have not had him scoped yet as he seems improved, and honestly, I'm afraid to disrupt the status quo. It needs to be done, but, gut instinct is telling me to wait for now. Sounds dumb but my instincts tend to be right....

                        Gotta love the big lug..... he's a good dude and has become part of the family. My husband is his biggest advocate, after being highly skeptical when I brought him home. Funny how they can work their way into our lives....
                        We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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