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In Love Of Horses 
3rd-Nov-2017 05:38 pm
curiouswombat has reminded me, via her latest post about her hristmas Shopping, that although I spnsor a guide dog in Mum's name I have never got round to sponsoring a horse.

I loved my 15 years of riding and do miss their company.  Horses are beautiful creatures, and how they get abused is more than beyond me.

Many of you have known me for some time and have read about my riding with DJ, my Connemara namesake; however, although he was very special, he wasn't my first love.  His name was Jaykub, and when he died in 2003, at the age of 10, he broke my heart. I had fallen in love with him at first sight, and had the honour of actually owning him for just over 18 months ... and also knowing he loved me.

Anyway, as I was looking at web-sites, I saw this poem ... well known, but as ever, meaning a lot.

The Rainbow Bridge For Horses
Author Unknown

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
when their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
is a place where beloved creatures find rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
til The Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed.
Their bodies have healed with strength imbued.

They trot through the grass without even a care,
til one day they whinny and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes sharp and alert.
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the herd.

For just at that second, there's no room for remorse.
As they see each other...one person...one horse.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart
has turned to joy once more in each heart.
They nuzzle with a love that will last forever.
And then, side-by-side, they cross over...together.

Still miss you Jaykub (& DJ)
4th-Nov-2017 09:22 am (UTC)
How sad - I'm so sorry you lost him. I've never had much chance to be with horses, but I love them.
22nd-Nov-2017 03:34 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the huge delay in replying

I only started riding in my mid 30's - but horses are amazing animals.
4th-Nov-2017 02:11 pm (UTC)
Have you got any stables nearby? I’m sure they would appreciate some help grooming etc if you want to have some horsey love?
22nd-Nov-2017 03:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the huge delay in replying

Hadn't thought about that. However I was spoilt those last 4ish years of riding, as DJ was quite happy to be slow, so I was well looked after by him. However, come the spring I may look into things again.
4th-Nov-2017 03:10 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful poem. I used to ride when I was younger and glad I had the chance. Have always loved these magnificent animals and still do so I can sympathise with your loss.

22nd-Nov-2017 03:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the huge delay in replying

I only started riding in my mid 30's - but horses are amazing animals.

4th-Nov-2017 04:06 pm (UTC)
If you sponsor a horse, will it be near you and you get to visit it? I didn't know you when you had Jakob but I remember you writing about him over the years and it's clear how much you loved him and DJ both. I hope you can befriend another horse someday. (I didn't read the poem because I knew it would make me cry in the middle of the public library!)
22nd-Nov-2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the huge delay in replying

I have started sponsoring a horse, however it is in the North of England. However kazzy_cee suggested I look locally ... so, maybe come the Spring, I will do
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