Some dear friends of mine recently had to put down their 26 year old Arabian horse who had 11 national championships, 8 reserve national championships and was truly part of their family. One of the original horses of their herd, a special horse who elevated the riding skills of all of his riders and remained wild at heart into his 26th year. Losing a horse is hard enough, but saying good bye to the ones who become family is downright depressing.
I wrote the below poem in honor of all of the horses who touch our lives and then leave this world. Really it seems, for the truly special ones, any departure would always be too soon. They add so much to our lives that can’t be quantified, can’t be explained, can only be hinted at with words. Tonight when I say my prayers, I’ll be praying for plenty more time with my own horse.
Horses As a Memory
Horses aren’t just animals
They are memories
A memory of your youth
A memory of the person you used to be
A memory of family now gone
So when the twilight of life
Reflects in your old friend’s eyes
And you know the time has come
To say good bye
Know the tears on your cheek
And the sadness in your heart
Are proof of the wonder you shared
And a magic you still seek
The sun will deliver a newborn foal
And despite your own protests
That new horse will capture your soul
So you’ll sign on
For one more ride
Of great memories while still on this side
Feel free to share with anyone who might cry a little and laugh at the truth of it and feel a little better for remembering the equine friend they had to say good bye to.