Exactly a year ago today he captured my heart and I took him home. The last few weeks I've been thinking about all we've done, where we started and where we are now. I have so many emotions. Looking back on the photos my heart breaks for how bad he looked on day one. Still I'm not able to process animal neglect and hurt. Feeling incredibly thankful and in awe of what a lot of love and trust can do. Over flowing with joy at how he looks and how he is now... happy, healthy, trusting, loving and so super sweet.
The photo above was taken last week after giving him a bath. He looks completely different today than a year ago, here's a look back.
His weight is low, spine and ribs are out, his feet aren't good and he's anxious. Everything seems to be a new experiences for him as he was in isolation for many years. He's a bit foggy but those eyes of his are soft and gentle, I'm in love. I'm excited and I'm hopeful I can make a difference. He is so sweet.
After a few weeks in I'm finding out that as the fog begins to lift for him he is testing me. Challenging me if you will to see who will be the leader in this new relationship of ours. We are making progress with his food aggression and his bad manners are improving. He is trusting me more with everyday that passes.
Now a few months in, his weight is coming back slowly, he's shedding out nicely and his hooves continue to grow and improve. You can see here that his back is lifting and looking much better.
He likes to follow me where ever I go and is learning about respecting spaces, specifically mine.
We are all smiles now and his life is so good. He is no longer food aggressive, his feet are healed, he's sound, his weight is great, he is respectful most days and our bond is strong. I can go out on trail alone or with friends. He is spoiled and I love it that way. I figure he's earned it after surviving so much.
Thank you God for blessing me with this sweet guy, he is such a gift. I am so proud of us and how far we've come over the last year and am excited to see what progress and fun this next year will bring us.
Wheat a beautiful horse! You truly have done an amazing job with him. I'm so happy you saved him! Sounds like he had a pretty rough life before finding you.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tammy, he bring so much joy and i am very thankful i was able to make a difference for him.Delete
Chance is truly blessed that such a loving family came into his life and saved him. Wishing you all many more happy days together!ReplyDelete
Aww Thanks Kar, saw your email and am sending warm weather wishes your way...Delete
Happy Anniversary :) He's very handsome :) I thought you would be interested in the giveaway i'm hosting for BluApple (extends storage life of your produce up to three times longer) on my blog www.domesticsweetheart.com :)ReplyDelete
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Hi DS, Thank you i think so :) and thanks for swinging by and commenting. I'm off to check it out now. Have a great day!Delete
Oh my Heavens! He is simply stunning!ReplyDelete
I am so glad you found each other.
Isn't funny how when we take them in we think that we are helping them, but then we look back and realize how much they have really given us.
Yes it is so amazing how that works, isn't it. God is SO good!
Congrats buddy on the exciting news over your way.... I keep checking in and know you are so busy. Very excited for you both, update when you can.