Things you Might not know about Horses - A Story of Loss

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My whole life I have never had any experience with horses. I only ever had dogs and cats. I have been around horses now the past 9 years. In the beginning when I started working with horses It was a whole new experience. They are amazing and cunning beings, very sneaky sometimes.

One thing I never new was that horses lie. Yes - they lie and manipulate sometimes. When I exercised Grootman (horse name) he would fake being tired or have no energy just to not exercise anymore. I never knew they do that.

It has been an awesome learning curve - horses can teach you allot about yourself. They are very physical observing beings. They can sum you up - see all of you before you even get close. They are far more aware of you that you are about yourself.

A few years ago we had one of our horses die - Titan. Titan and Grootman were best friends - you would always see those two together in the fields. I did not know horses form close bonds with each other. When we buried Titan And that afternoon when the horses came back to the stables Grootman started showing symptoms of severe colic. He was crying out all the time for his friend Titan, because he could not see him anywhere. Everybody gathered around as support for Grootman

We got the Vet out when we first saw what was happening to him. He was basically stressing about not seeing Titan around anymore which caused him to have big problems with his digestive system.

Long story short - the vet did everything she could, but Grootman did not respond to the medicine. He was in extreme pain when the pain killers wore off. The Vet was here from about 6 at night till twelve. The only options we had was to wait till he sorts it our himself and if he does not we will have to put him down.

She left us enough pain killer injections to help him through the night if needed. We stayed up with him at the stables all night and everybody on the farm helped in keeping an eye on him for when he starts feeling pain again. Which was the next morning where he relapsed again. We gave him painkillers again. From that moment on he pulled through and made it. He was fine again. All of this was triggered, because he missed his friend Titan. Proof that horses also feel - for those who did not know.

He went through allot that night and day - he had to make some hard choices in order to pull through. Those of us who know how it feels to lose someone close to you understands the pain and how hard it is to move on and its things like these that help with that - to see others pull through gives strength.

Well, that is it for now - thanks for reading and i hope you learned something.

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What a story! I'm glad Grootman made it. We've had a horse now for about a year and we are learning so much.

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Wow what cool a pic - and horse!

horses are beautiful animals