Do you believe in fate? Or serendipity? I do, and I have a horse to prove it. Another saying that applies to my story is, you don't always get what you want?.you get what you need.
My last horse Luna, was from the Colorado Horse Rescue where I have spent 10 years helping to find homes for unwanted horses. She was an Arabian Thoroughbred cross, and a real handful!
Tragically, I lost Luna to colic when she was 24 years old.
Months later, I found myself browsing horse-rescue sites, something I love to do. A particular photo of a big, bay with four white feet caught my eye. I was instantly captivated. ?A voice in my head said, There's my horse.
How could that be? I thought. I'm not financially or emotionally ready to have another horse after losing my Luna. But, there he was, calling out to me with those big brown eyes. Bailey.
So, feeling unsure, I called the rescue to find out more about Bailey. I asked when I could come see him. I already wanted him; the voice in my head told me he was mine, right?
The owner of the rescue said he was a Clydesdale/Thoroughbred cross, and that he was in an auction lot when she rescued him. She'd given him 30 days of training, and he was adopted out.
Two months later, Bailey came back to the rescue. The reason was alarming: His new owner had deemed him a killer, a dangerous horse, and she wanted him out of her sight. So, back at the rescue, he spent a year standing in a field.
And then I saw his photo and was transfixed.
But was I really ready for this kind of challenge? I'd worked with a lot of "difficult" horses during my years with Colorado Horse Rescue, but this guy was big!
My heart won over my fear. "I will be out to see him on Sunday," I said with resolve.
Cate Lamm, an avid horsewoman, has been a part of Colorado Horse Rescue (www.chr.org) for 10 years. There, she's served as head of the adoption committee, has acted as general manager and now works as a rehabilitation trainer. Lamm has owned a number of her own rescue horses and has 20 years of equine experience.
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