As you can guess, we’ve been feeling pretty low since November 13. The joy was missing from going down to feed and play with the horses. I don’t think I even realized how all encompassing his presence was, our relationship was. And I was beginning to feel the passion slipping out of what I do. So I started glancing around, not expecting to find another Cash, but maybe a search would at least redirect me. Make busy work. But God got into it right away. I was lured into calling a lady in Kentucky about a horse she had for sale. When I told her our story with Cash she said “You don’t want that horse, but I have another. He isn’t for sale but I think he’s perfect for you and your situation and if you think so too I will sell him.” So I went up to meet this horse. And it was scary how we struck a chord. Then she told me the horse was Polish Arabian. I knew immediately that God was afoot. The phrase Polish Arabian is one of the ways He slaps me around :). If you missed it, check Chapter Two of Born Wild. It’s all about how God used Polish Arabians to lure us into rescuing four mustangs. Anyway, a couple of days later I took Kathleen up to meet this horse, and on Sunday we brought him home. Kathleen says I’m smiling again (which she also says is a rare but good thing indeed :).
He’s six years old. A very sweet boy, especially for one who has had at least six owners in as many years and was abandoned just three months before coming to us. And he’s very smart. Already smiling. And flexing. Waving with his foot (sort of). And there are little things he does that… well… are right out of the past. Oh, and he side passes to the mounting block!
These photos were taken on the first day I met him. His name is Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a major prophet in the Old Testament delivering this message from God: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. Seemed appropriate. We’ll call him Zeke.
Obviously he’s not Cash. But he’s doing a fine job of keeping my present tense reminded of why Cash was so special and will never be forgotten, in a way that is no longer so filled with tears but, once again, with joy. A fine job indeed. Thank you God, and Cash, for sending him. And Kathleen for giving him his name.
The entire story of our journey with horses (at least through early 2014) is told in the two books that follow: the national best seller The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd and its sequel Born Wild – The Soul of a Horse.
And what a story it is as two novices without a clue stumble and bumble their way through the learning process so that hopefully you won’t have to. If you haven’t read both of these books already please do because with that reading, I believe, will come not just the knowledge of discovery but the passion and the excitement to cause you to commit to your journey with horses, to do for the horse without waiver so that your relationship and experience will be with loving, happy and healthy horses who are willing partners and who never stop trying for you. Horses like ours.
The highly acclaimed best selling sequel to the National Best Seller
The Soul of a Horse – Life Lessons from the Herd
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But first read the National Best Seller that started it all
Now in it’s 13th printing: