Malachi at 12 days old
Dr. Matt was vet to a 140-horse breeding farm across town and saw foals virtually every day of his life, yet he would stand propped on our fence and watch this newborn race up and down the steep rocky paddock and he’d shake his head, saying, “I’ve just never seen a baby like this one.” He was fascinated by Malachi and I think he loved him as much as we did. This baby horse who was conceived in the wild and who broke all the domestic rules. He was born under the stars with nobody watching but God and his mama. The foaling book told us that after a couple of weeks he could come outside for a maximum of two hours a day. We laughed, because Malachi had never been inside. He was running up and down the hill and around rocks and boulders on his third or fourth day of life and I remember Kathleen saying, “Just think of all the babies who never get a chance to do this.”
Malachi at 7 days old
Why is any of this important? Because Malachi, from his first moment on the planet, was living the life every horse on the planet should be living. He was big, and strong, and healthy, and almost single-handedly changed Dr. Matt’s mind about all the crazy non-traditional things we were doing. Like no stalls, no shoes, no sugar.
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Malachi at 7 days old
On the evening of June 3rd, 2009, exactly three months from the day of Malachi’s birth, we lost him in the aftermath of a violent thunder and lightning storm that knocked out a power pole on our property. As we piece together what happened (we were out of town), a fleet of huge power company trucks climbed our driveway that night which passes right by Noelle and Malachi’s paddocks and stalls. These gigantic loud monsters apparently freaked Malachi into a frenzy and he ran head first into a post and snapped his brain stem. According to Dr. Matt he dropped immediately and died on the spot. Noelle stood by him until his body was taken away, then she went to the spot where he was born and would just stand for hours at a time. She was as devastated as we were. Just devastated. He was our first and only baby. We only wanted one. And so much of the rest of my life was wrapped up in him. I so looked forward to going down at feeding times because Malachi got to come outside and play at liberty while I loaded the gator for the pasture feed. He was such a good boy. Everything you could ask for in a messenger for the mustangs, bearing the message of change as his Biblical counterpart had done. Change for mustangs, for all horses; and he represented everything we had learned in The Soul of a Horse, our entire journey. His birth was to be the first chapter of the next book. I loved him so, and so looked forward to the rest of my life with my boy horse. It was all so random. So wrong. Tears are still streaming down my cheeks nine years later.
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Noelle’s and Malachi’s stories are chronicled in the book Born Wild – The Soul of a Horse.
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The story of our journey with horses (to date) 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.
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