Always and Forever

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At 19 years old, I fell in love with a little chestnut Saddlebred gelding and became the proud mama of my first horse. What I didn't know then was that he would become my very best friend and teacher for the next 30 years.

We were a team from the start. He helped me to become more self confident. I helped him become more brave on the trails. He was there for me through all of life's successes and trials. I was there for him when his left eye had to be removed and again for a strangulation colic surgery. We grew up together. In breathing in his sweet breath and stroking his velvet muzzle, I knew no matter what, I would be okay. We had each other. So many adventures and quiet moments from horse shows to bareback rides under a full moon. He taught my spirit to fly.

So when his almost 34 year old body was tired and could no longer fight, he was laid to rest with me by his side in a grassy field under a sunny December sky. He lives on as a part of who I am, for I would not be this person without him. He was everything good.

I have rescued two young saddlebreds recently. They are their own spirits. And I love them deeply. I know he is proud that I am taking all that he taught me and helping other horses that need someone to love them too. Someone to believe in them. Thank you Compi. You made my heart bigger and fuller than I ever thought it could be. Because yours was the biggest. I love you always and forever. Until we ride again amongst the clouds old man. 💞

— Red River

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