Dream Horse - The Accident
 By FreeRein   •   26th Nov 2011   •   3,830 views   •   19 comments
Horse StoryFrom the very moment I felt that lead line in my hand and had the knowledge that I once again owned my very own horse I had butterflies in my stomach. I still do when I think about it... It is just one of those times you look back on and say, “wow... that really happened... and to me!”

I remember the first time that I threw my arms around my horse; my very own horse. It was like tasting heaven, or seeing the earth curve from the sky up above.

It was unexplainable.

Every moment I had I was on my horse doing everything. Jumping, saddle seat, everything. He was perfect... well, almost.

The first lesson I had on him after Christmas was December 30, 2007. I was tacked up and had Cory shining like the sun before my trainer even got to the barn. I led my horse down to the arena and met Gwynn, who I was having a lesson with again. A huge ear to ear grin was spread across her face as I met her. “So! I heard!” she shouted quietly jumping up and down. I remember perfectly the words that came out of her mouth that very day.

I pulled my jacket up to shield the wind as my trainer walked up and led us inside the arena. We eagerly mounted and did our usual warm up. I patted Cory on the neck and we were told to get into our canter. I was excited for his smooth canter again. We trotted once around and when I reached a corner I sat and squeezed with my outside leg, ready for the moment I would feel free as one with my horse again... I waited and squeezed, but when he responded with nothing, I gave him a tap with my heels which only pushed him into a quick trot. I felt embarrassed, because I could not control my own horse. Gwynn passed me, this time having no problems on Apples as I was slowly making my way around the arena. My trainer handed me a crop, something I to this very day, but not thrilled about. I gave him a huge tap after we went around a few more times in this quick trot and he threw out the biggest buck I had ever been on in my life! I squeezed with my leg, finally getting him into a canter, though it is not what I had remembered. He went along with short, choppy strides and was completely unwilling to change his lead.

After we took a walk break I gave the horse a huge pat, despite his misbehavior, promising myself that I was doing something wrong. After we were done we changed direction and began cantering the other way. This time Cory bucked, but he started his canter rather quickly and it was the smooth one that I remembered. We slowed and my trainer pointed out for me to go over an 18" jump. I went, but it was not fun. Cory slid to a stop in front of the first jump which sent me right into his neck. When he did go over and I cantered him to the next he began the jump but stopped mid-way which left me sailing over his neck! I got up and gave him another hug, hoping it would convince him to be better. Despite my enormous efforts he continued to behave the same way. My trainer tried everything, checked everything, but still nothing. We finished what I still call today, the disaster lesson, only thinking it would be just one, but this behavior was just Cory being Cory and I would learn to cope with it and he would have to learn what he was doing was not ok. And I had to learn how to fix it.

After lots of lessons, falls, and mishaps, Cory and I became that perfect pair. We just somehow clicked after a while. I was jumping two foot and we were doing shows every weekend over the summer, and not only that, but we were placing quite well. It ended up being the best year of my life. I was always happy. Cory was turning out to be the very best thing that ever happened to me.

One of the major ups of our times together was when we rode together in our first show. First in all of our classes and won Grand Champions!

Now, all great things must come to an end whether it is a good ending or a bad one, but on July 21, 2009, I was totally unprepared for what was going to happen.

I was sitting on my bed around 3PM and the rain had just begun. I could hear the pitter patter of each single dropping hitting the roof above me as gravity pulled it down. I had just come home from the barn and my trainer suggested turning Cory out since it wasn’t raining too hard. I did what I thought Cory would want and let him play with Apples out in the pasture. I pictured him sitting there, with Apples, Gwynn’s pony rearing up and racing around. I lay on my bed thinking about my boy, eager to get back to him the next day. As I began to hear the rain it got louder and louder, a flash of lightning and a crash of thunder was all I needed to hear before I knew my boy was going to be safely brought inside. I sat there, thinking little of the storm when my dad walked into my room. He had a phone in his hand and he wouldn’t meet my eyes when he said the words that would be permanently etched into my memory.

“Gianna... Cory spooked. He, uh... he fell and he’s down!”

I remember screaming! No, It couldn’t be! My horse, my Cory! He couldn’t be! “It’s not him! It’s not him!” I thought, but the fact is. It was. He was. We raced our way to the barn as I ran out in my cami and shorts. There, on the ground, eyes white, heavily breathing, my horse, my Morgan, who’s leg was terribly distorted. I fell to the ground, tears running down my face, my hair drenched in with rain water. I hugged him around the neck, knowing this would be goodbye.

The vet was there and came to me after a long conversation with my dad. “I know you’re only ten, and this is hard to understand honey, but we can’t make Cory better. He will need to go somewhere were he won’t hurt anymore.” The tears were flooding down my face again. This couldn’t be. “I know. He has to be put down. Like what they did with Barbaro.” She was quite surprised I knew this and gave me a hug. I clipped a good amount of his tail hairs and brought it into my dad’s car. When I came back the vet had already administered the drugs and I sat at his side until I felt his stomach stop moving. I hugged him one last time. I gave my boy one last look. One last hug before I left the barn. Before I left my boy, and Stall number ninety would be vacant once again.

In loving memory of Cory, a one of a kind horse.
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Freedom Nieta  
OMG, I feel so sorry for you! He sounds like a perfect horse! That must have been sad! :(
  Nov 26, 2011  •  2,543 views
Deleted Accounts  
aw, thats so sad. at least he is in a better place!
  Nov 26, 2011  •  2,530 views
Heart of Splashes  
This almost made me cry.Im so sorry . :'(
  Nov 26, 2011  •  2,515 views
im sorry to hear. least he is with his buddies in heaven:) R.I.P. cory.greatly missed by his pasture buddy apples and his loving owner free rein!
  Nov 26, 2011  •  2,514 views
Painted Destiny  
I'm so sorry :( I'm sure him and my Wilbur are having fun together now.
  Nov 26, 2011  •  2,512 views
Double Spur Ranch  
Very very sad :( and tragic :( Lvoe how you tied in Barbaro with him.
  Nov 26, 2011  •  2,512 views
*Huggles* That must've been so sad. D:
Sounds like you two had fun together while it lasted! I'm glad he's in a better place, now, he's probably galloping around and eating to his heart's content. XD
  Nov 27, 2011  •  2,516 views
Im crying and im sooooooo sorry :( you poor thing :'(
  Nov 27, 2011  •  2,530 views
Awee, Thats so sad! Im glad hes in a better place though
  Nov 27, 2011  •  2,732 views
All That Jazz  
Aw, I'm sorry.
  Nov 27, 2011  •  2,540 views
Awww :( I'm sorry about what happened to Cory. My friend's horse ran into barbed wire fence when she got spooked by thunder :/
  Nov 28, 2011  •  2,555 views
RoyalCrownEstates  MOD 
Awhh sad story, glad to hear he had a pal like you tho !
  Nov 28, 2011  •  2,540 views
I remember how upset you were. poor Cory
  Nov 29, 2011  •  2,534 views
I can't even begin to imagine how horrible that much have felt to you :( xx
  Dec 6, 2011  •  2,529 views
awwwww i am soooo srry he had been a great horse and he is in a better place now!!!! :( but at the same time im happy for him:)
  Dec 9, 2011  •  2,538 views
Carpe Diem  
Great story, but so sad. :(
  Dec 12, 2011  •  2,515 views
Aaaawwww I'm sorry.
  Dec 18, 2011  •  2,515 views
Deleted Accounts  
aw this is so sad:( he sounded like a really sweet horse xxx
  Dec 21, 2011  •  2,530 views
Sapphire Flames  
awwww....i'm so sorry!! it's so hard to lose a horse! * hugs*
  Mar 27, 2012  •  2,514 views
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