This is not Goodbye - A Story of Horses Lost
 By My Paper Heart   •   11th Aug 2012   •   3,037 views   •   14 comments
A Story of Horses LostAs you guys have read recently, Snickers, Lena, and Dancer have been removed from Penny and I's life. I'm not sure if it's permanent, but I hope that it's not. I decided to write this because I think you guys need to know the truth about these beautiful horses. I know they have caused quite a bit of conflict on Ponybox because of the type of fencing they are in, but that doesn't matter in this article.

I don't really remember when the first day I met Snickers and Lena was. It had to have been around 3 years ago, more or less. Penny had been whinnying for a long time, and I couldn't stand it any longer. I went outside to see what all the commotion was about, and noticed a gorgeous paint standing a few yards away from Penny. I remember gawking over her. The paint walked over to Penny cautiously. I could already tell from that moment that the paint was a shy one. I smiled to myself, and walked back into the house. A while later a heard Penny making a lot of commotion again. I gave a big sigh, and walked once more outside. Galloping ever so elegantly towards the paint mare was this beautiful chestnut, almost red in color. I automatically assumed it was a gelding or stallion by the way she was acting. A few days later I asked my brother who the chestnut was. (I had already figured out that the paint was Snickers from past things.) He replied "That's my grandpa's horse, Lena." I raised a brow in surprise. "They named a guy horse a girl name?" I asked, curiously. My brother smiled simply, before replying "Lena is a girl." I felt my face burn, with embarassment. At that moment I wanted to crawl in a hole and die. I felt like a total idiot. I spent quite a bit of time with Snickers and Lena after that.

A Story of Horses LostI grew a strong bond with both horses. Snickers bond being the strongest. She would sit there and let me pet her forever. She would put her head in my hands, or lean against me. It's really hard to put this in words without becoming over emotional. I'm almost in tears already. She was my best friend, my love, and my insperation. She caused me to be extremely protective, and motherly to her. Snickers was mistreated by her owners, but she wouldn't and couldn't hurt anyone or anything if she tried. It's not that she is weak, she is just way too soft and sweet at heart. Anyway, they would hit her with 2x4 peices of wood. Can you say animal cruelty? I remember brushing her one day and she freaked out when I used a rough brush. She would never let me spray her for flies either. Neither would Lena. It just shows these horses weren't given the proper care.

The minute I found out Lena had foaled, a few months ago, I was over whelmed with excitement. This meant I could practice being around a foal before we bred Penny. Instead of being a reasonable owner and keeping the foal in a small pen for a few months they let her out into the pasture within a few days after birth. Lena stayed by their pen, so I didn't see the baby until I got a call from the owner giving me permission to come see the baby. That day was brilliant. When my dad and I pulled into their driveway in our silver, 2011 Chevy truck, I could see Snickers standing on the sidewalk by their porch, and Lena grazing merrily in the yard.

I looked around for the foal anxiously.

The owner laughed as he caught my constant gaze. "See that brown stop by Lena?" he asked, with a grin. I nodded, glacing over. "That's the baby," he said in an even tone. My eyes widened and I smiled brightly. She looks like a mole mound I thought. The owner said I could go over and see the foal, but I just took a few steps forwards and stopped. I was no where close to Lena or the foal. I was afraid Lena would be agressive and not let me near her foal. I decided to just go see Snicks instead. Snickers did as she always did. She was completely fine with me around her without a fence seperating us. My heart swelled with pride. The owner noticed I had a soft spot for her. First he asked if I could train her and I replied "I couldn't train a horse even if I was being instructed by a professional." Later he offered to let me ride her. I said "No thank you." I should have nodded rapidly, and said "Heck yeah! Saddle this baby up!" But because of my past I wouldn't ride a horse.

Finally, the foal stood up and I saw the cutest thing ever. I had to hold in a high-pitched squeal since I didn't want to get trampled by Snickers. Lena made her way up to the house where we all had been standing. The foal moved in a clumsy way after her. I didn't bother trying to touch her or come near her. Lena let me pet her for a moment, then walked away. The whole time I had my eyes on that little foal with a cresent moon on her forehead. Her owner came over and put a hand on my shoulder. Then, I heard his deep voice as he asked "I still need a name for her." I was thinking Half Moon, but instead of replying I stiffled a laugh and coughed instead. "How about Belle, or Dancer?" I suggested. He pondered on it for a few seconds then replied "I like Dancer. I think that would be a nice name. How did you think of that?" I shrugged, but still replied. "She looks like she is dancing when she moves her little legs." He nodded and started talking with my dad.

A Story of Horses LostTime passed and I got to see Dancer a lot more. She grew quickly. She started filling into her body more, and became cuter than ever. I took Ponybox member Spyricale's advice and found something that would catch the baby's attention. I would sit on the other side of the fence, and wiggle my fingers. Once she noticed my fingers she would come closer and closer. Then I would slowly and gently touch her small, fragile face. This was a slow and hard process, but I finally got her to where I could pet her for several minutes. Lena didn't mind at all which really surprised me. Mom told me it was because I had spent a lot of time with Lena so she trusts me with her baby. I always found it funny, because the owner said Lena wouldn't let him anywhere close to Dancer.

I became so irritated at my neighbor. He made no effort to protect Dancer from being injured. We called him about every injury on every horse, but did he do anything to prevent it from happening again? No! He didn't even care. Dancer had scuffs of hair missing, a chunk of skin taken out of her bum, and unusual makings all over her face. It looked as if she had been shaved or something. Lena had no injuries, which I found a bit strange. Snickers had a swell on her knee one day that was bleeding pretty bad. It disgusted me in many ways. Some may say that we should have called Animal Control, but don't you think we could if we were able to? Animal Control refuses to come any where near my house. Since it is outside city limits.

Finally, the owner got what he had coming. He decided randomly that he was going to try and get Dancer into the pen for something. Not being able to walk and get anywhere near the foal, he decides to rope the her. When you don't have any experiance with horses, and you don't mess with the baby until you want something from it, you are just begging to get hurt. Anyway, in the process of trying to rope Dancer, the rope tripped him, and he fell with, I hope, a huge 'thud'. He went to the hostpital and found out he had a broken ankle, and a possible brain bleed. I wasn't one bit worried about him, I was worried what would become of his horses. After that they penned up all the horses and I never saw them again. At least not the way I wanted to.

You think I'm done with my awful tale? Nope. I have one more thing to add. The day I found out Snickers had left for good I broke down in tears. I couldn't help myself. That horse had helped me through times where I felt like I was going crazy from depression. She always put a smile on my face. She was my life. I didn't know how I would live without her. I cried myself to sleep, literally.

One day I was driving home from work with my sister and I saw an amazing trailer. It was so epic, I can't even explain it. I looked over and I saw brown and white paint markings, and a chestnut horse. I held back a rain storm of tears. They were more towards happy tears other than sad. I'm not sure if those horses were Snickers and Lena, but it sure looked like them. I just hope they find a good home and are happy there. I'm pretty sure Dancer was in there as well. It was a 3 horse trailer, and she is small, so I probably couldn't see her.

Penny is finally starting to realize they are gone. She stands by the fence and looks for them, and it breaks my heart to see it. She loved those horses more than I did. They were her only horse friends. All the other animals out here, that are close by, are cows, and cows don't make good friends, in my opinion. I on the other hand am coping, I guess you could say. I still feel like they are here and expect them to be waiting for me when I get home. It just crushes me once I remind myself, but that's life for you. It always seems to take away the things you care and love for the most. At least to me it does. I will always love and care for them, even if I can't see their angel faces every day.

Stay strong my dear girls. I love you.
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Foxchase Farm  
Great article!
  Aug 11, 2012  •  2,193 views
Very nice article, Arrow!
  Aug 11, 2012  •  2,209 views
Loved it! You should write more. :)
  Aug 12, 2012  •  2,220 views
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Great Paup! I love it! I'm so sorry :(
  Aug 12, 2012  •  2,161 views
Double Spur Ranch  
Very great article!
  Aug 12, 2012  •  2,175 views
Such a sad article, I'm sure they're found the loving homes they deserve. :)
  Aug 12, 2012  •  2,173 views
Estella Noire  
Well written c: I'm sorry about what happened to the horses though.
  Aug 12, 2012  •  2,237 views
Sapphire Flames  
Wow...great story. and I ope they went to a good home as well. :)
  Aug 13, 2012  •  2,153 views
Oh my goodness, that's heartbreaking! At least you still have Penny.
  Aug 13, 2012  •  2,179 views
Love Forever  
Great job Papi!
  Aug 13, 2012  •  2,204 views
So sad! Well written story though.
  Aug 14, 2012  •  2,519 views
Gone forever BYE  
Awesome story and sad story I hope the horses found loving and caring homes and don't worry you ail see them again some day
  Aug 15, 2012  •  2,153 views
Awesome article but it is kinda sad.
  Aug 29, 2012  •  2,161 views
Epic Windrunner  
that is an amazing story! and well written :D
  Jul 8, 2013  •  2,157 views
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