Willow – Rainbow Bridge

Sometimes dreams do not coincide with reality. Willow was one of those dreams. I learned a lot about life from this horse who was destined to struggle.

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2012- She desperately needed to be rescued from careless owners.
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June, day one at the horse rescue with lots of grass to eat. I adopted her in August. 
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She was a beautiful, sweet horse. 

 

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In January, I sent her to a trainer. She was ready to come home after a month. 
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In early March, she had an accident. She fell behind a concrete trough and was trapped on her back between the trough and the barn wall for many hours. We ended up having to tear down the wall to save her. The video below gives the whole story.

The video barely touches the effort it took for both Willow and my family to help her recover. There were long nights, and at first, days when she could not get up. She finally learned to get up like a cow, rear first. There was re-bandaging daily for months,constant medication, but we made it.

I would like to say that all was a happy fairy tale after that, but life is tough. She was barely halter broken, and not well lead broken when I got her, so I felt I really needed to continue here training while she recovered from her ordeal. Although for a long time, riding was out of the question, I was able to to desensitization and ground work with Willow.

But I found when I started riding Willow again that she was a bit spoiled. She would do anything for me on the ground, but she was not happy being ridden. I worked full-time and she needed a full-time trainer. This time I had the accident. I was dismounting and she jumped to the side, and I landed on my foot, but my knee made a left-hand turn and the ligaments ripped.

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Then I was sent on a detail out of town for three months. I rehabbed during that time, but no one was around to ride Willow. When I got back on her, she still was unhappy and I had lost my confidence. I sent her back to Lynda Koch the woman who rescued her. Lynda had started training horses. Some horse are fine with every-now-and-then riding. Willow was not. She needed constant training for a while. I could not do it. I told Lynda if she could find a GREAT home for Willow, she had my permission to place her. If she could not, I would take her back. Lynda found a GREAT family. Her new family loved her and she was a happy girl for two months. Then she choked and had to be euthanized because of the complications. Her new family was devastated.

Willow was the cuddliest and sweetest horse I had ever known. She is now running free.

 

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