She isn’t just a horse to me.
She’s my best friend; my partner.
And she almost didn’t get a chance to live her life.
Annie, lovingly referred to as Chunky Pony (or CP for short) is a nurse mare foal. Essentially, she was born to be disposed of.
Annie was adopted by my sister from Dream Equine Therapy Center as a 7 week old, orphan nurse mare foal.
If you aren’t familiar with nurse mare foals, I’ll give you the short version here: basically nurse mare foals are born to be disposed of, so their mothers can nurse a more “valuable” foal.
“Nurse mare foals are born to mothers that are bred solely for milk production. Mares of different breeds but many times larger breeds such as drafts are bred by nurse mare farmers. After foaling, the mares are leased to a farm, typically a farm involved with the various race industries. They become a mother for a more “expensive” foal. Their biological foals were historically left to die, killed or were slaughter bound. Have you heard of pony leather or pony skin? Foals are also skinned and their hides used for high end leather products. Many times, during the time the mare is leased, the “expensive foals” farm is required to get the mare back in foal. This is why the foals usually are mixed breeds and unable to be registered, because they will breed back to whatever is available, even the teaser stallion horses or ponies. So the nurse mare farmers make a profit on leasing the mare and then also get the bare bred back for free which in turn brings him the same money next year."
So you see, my precious little 15 hand mare, who has given every ounce of her heart to her humans, was born to die.
I am so grateful for all the people involved in her rescue, because this little horse has taught me far more about riding than any horse I’ve ridden in the past 25 years & has taught me more about life than any human being could.
To think that her life could have ended before it even began is a tragedy that’s too painful to really get into. She was one of the lucky ones who ended up in an amazing organization so she could have a second chance at life.
All of our horses have a story. Some good, some bad, some so unknown & mysterious, we’ll never truly know.
But that’s what makes them unique.
It’s what makes the light in their eyes sparkle a little different than any other horse.
It’s what draws us to their personality, their quirks, their individuality
Our horses are so much more to us than just a means to a 25 cent ribbon or an activity we do some weekends.
They are a part of us. A huge part of us, that occupy a portion of our heart & our soul.
If only we could shrink them down & carry them around with us, we would do it in a heartbeat.
We might not be able to take them with us, but with the new I Heart Horse Bag Charm from Dapplebay, we can take a small piece of them with us; a reminder every time we look down of their unending love, loyalty, & commitment to us & us to them.
The best part? With the sale of every charm, a portion of the proceeds go directly to Dream Equine Therapy Center so more horses, just like Annie, can be saved & given a second chance to make their mark on this world.
She challenges me to be better in every area of my life.
Some of my highest highs have only been made possible because of her.
She’s toted a one year old around at an international equestrian center.
Her mane has been the home to so many of my tears.
She’s taught my nieces & nephews how to post the trot.
She’s saved my life in ways I can’t even explain.
She mirrors my soul. She tells me what I need before I’m aware I need it.
She is, my charm.
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