Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How a girl gets a horse...

It was 1998 and being in a different country, speaking a different language isn’t that easy, but manageable. A bit harder to manage is riding 15 horses a day, cleaning stalls and look after the mommies and babies. But given there are 24 hours in a day, it is doable…

Nice thing about working with babies and mommies there are usually daddies too! And daddies make a difference! As a little girl I always been and have been a real sucker for Walt Disney movies, you know the ones that always end right.


So being in a foreign county with all these beautiful horses was just fantastic! There was one in particular, a Morgan stallion named Fox Trim Classic. He was just like the black stallion, but sweeter! Basically he was just big pup but nobody had the guts to compare a horse to a dog. Anyway, I had the pleasure to ride him in a big show and every day after. And I just loved the “big” boy. After talking to his owner I told her if I was EVER going to move to The States and if she EVER wanted to sell him for whatever reason I would take him! Off course being 19 years old and very optimistic and naive about live, I thought it was reasonable suggestion.


And live goes on…

When we moved to the States in 2006 it never occurred to me that Classic, was still around. He probably had to be in his twenties and after a full live of breeding every mare presented to him, I didn’t think it was a possibility of him being around and alive and kicking…

In April of 2008 I got the terrible news that I had cancer and I was very much lost and lonely (even with all my loving family and friends surrounding me) so it was a hectic and stress full time. But two weeks after I
received the news I got another phone call. From the woman who had Classic!?! If I would be interested in having him, he was after all retired and she needed a good home for him, because she was getting a divorce and needed to sell him.


After 12 years I said YES right away! It was just a gift from heaven to let me know that I didn’t have to battle cancer all by myself …

So he came, a little more gray, being beautiful, understanding, sweet and powerful and every time if I felt I just couldn’t do it no more I just have to look outside the window and see my black stallion and I know I can…

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful story!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Such a cool story!

In a few days I'm going to post about our family's friends in the Netherlands. There are quite a few dairies there, aren't there?

Cris Goode said...

That is such a great story. What a blessing to get that call at just the right time!

Liz said...

I loved the Black Beauty movies when I was a kid... except you got black beauty and I didn't!! haha!

Deb Osza said...

Oh Leontien...I have tears in my eyes. What a beautiful story. He is a black beauty. And like you, I love those Disney movies too! So glad your story has a happy ending. So glad for Classic. He is beautiful and he is lucky to have you!

Ott, A. said...

What a great story. It seems like you two were meant to be together. I love the pic of you in your wedding dress with him.

Jane @ Going Jane said...

I'm so excited to meet a fellow horse-lover! What a great story...and the timing is proof of the awesomeness of God's power and control! Can't wait to read more of your posts. :)

Wendy said...

I am so glad that you met Classic while you were here at Touchstone Farm. It has been a great joy to us that you have been able to follow your dream in spite of all the humps and bumps. Your ability to stay positive and fight on is one of your greatest strengths. We love you.

DeeDee Sigler, SIG...nature Notes said...

Leontien: Thank you so much for the award. I am so moved that you like my writing. Your post is extraordinary, as is your story. I love horses, too. I started riding when I was 40. I don't ride very often now, but I love them! Getting that call about Classic and that time in your life was a call from God! You are a gifted writer yourself. I'm glad we met at the workshop. God bless. I look forward to our friendship. DeeDee P.S. I'll work on fulfilling the requirements of the award. Thank you, again!

mejones79 said...

Hi Leontien, my mom just sent me your post! That's our boy from Sangudo! He's been such an adventurer...we still have his daughters Fable and Jesse at home in Alberta. It's wonderful to see you together, I'm glad to hear you're well! I don't know how or when, but I'd love to visit you down there sometime.
I haven't seen him in so long.

Marie Jones, Toronto

The Murphys said...

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Leah @ Beyer Beware said...

What a great story! Isn't it amazing how animals can be so healing! I hope he continues to give you comfort for a very long time.

BigD said...

Great wedding photo... and great story. I've seen my mom go thru cancer twice and hope comes in all shapes and sizes!
Thanks for sharing!

texwisgirl said...

Love this. Congrats on bringing your beautiful big boy to his new home with you. I love Morgans. Fell in love with the kid's story "Justin Morgan Had a Horse". They're not very prevalent in Texas (much more so up north in Wisconsin where I was raised). I have 2 Arabs to keep me company here. :)

-Heidi said...

What a wonderful story; thanks so much for sharing it! Beautiful!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

This is a beautiful story... meant to be, a dream come true and a prayer answered... My dream horse awaits me too! It will be my first and I can hardly wait! Horses are healing...and the bond between horse and owner is like no other...
Stay well and enjoy that Big Black Beautiful gift from God!
Deb

Farmer's Wyfe said...

What a beautiful story!!!

Pat said...

This is a beautiful story! I'm so glad you got the horse of your dreams. Being a fellow cancer survivor, I know what you mean about feeling alone. What a boost that must have been when you found out that Classic could be yours!

Teri Treftlin said...

Congrats on finding the horse of your dreams, and being so strong in your fight against cancer. I have a Classic baby - I was wondering where he disappeared to. My girl is a palomino mare, 'Twelve Karat Classic" aka Storm. She's lively and intelligent,out of a grade mare I also bought form Classic's previous owners. Hope he is doing well,and you are enjoying him! All the best - Teri Treftlin, North Winds Farm, Geraldton, Ontario.

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