I learn more lessons from the horses than they will ever learn from me. We had the dreaded colic hit last week( August 16, 2010) on a cute mare by our deceased CC Jet Smooth. We do all that we can as far as health and nutrition to prevent colic hitting but as we were reminded we are not God and do not have control over every thing that happens……….(this blog was started last August and never finished. I came across the draft and decided it was too good to not finish. It’s several months later…time does fly by)…..Go Girl, as we call this cute little mare, survived a bad case of colic. Not only did she survive but the unexpected blessing of a baby is still growing inside her. (HLC Sak Em Sugar found himself happily joined with the band of riding horses after he got a gate or two open while we were gone.) I remember the day that Go Girl came down with the colic. She came in from the pasture in bad shape and I could not get her to stay on her feet and by the time we went to load her on the trailer to take her to the vet, I could not get her up. It’s heart wrenching for me to watch a horse be in that much pain. I prayed often and out loud while trying to walk her. I reminded the Lord that she belonged to Him. I asked Him to spare her life but reminded myself , out loud, that I was just her care taker. Not her owner. Mike and I agreed that we did not want to risk the expensive colic surgery especially in the shape she was in. That was a tough decision!! We are used to doing everything within our means to help our horses or cattle. Our awesome vet, Dr. Moorehead, called that night and it did not sound good. By morning, he called with some hope. He said, “I can’t believe that she made it through the night. I went to put her down twice but I just couldn’t do it. She is still alive and I did an ultrasound. We can do a simpler surgery and cheaper surgery that I think may work.” The mare had some intestinal complication in the spleen area. Go Girl is thriving and the baby in her survived as well!! It was a great lesson for me personally in being reminded that I do not own these horses. They are God’s creation for His glory and purposes. Then, He lets us enjoy them and have the privilege of caring for them. It makes my load much lighter and my job easier when I realize I am not the boss!!
. I take my orders from the Almighty and leave the details to Him. ……what relief…..what glory……. what amazing surprises can come!! I recently caught Go Girl in the pasture to deworm her. She seemed kind of tired and droopy. I remember thinking that I hoped she was feeling okay. So I prayed again out loud and reminded Go Girl that her life was spared for God’s purpose and glory. To go and be blessed. She turned away, tail in the air and head up high loping as fast as an expectant mother can. Trust Him all the way. You won’t be disappointed in the end. Still standing amazed….. Tee Jay