Life on the farm with the Man…and our critters…

A boy and his horse…

When I was a young boy, my older brother, Andy, had a horse named Thunder.  I remember watching the two of them as they rode across the fields, seeming to float across the grass at speeds that made my young mind dizzy.  The bond between them was special, and it was obvious to all that witnessed them when they were together that they were a single unit, body and soul.  As I grew, I never gave up hope that someday I would be able to share that same bond with a horse of my own.  The years passed, and as life would have it, that someday always seemed to be out of reach for one reason or another.  When my brother passed away 7 years ago, the dream of having a horse of my own was rekindled, perhaps as a way of keeping his memory alive.  As fate would have it, the Man works with a wonderful woman at the hospital who has a passion for rescuing horses, and I was introduced to Alex.  In his prime, Alex was a champion harness racer with the world at his feet, but once age set in and he started to slow down, he was no longer the darling of the track.   As with most aging horses, Alex’s future was a dim one, and he was literally rescued from the truck that was about to take him away.  While the Man and I finish preparing the fields and the barn that Alex will soon call home, I spend as much time with him as I can, grooming and riding him, and sharing treats.  There is no fear, no trepidation with either of us, and we easily slip into a routine built on trust.  When we ride, we become one, as my brother did with his best friend so many years ago.  What comforts me the most isn’t that I have that connection to a brother I miss dearly, but that I now realize that those were the happiest days of my brother’s difficult life.  He was full of life then, and in my heart, he is alive and happy still…

5 responses


    I think it’s great that a person rescues animals from a fate that would take them out of this world. I hope when i pass on to the great beyond there will be animal’s of all kind’s there. I never knew Andy had a horse. Kim had been wanting a horse since she was a young girl but we never lived where she could have one. I am happy that you have both been able to realize your dream now.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm

  2. It’s probably a good thing Kim and I don’t live closer. We would be rescuing everything with 4 feet!

    December 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

  3. Rich

    Wow…you have such a way with words. Thanks for sharing that Rick..looking forward to more ya!!!

    December 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm

  4. Julie

    What a beautiful tribute to your brother, Rick. And what a lucky boy Alex is to have found you. Our animals always come to us at the perfect time. Have a wonderful time with him. ❤

    December 17, 2010 at 1:30 am

  5. Liza Dawes

    omg, make me cry why dont ya! I love that you have found a passion that you and Dad have shared together at different points in time..Love you and miss my Daddy~

    January 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

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