Saturday, April 5, 2008
OUR OLD MAN
This is our old man "Pesky." He is 26 years old today. I thought I would share his story with you all today. The first time I met my hubby we were at a roping practice at a mutual friend's arena. I was there with a friend that was having trouble with his heading horse. Well, who did they ask to help him, Dickie of course! So he came up to me and asked me to cool off his horse for him. I said okay not a problem. Before he walked off he whispered something in the horse's ear! I would find out later he had told him to take care of me! How sweet is that! So that started our dating and how "Pesky" entered my life. At ropings I would warm him up and cool him off. Well around the time Savannah was born, he was older and couldn't go like he used too. So he went into semi retirement to become Savannah's first horse. He was such a great babysitter with her. He took such good care of her. I can say one time in fact they I know he and "Angel" saved her life. We were working calves at another ranch and she was sitting on him and this man heeled a calf tied off and then got off his horse! Not good especially since it was a green horse. Well, you all know what happened next the rope rubbed the horses rear end and off he went-calf and all. He did laps around the pen and was going straight towards Savannah. I yelled at her to hang on and hubby and I were running as fast as we could to get to her. But the horse made it first and ran into Pesky, knocking Savannah off the right side of the horse. When that happened Pesky and Angel both looked down and saw her laying there and came together and covered her with there bodies to protect her from the horse and the calf. It was just amazing! They were her guardian angels that day! She has ridden him up until last year and he has now gone into full retirement. He is living the rest of his life out grazing green grass, munching on hay, getting feed, grooming, and lots and lots of TLC! I can say he has truly earned his place here and will stay here until it is time to be called home. I can say I am not looking forward to that day, even though I know it is coming. It will diffently be a sad day at the ranch. Thank you old man for all your years of taking such great care of my family. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND TOO MANY MORE! I love you!