Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Right Place, Right Time

I decided to drive a different way home today, not really sure why. As traffic slowed in front of me, I really began to wonder why I chose this route. Then, a whirl of brown flashed by my window...and then another. Three little ponies and two horses had escaped their confines and were running alongside the ditch, dangerously close to the highway. I pulled over and so did another lady. We both ran and waved them back to the ditch, anything to keep them from the road. It was cold, but as we stood there guarding the "herd" more people stopped to help. A couple of the women starting asking, "Do you have horses?" We all nodded, each knowing that was the reason we all reacted the way we did. The love of the animal and the hope that if these were our horses, anyone else would gladly do the same. We had about eight people now and the horses had settled and were grazing contently when we saw a truck and trailer coming our way. It was the owner. He was pretty upset and we all helped him get the grain buckets and everyone grabbed halters and lead lines. Regardless of what we had on our feet, we began trudging through the snow in hopes the horses would relax and come to us. The ponies were easy. They heard that grain and came running. We had them loaded in a few minutes. The horses, took off and two guys drove down a side street to block them and eventually the horses succumbed to their stomachs and went for the grain. We all gave each other high fives and headed to our cars. Smiling and feeling like super heroes that just saved the day. Each knowing in our hearts, we would always perform super human feats to save the animals we love.

15 comments:

OnTheBit said...

What a great story! I am glad all the horses and ponies were okay and caught! And I think stopping and doing that good dead will make something good happen for you in the future with your own 4 legged friend. One of the things I love about the horse community is how we can all pull together in times of crisis. And loose horses are def. a crisis.

Lori Skoog said...

You drove that way for a reason...a good one.
Lori

allhorsestuff said...

Wow Jules, I love this and you for being ready and willing..of course!
That is so true...you instantly think of your beloved horse and do it for them, in a way!
What did you have on your feet?
KK

Grey Horse Matters said...

It seems like it was karma to drive that way, everything happens for a reason.
The great part of this story is all the people who stopped to help. I'll bet the owner will never forget this Christmas or the gift you all gave him. What a wonderful community the horse community is, always willing to help an animal in need.
Have a great holiday.

Deanna said...

Christmas came early for that horse owner. Thankfully you followed your intuition and went that way. Have a Merry Christmas!

Kathy C said...

Merry Christmas dear!

photogchic said...

Kacy...I was wearing the worst kind of shoe for the snow...Dansko clogs:-)

allhorsestuff said...

Oh Man! Jules...bet they got "sucked" right off many time!

Our mares have been so well taken care of by the Templeton's and crew...I really do miss them.
I wanted to give my mare's some special treats and bed them with cedar shavings, piled high.
All that is piled high is some 50 + poo's by now...they are too faithful to go in the stall!

XO Jules...bet your family misses you too dear~
Kac

Abraham Lincoln said...

Oh my what an adventure. I am so glad you guys got them back in where they belong.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family from me and Patty.

jacksonsgrrl said...
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jacksonsgrrl said...

I mispelled a word!!! I hate that!
Anyway...you were on that road taking a different route for a special reason, obviously! Divine intervention? I think so! Anyway, Merry Christmas--and a Happy New Year with your wonderful girl Maddy!

Rising Rainbow said...

You guys are heroes, very cool!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Original L said...

wow, cool. That's what I always call a "God thing," as you were obviously meant to go that way. I bet that horse owner was sooo grateful to you all.

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

Glad all the horses were safe!!! SCARY!

Pony Girl said...

What an adventure! That could have had an unhappy ending. What a blessing that you were all there,and had horse experience, to help out.