Where in this wide world ...


photo: DHB Photography

The pony known on here as Smartie - not his real name, due to his difficult past.

He changed her life. My confused complicated little girl, found her life because of him. He taught them both to ride, with his wicked sense of humour and his ancient wisdom.

He's been retired for just over a year, has COPD (kind of like asthma in horses) and is blind in one eye. Over the last few days, it has been becoming apparent that the sight is going in the other eye, and he is beginning to feel nervous about things - he's also bumping into his wall and his waterbucket - unless we can help him to adapt, it can't be long now.

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
England's past has been borne on his back.
All our history is in his industry.
We are his heirs, he our inheritance.
~Ronald Duncan, "The Horse," 1954


Mrs. Bee said...

'Tis a very hard time on the farm.
Praying you will have wisdom and strength to do whatever can and needs to be done for him.

Ellen said...

Tiny Girl's pony Tappy is a big part of our life, so we can understand your sadness and consternation. Sometimes it's so difficult to know the right way to handle things.

Dmarie said...

what a sweet testimony to a faithful friend!

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