Thursday, July 28, 2011

Smiles and tears

It's always a mixture, isn't it?  Life is never simple, nor is it dull.  There are pleasures that bring the smiles, and there are the heartaches that cause the pain and the tears.  I guess that's just the way it is.  On this planet anyway.  I do look forward to the day when we're living in heaven, on the new earth, where there will be no more sadness and no more tears.  I look forward to seeing my mom and dad, my grandma, and the grandparents I was never fortunate enough to meet.  And so many friends, relatives and animals whom I have loved dearly.  Yes, I'm looking forward to that...very much. 

But, until goes on.  I see that once again, I have been remiss in posting with any regularity on my blog.  The days just seem to fly by, and I so easily lose track of the days.  One after the other, they pass so quickly.  This has been a lovely summer to me.  I've heard so many people complain about our weather, the lack of sunshine and hot temperatures so common to so many other summers.  But I've been enjoying our sunny, cooler than usual weather.  Mostly, the days have been pleasant and warm, some grey and some rain.  I can appreciate that.  Especially when I watch the news and see what's been going on weather-wise in the majority of the country elsewhere.  Temperatures in the hundreds, massive flooding, tornadoes and such?  We are truly blessed here in the pacific northwest.  We complain and we have absolutely no reason to do so.  So, I for one, am very, very thankful for our summer.  I just hope it sticks around for a good, long while. 
Remember this girl?  This is our old gal..."Frosted Siri L"  She turned 29 years young on January 31, 2011
and this is our grandson David, who's 10 years old and loves Siri madly...

He'd spend all day long in the barn or hanging out with her in the pasture if he was able.  Well, Dave came out and spent 10 days with us when we took some vacation time the end of June and the first part of July.  We took a bunch of pictures of him and Siri spending time with each other.  I'm so thankful that we got that time and those pictures, because our sweet old girl passed away on July 13, 2011.  She was in good spirits when I turned her loose in the apple orchard pasture with the rest of the horses, and about 2 hours later, we had to have her euthanized for an apparent fatty lypoma that strangulated her small intestine.  It was intensely painful  and unbelievably fast.  Here one moment, and gone the next.  It certainly took us by surprise, and left us with no alternative than to say good-bye to our dear friend.  We buried her near the apple tree the following day, along with so many other animal friends whom we've loved over the years.  I'm so very thankful we were home and able to be with her when she needed us the thankful for that.  We're going to miss her, and her sassy attitude, and her worrisome nature over her herdmates.  She was a treasure and we loved her.  It was especially touching to see how each one of the horses personally said their good-byes to her.  And some people don't believe that animals love one another and grieve over the loss of herdmates.  I'm here to tell you that they do. 

R.I.P. "Frosted Siri L"  1/31/82 - 7/13/11  Thanks for the memories!!  It's been a pleasure and a blessing spending time with you!! 

If you ever get the chance to read a little book titled the "Ghost Wind Stallion" , I'd recommend it highly.  I forget who the author is, but it's narrated by an old Nez Perce Indian named George Long Grass.  The story is about Siri's ancestors and a particular line of horses that were highly regarded by the Nez Perce Tribe.  I read it, quite by accident, and was startled to discover that I was looking at Siri's lineage exactly duplicated.  She had noble ancestry.

In more recent events, we attended the Central Oregon Wild Horse Expo at the Brasada Ranch last weekend near Prineville, Oregon.  What beautiful country and what a gorgeous ranch!  I'd move there in a New York minute!!  It's considered high desert with beautiful mountain ranges all around.  You can see Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, The 3 Sisters, Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, and Black Butte from beautifully green, lush pastures brimming with beef cattle and beautiful horses.  My kind of country.  Anyway, there was a wild horse adoption, vendors, demonstration of all kinds, a competitve trail ride, a horse show for wild bred Mustangs and clinics going on.  Very entertaining!  We had a blast!

Remember this guy??

This is "Eagle" - the Mustang that I saw a picture of on a friend's Facebook page over a year ago.  I included him in a blog posting quite a while back.  I admitted that I was enamored of him, and quite honestly have never been able to get him out of my mind completely since then. 

Well...I found out that Kate (the FB friend) was going to be judging one of the trail courses at the wild horse expo, and...quite innocently enough asked her if she was perchance thinking of bringing Eagle along.  And, she sent me an e-mail that stated that yes, she would bring Eagle with me in mind.  My heart started beating madly...and guess what!!?? 

I met him, I got to spend time with him, and I got to show him in-hand at the expo!!!!

I'm quite madly head-over-heels, in love with this horse!!!!

Right from the first, if you'd have asked me just what exactly that it was that had me so smitten with this particular bay horse...I'd have probably said, "something in his eyes, his expression"...and that's still the case.  I believe this horse is an old soul, a true gentleman and oh so very, very kind.  I get all emotional and my eyes tear up just looking at him and being near him.  I think he wants to please, feel safe, and be loved...and that's it. 

I'm a goner.

And then I find out he's led a very sad life.  He wasn't loved or valued at all.  He's got whip marks on his body.  Apparently, he was captured as a 2-3 year old in the Warm Springs Herd Management Area of central Oregon.  He was adopted through BLM to someone in the Roseburg, Oregon area.  Apparently, he was beaten, and it was savagely enough that at 11 years of age, the scars are still evident.  Bloody hell!!!!!  I can't even imagine...and as if that weren't enough; his owners were what Kate refers to as "dopers" who then sold him to the Winston Wildlife Safari to be used as cat meat.  Wow...thankfully, someone with a kind heart at the safari made a phone call to someone in the Strawberry Mountain Horse Rescue and said they had a horse there, who was obviously too nice of a horse to be cut up and fed to the wild cats.  That person came and picked Eagle up, and that's how he ended up with the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coallition and owned by my friend, Kate.  Long story, short...before long, I will more than likely be the very proud new mom and forever caretaker of the magnificent "Eagle". 

The beginning...

**happy dance***

:)   Cingspots 

You just never know where life will lead...


Kate said...

Very sorry for the sudden loss of your beautiful mare - it's always hard to take no matter how old they are. She was much loved, and as you said, you were there to help her when she needed your help.

Eagle - how magnificent!

Grey Horse Matters said...

What a special girl she sounds like. I'm so glad that your grandson was able to spend some time with her recently. I'm sure she loved it. It's so sad when one of our friends passes on but someday we'll all be together again.

Very exciting about Eagle. I'm happy for you and him. How can anyone beat a horse like that. I know what I'd like to do to the whole lot of them who mistreated him for one second. Good luck with your old soul.

Leah Fry said...

Sad in one breath and so excited for you in the next! But isn't that the way it seems to work? Can't wait to hear of your new adventures.

Love the pix of your grandson & Siri, especially the one where he's hugging her head.

panthercreekcottage said...

Miss Siri, God bless you sweetheart and goodnight.

Miss Lorie, God bless you in this new and beautiful new chapter in your life. It's a match made in heaven. I'll be with you on the journey. Lots of love to you and Eagle. Can't wait to see those soft and gentle eyes for myself.

Mary said...

Rest in peace Siri, you were very much loved. I am so glad you ere there for her when she needed you most. I hope David will be all right, that is so hard on a child.

It is so nice to know that Eagle is finally going to get the love and caring he so greatly derserves. I am looking forward to reading about him.

I live in the Pacific Northwest too, and I have no complaints about our weather. Wasn't today just perfect? It was for me anyway. Now it's cool out and I have a sweatshirt on. I love it!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Sorry for your loss. Siri did live a good and long life. That is so cool to find out that she has the same ancestors as the Nez Perce story. Cherish your memeories of her.

Carolynn said...

So sorry to hear that Siri is no longer with you. It's so incredibly hard to say goodbye to such a dear and loving friend. My heart goes out to you.

Eagle is a beauty, no question. It's no surprise to me that he was mistreated - although, I have to admit...I didn't read past the mention of whip marks. I can't handle that stuff, it's too upsetting. I'm so glad to hear he has a good, loving home where he's safe, respected, and doted on. What a treat to meet him.


Lea and her Mustangs said...

Oh Lori, I am so sorry about Siri. Breaks our hearts doesn't it? I have 2 30 year olds here and every morning I look out to see them.
And Eagle, I am doing a happy dance with you and for you. Mustangs have a way of catching you with their eyes and their hearts.
Sage is going to be ridden today for the first time. I am so excited I can hardly wait.
Yes, I do love you alot. She loves me too and that is a blessing of its own. She smooches me and does just about all I want.
Sorry again about Siri. She and my Star are galloping around together young and pain free. I believe that.

C-ingspots said...

Oh thank you my beautiful've filled my heart with gratitude and filled my eyes (again), with tears. Yes, it's truly heartbreaking to lose our animal friends; but I can't imagine life without a single one of them. It's just life, and it's all worth it! Love you guys!! :)

Ranch Girl Diaries said...

Oh goodness he (Eagle) is SO handsome!! I can understand your connection! I am so happy for you and can't wait to see what adventures you tackle together! Also, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of dear Siri, what darling photos of her and your grandson. I have to say 29 years- what a wonderful life and in some ways the going fast is almost better than a drawn-out pain and suffering. She was well-loved and happy and I'm sure she is trotting happily up in heaven now!

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

So sorry for the loss of Siri. She obviously had a wonderful life with you and now you can give a wonderful life to Eagle.

Donna said...

So sorry for your loss, the addition of Eagle to your life comes at a perfect moment. We find others who need us when we need them, that's how I ended up with my mare. Take care of yourself.

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