I realized I hadn’t posted here since saying farewell to my beloved older horse Skip. He let me know it was his time to go and saying goodbye to my best friend for the past nine years was one of the most difficult things I’d ever done. I am forever grateful to this horse who had literally saved my life. Skip’s smart, quirky personality made for lots of laughter and people worldwide knew of his antics from Facebook — he even had a fan club in Australia! I know I won’t be the only one who misses him.
I’d adopted Skip shortly after my mom’s passing and was so numb with grief I vowed never to love anything or anyone again. Skip had Cushings, was already in his 20’s, his owner had just died, and he was homeless and depressed. I think we were meant to heal together. Just the two of us trail riding was our favorite thing to do together. It was my therapy during the following difficult years dealing the illnesses and deaths of my mom, last grandparent and then my dad. And he taught me to love and care again.
In his later years, after Skip couldn’t be ridden, he was allowed to freely roam throughout the barn and its surroundings and became the official barn greeter. He knew all the entrances and gates around the barn and could be sneaky — he’d wander into the indoor arena to take afternoon naps in the shavings pile and he once opened a gate and entered the arena in the middle of a Craig Cameron clinic!
I am forever grateful for the nine wonderful years of love and laughter we had together. He will always be with me and taught me so much that it carries on in my relationship with my mare Bobbi now. A friend recently said something about Skip in a way I never thought of — that so many horses just live in the horse world but Skip was a great horse who understood humans. It’s true, the bond between Skip & I transcends species.
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
― Washington Irving