I’m a horse! How was I supposed to know?


I was quietly grazing my paddock the other day when Feed Woman approached.

“Good morning, Geldoff,” she said in her usual convivial way. “I was wondering about your blog.”

“Yes,” I replied. “I did that last week. All done.”

“But Geldoff,” she said. “When you have a blog you’ve got to keep writing it. Every few days you’ve got to update it with something fresh.”

“What?” I whinnied. “I thought I just had to crack out a couple of stories and that would be it.”

“That’s not the way a blog works,” she replied.

“Well, how the heck was I supposed to know?” I asked. “I’m a horse!”

So here I find myself, a published blogger, under pressure from my editor to provide some pearls of wisdom to the Horsetalk faithful.

I’m a pretty opinionated horse, so it won’t be hard. But, crikey, these keyboards are not made for equines!

Anyway, I want to say a little about adversity. I’ve had my share and, no doubt, many readers will have gone through many challenges in their lives, too.

Bertie the heroic police horse.
Bertie the heroic police horse.

How we handle adversity says a great deal about who we are. They can often be defining moments in our lives, even though we may not recognise it at the time.

I was perusing Horsetalk at the weekend on my paddock laptop and read about Bertie the police horse, who once stood on a British beach as a man was drowning in the surf.

His mounted officer gave him the command and Bertie moved forward and swam out to make the rescue.

He no doubt met many other challenges in his police career, but that one incident said so much about Bertie and his willingness and attitude to life.

Amigo was impaled by a stick - but his owner has stuck by him, despite the bills.
Amigo was impaled by a stick - but his owner has stuck by him, despite the bills.

On the human front, I would like to mention Gary Sanderson.

Gary is the Tennessee owner of an Arabian endurance horse called Amigo.

Amigo was accidentally impaled on a tree branch and was given only a 2 per cent chance of survival.

Horsetalk has followed his recovery and it now appears Amigo is nearly out of the woods. What a fighter!

However, the six weeks of adversity following the accident says a lot about Gary.

I’ve never met him, but I think I would like him. He’s welcome to bring me a carrot or two whenever he likes.

Gary clearly knows his horse well and, despite the seriousness of Amigo’s injury, he knew his horse had the will to survive.

His dedication to his horse has seen veterinary bills for Amigo’s care climb to  $US20,000.

Gary has taken on a part-time job to help pay it off and will cut back on his living expenses to help meet the cost.

Generous fans of Amigo, following his case on Facebook, have donated several thousands of dollars to help, but Gary still faces a big hurdle in paying for Amigo’s care.

I have no doubt he is an honest and hard-working man. But the way he has dug deep for Amigo says so much more about him.

His action in giving Amigo a chance at life, will prove to be a defining moment in his life. In his response, he has shown himself to be a caring, thoughtful and understanding man.

Gary Sanderson, as they say in this part of the world, is a good bloke.

Horses need more friends like him.



6 thoughts on “I’m a horse! How was I supposed to know?

  • March 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Geldoff rocks, and so does his blog! Leave it to another horse to recognize Amigo’s owner’s extreme value and compassion!

  • March 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I am Gary Sanderson’s mother. I have always known that he was a very special person with the biggest heart on this earth.

  • March 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Gary is my dear brother and I agree with you completely. He is the “BEST”. Thank you very much for “blogging” such wonderful comments. You would love to know him and call him your friend. You would love to meet Amigo as well. His will to live is awesome. This will to live is due in large part to his friend, Gary Sanderson.

  • March 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    LOL…Sorry ol’ buddy! I see my entire family is dropping by your paddock. Still, I owe you a bucket of “Knicker-makers” for the kind comments.

  • May 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I think Geldoff should meet “Hoggy Dear ” my Arabian and his “Blundering Herd “.They have groupies for their adventures . Hugs and carrots Hoggy ‘s human pet , Jean

  • January 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Gary and Amigo are amazing. It is a story I will always keep in the back of my mind when I am out tending to (relative to this) minor cuts and scrapes that make me shake my head and get annoyed with my bunch; they are small peanuts compared to Amigo’s injury. I will remember: It could be worse!!


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