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.
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.
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.