Some have been following the story of a beautiful mare I had the privilege of nurturing back to health over an 8 month period extending from last October to early June of this year. Giving her up has been both a heartbreak and a lesson in trusting others with the care and future of yet another beloved horse. I simply want to share with you the hope I have in a God who answers prayer, as I ‘m reassured there are good and caring people in the world, who also love animals and are dedicated to protecting their welfare.
In January of 2016, several things happened within a short period of time, allowing me to move a horse, two dogs and myself to another farm where a gracious woman friend offered the four of us a “transitional home”. A job offer after being unemployed for 4 months, a viable contract of sale on a small farm I’d owned that had been on the market too long, and a place for my “pet menagerie”to move as winter was approaching, had all seemed like impossible causes at one time. I was learning to trust and be patience, after repeatedly setting petitions before a God, who was and is my only hope. Answers came, but not in a way expected. As another transitional time approaches, I’m reminded of lessons learned: “It’s better to trust in the Lord than put your confidence in rulers of the world.” (Psalm 118:9) I believe it was only by divine intervention the pieces of a complex puzzle fell into place, just as I understand now, another horse taken in when she needed help, had to be released to fulfill a new purpose for someone else’s life.
Following are pictures of one horse’s journey from an obscure farm in northeastern KY where her restoration began, to a benevolent farm owners’ extra lot, and finally on to the rich pasture lands outside Louisville, Kentucky (home of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby). Considered by many to be “past her prime” (and usefulness to man), I am thankful to God who orchestrated her adoption by another woman who supports Second Stride, Inc. near Prospect, Kentucky. In less than a week of her delivery to the intake farm, Royal Pause was granted a new home.
Comments made about this stunning Chestnut mare with the white face blaze and socks, by others who have assessed numerous horses:
“She doesn’t look her age.”
“She’s has a sweet temperament and is a beautiful mover.”
“Someone will want her…..and the story that goes with her.”
What horse or human could ask for more?
I can only express gratitude to Second Stride, the woman who has taken her in and sees her value, and not least of all to a God who is faithful to restore, establish, and strengthen……and give new meaning to lives once abandoned by the darker side of souls in conflict.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.