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Submitted by Tammy Tibbs

red horse illustrationI was given a horse people were afraid of and nobody wanted. He had been abused and neglected; he hated people and trusted no one. Using natural horsemanship, I spent eight months ground working him. He snapped, kicked, shoved, and head butted me. I ate a lot of paddock dirt. He just wouldn’t let me into his world.

One day he shoved me down, and it hurt really badly. I turned to walk away, tears streaming, and I said, “God, I give up. I just can’t get through to him.” Just then, I felt something touch me: it was the horse nuzzling me as if to say, “I’m sorry, don’t give up.”

Right then I bonded with the big, red horse that I’d named Turkey Creek after a “Tombstone” character. Creek became the best mannered horse at the stable. He loved the autistic children who visited, and he played Big Red for the Black Stallion literacy program.

I lost Creek in a freak accident three years later. I still miss my friend so much. During his time with me, he taught me a lot about life, self confidence, and understanding; he gave me the strength to adopt four other abused horses. God blessed me with him to give me strength to help others.

I came upon a wild, raging “Creek,” and I forged it. I am strong now. Thanks, Buddy.

horse outline 2Further Links:

Visit the Horse Tales Literacy Project, The Black Stallion Ranch website, or read an article about the successful work the literacy project is doing.

Enjoy reading about horses? Visit Walter Farley’s Amazon author’s page.

Want to help abused animals or abused horses in particular? Visit Volunteer Match to find a way to help, visit the ASPCA, or do a search for a local equine rescue organization near you.

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