May 8, 2011
A very tough goodbye
Before he came to us he had done his stint as a mountain pack horse, worked in children's riding schools, done some cow work and lots of trail riding.
God "loaned" him to us as a source of hope for Elaine who was recovering from several strokes. She could barely walk, had a leg 3 1/2 inches shorter than the other , could not drive a vehicle and had virtually no independence. God is good! He healed Elaine and left Boom with us for seven years. The bond was built very strongly.
Besides giving hope, he introduced about 25 children to the joys of horse riding and damaged none. He also gave great joy to one severely autistic child. I can still see the beaming smile on his face as Boom walked him around the paddock. Many adults also enjoyed trail rides over the seven years.
He also knew the rider's limitations. Even when Elaine wanted to trot or canter, Boom would not. He knew to look after her.
I doubt that we could ever find a more gentle horse!
Unfortunately, every creature, be it horse or man has a limited life span here on earth. Boom's quality of life at the end was about a 2 on a scale of 10. One of the hardest things that I have ever done was to give him back to the Lord today!
Rest in Peace, Boom!