March 5, 2010
I received an e-mail from Michael Blake today that updated me a bit on a situation he’s been dealing with at the ranch. I’ve hesitated saying anything, but in order to share what he wrote, (which he gave permission to do) it’s necessary to mention that Michael lost his wonderful Mustang mare Samantha in December. She was in her mid-late twenties and passed peacefully, but losing a loved one is never easy on any of the family members left behind.
Samantha shared an extraordinary bond with Michael’s retired riding horse Little Boy and her loss has affected him deeply. As Michael explained to me, “he has no idea where to move with his life.” I’m sure it’s been heartbreaking to watch him suffer without his long-time companion.
Little Boy got sick and Michael began to wonder if he was going to lose him too, but today’s note gives reason to hope that Little Boy may be okay.
A testament to Mustang compassion:
“I have to tell you what happened this morning. Little Boy has survived and is eating well but he still stands alone wishing Samantha could somehow show herself. This morning before I went down to feed, I was watching them from the studio. As usual Little Boy was standing alone while Mariachi and Hope were standing together fifteen or twenty yards away. Mariachi turned around and walked over to where Little Boy was standing. Your herd stallion began to rub Little Boy’s face with his own. For about ten minutes they rubbed each other then Mariachi turned away once more and returned to Hope. Like all herd stallions, he knows when others need help and he gives it. This morning he gave a good feeling to a twenty-year old, castrated domestic. Mariachi is a marvelous individual. MB”
Of course I cried like a baby when I read this. There really is something so very special about that horse. His presence, his wisdom, his kindness…
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