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Hershey and His Duck

29 May

“Miss Jill want to hear what Hershey did to a duck?” Briah is our constant at the farm and she is so observant for being so young. She notices the nuiances of each horse and rider.

I gave her my full attention, I wanted to hear this story.

“The female and male mallard ducks were flying around and they landed in the pasture and Hershey came running over to them. The male flew off but the girl got confused and got cornered by Hershey.”

“Oh no, did he hurt her?” I asked.

“This is the interesting part, he just nuzzled her with his nose. It was like he was petting her.” Briah said with a huge smile.

Later the ducks flew over the field looking for their big four legged friend.

I NEED to get this on video! Hershey and his ducks could be quite a hit.  Now the ducks are constant companions to Hershey, they just follow him around all day.

What animal has your horse befriended besides another horse?

Hershey doing what he does best- galloping around!

Hershey doing what he does best- galloping around!

Timmy and A Turtle

14 Jul

Timmy has faith that if he asks his heavenly Father that it will be done.

Timmy has faith that if he asks his heavenly Father that it will be done.

Every year Timmy goes to camp deep in the woods. Full of wildlife, Timmy is always exploring, capturing, and trying to keep what he finds. When he came home with a turtle his mother conceded and allowed him to keep it.

Excited to share the little turtle with all of his friends at the farm, he brought it on a busy Saturday. Everyone shook his hand in congratulations that he was able to capture this beautiful turtle. He was asking others what he should name it and he was becoming remarkably proud of his prize.

As the day wore on, the poor turtle was in distress,and I convinced Timmy that the best thing for the turtle was to set it free because it was not happy in captivity. His head hung low and I knew that he was trying to process it. I asked him to pray over the situation and allow God to take control of the turtle.

That’s when he boldly walked to the back of my property, reassuring himself that he could visit the turtle any time that he wanted. When he came back, I could tell that he was upset. Everyone tried to console him and then I asked him to think about what a great home he had given the turtle. He tried to rationalize it, but his heart was heavy.

Little did I know that I just set a catastrophe into motion. Within twenty-four hours, we got hit with such a violent rainstrorm that it dropped three inches in an hour. I was afraid that Timmy’s turtle was probably far downstream.

Sure enough, the next day Timmy was out and off he went to inspect his turtle. Sure enough the little creature was there and Timmy was happy to report that his turtle had the same characteristics as him, he had made friends with a frog.

Everyday he comes and treks to the stream and he is happy to report that “Timmy the Turtle” has made many new friends including geese.

It is amazing what God can do. I must admit, I doubted that the turtle would be safe. In the natural view, this turtle should be twenty miles down stream. Yet this little turtle was safe in the prayer of a young man that had faith that if he asked His Father in Heaven for it, it would be done. If He can save a turtle for a young man, then He can solve your problems too.

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.Lean not on your own understanding and He will lead you. Prov. 3:5-6

Are you trusting Him with your dilemma? Give it to Him and watch Him solve it!

Julia and Pumpkin

5 Dec

Julia is horse crazy.  She fell madly in love with Pumpkin.  Pumpkin was in need of love too.  He found it in this funny, hopeful, loving young woman named Julia.  This is her account in her own words.  Enjoy it!


I don’t know what it was about that little horse that attracted me, but for a whole summer I was obsessed. Maybe it was his fear of people that made me want to help him to trust again, or maybe it was his past that caused me to want to give him something better to live for. But whatever it was about him, he stole my heart. I don’t know who named him but because of them I now walk around calling everything “Pumpkin”. Even to my cat, I unknowingly say “Hi Pumpkin”. It has become a term that I often use as a nickname for an animal close to me. I think if his name had still been Dawson that is what I would be calling everything “Dawson”.

Pumpkin suits him so much better though. He just ambles around much like a pumpkin, a little, plump orange thing. He is the sweetest thing though. Always comforting people and horses alike. He is friends with everyone, even Hershey.   The high strung Thoroughbred, is always calm and relaxed around Pumpkin. You can’t be angry, or upset, or too excited around him because his personality just rubs off on you and makes you relax.

He wasn’t always the clam one though. When he first arrived you couldn’t get near him in the field without him taking off. He would run and usually it would take several people to herd him into a corner to capture him. I saw this and it struck me that he needed help, to be able to trust that people wouldn’t hurt him. So I took it upon myself to help him. It took time of course, as with anything with horses. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one helping him though. But I did feel some sort of connection when I was with him. Like I was telling him he could trust me and in some, strange, twisted way, he listened. So I sat there petting him and feeding him treats out of my pocket and telling him that I would never hurt him. For a whole summer I did this, spent time with him. After a while he let me catch him with a halter so I took him to the tree and let him graze for HOURS while I groomed him. Just the two of us and occasionally some guests. Curry, brush, curry, brush, curry some more, brush even more, hard brush, soft brush, hoof pick, tail brush, comb, in that order until he was spotless. They would tease me about it, but I knew he liked it so I had a reason to do it. Then after all that brushing I would take him for a trail ride. Even when it was too hot to ride, I grazed and groomed him and gave him a bath so he would feel good.

And I knew he appreciated all of my hard work because he waited until after I left to roll because he knew it would hurt my feelings. When I put him back in the field after a session he would stand at the gate and watch me silently calling me not to go. I was the only one who could catch him for a while. Timmy would go out and try to catch him for a lesson and he would run, but he would stand for me. He would let me catch him because he trusted me. To this day he still amazes me with his willingness. Almost anyone can catch him in the field now. Everyone is in love with him and he is docile enough to be used for children’s pony rides.  He’s plump, happy, and sweeter than ever. People claim to love him more than I do but they have no idea how much I love that little horse and forever will. Whenever I see him I can’t help but think of the hours of grooming and trail rides and that special bond we had. For that whole summer, and still, I felt something special, something more than just a word. Love. And I pray that he felt it too.

Julia and Pumpkin

Julia and Pumpkin

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