- Pets and Animals
The Rescue of a Horse Called TwoSocks
On the second weekend of August, 2010, I, my husband, Doug, Carla and Her Mother took a ride to Nimrod Lake. A friend of Carla's had a horse that was 11 years old that they wanted to give away. He was said to be ready to ride but had not been ridden in several years. In this lens I will share our experiences with TwoSocks with you. Horses are large creatures but if treated with the respect they deserve are one of the most gentlest. For every avid Horse lover there is a companion. By trial and error, I have learned much in the care of horses. I am by no means an expert, for I am learning every day.
I hope you enjoy this exciting journey with TwoSocks and with us. This gentle horse has earned my love and my respect. To put it in honest terms. with his big heart and his gentle actions. TwoSocks not only won my sympathy and love. but he won my families hearts and our love and respect.
The Past of TwoSocks
A Bit About When We Brought TwoSocks Home
(All Last Names will be left out as per privacy rules dictate.)
The Not So Distant Past
It was a beautiful sunny weekend. The temperature was in the mid 80's to the low 90's. We all got in our vehicles and headed the 60 or so miles to Nimrod Lake to meet with Carla's Friend, Rebecca. Rebecca was taking care of a man who had broken his back a few years ago. We had been told the Horse was in fair condition and that they just had no room for him. So he was offered to us. Carla said we would take him so on that fateful day we all headed up there laughing and talking joyfully.
When we arrived there, at first we did not see him. Rebecca went to the front side of the house and Doug and I were just stunned at what we saw. Rebecca explained that she had only been there for a few months and when she moved there the horse was alot worse off than what he was that day. In my mind, I just could not understand how he could look much worse than he did at that precise moment. The poor thing was nothing but loose skin and bones. There were several patches where dogs had nipped and bitten him and the poor thing was scared half to death.
I just did not see how we could pull him through. I shook my head thinking how could anyone be so cruel as to not have him any hay or feed. The ground he was on was as barren as a desert with no grass in sight. I thought to myself. "You've seen worse girl, don't know when , but surely you have." It was all I could do not to cry out in anger and sympathy for this large, sad, pitiful creature.
Trying to get him loaded into the trailer was not an easy task, as TwoSocks had not been in one since he was just a baby. He was anxious and afraid. We tried coaxing him, and then we tried bribing him with grain. Finally, Doug took the lead rope through the front window of the trailer and Carla then coaxed him with grain and between them, they managed to get him loaded.
The first thing was to get him home and calm his fears. It took us all, but we finally got him loaded into the horse trailer and headed home. The minute we got him there and led him from the trailer, I looked into that gentle soul's eyes and saw great sadness there. I vowed that soon he would be happy,healthy, and content for the rest of his days.
We all talked as we worked with him, the anger over his treatment upsetting to us all. Having Horses was a dream of Doug's and mine. As a little girl, I would dream of having my own horse. When Doug got Miss Tee for me, I was so excited. Then came TwoSocks and even though I was excited to get him I was very angry at his treatment.
We took pictures because I wanted to show the vet what he looked like that day. Then Carla and I went to the Feed store and purchased some weight gain after speaking with our vet. We removed the Halter that was digging into his poor nose. He had never been pampered and it had been a very long time since he had been shown any love.
The Present with TwoSocks
How he is today
As time goes so swiftly nowadays, I have watched a weak sad horse struggle each day. In November, We decided it was time for TwoSocks to meet the vet who gave us much advice in caring for the horse we rescued from a sure death. TwoSocks did not even know what grass or hay was. Doug and Carla worked with him daily building his strength and his body back up. When Dr. John arrived that day I was at work. Doug and Carla were here to meet with him. We were surprised when the vet praised our efforts and said that TwoSocks was healthy. Now we just needed to continue with his diet and help him gain more weight.
I cried with they told me the vet was happy with TwoSocks improvements. We finally made him understand what hay was and he enjoys much hay today. Today TwoSocks enjoys much in his life. Each day is another day of miracles for him.
Today TwoSocks knows he is well loved. He is always eager when he sees one of us come out to the fence. For awhile after we brought him home he was afraid of men. But Doug with his kind gentle ways finally won him over and now Doug can walk out and open the paddock door and TwoSocks will follow him anywhere without a lead Rope. To see how happy and healthy he is today from that fateful day almost 7 months ago is amazing in itself.
TwoSocks has not only proven that with love and courage you can defeat the odds but he also taught me that even through the bad times there is always goodness and beauty lurking beneath.
Things that can be used in the care of Horses - Horse Care
The Beauty and Grace of a Horse Called TwoSocks
How He Overcame The Odds
For the past 7 months I have watched a sad, weak Horse overcome such severe odds. When he first came with us I worried each day that I would wake to find him gone from this world. I can truly say that with love and care the odds were beaten. TwoSocks did not know what treats were nor had he been played with or given extra attention. When he came to live with us, for the first couple weeks things were rough as My Horse Miss Tee did not like sharing. But once things settled down, they became good friends. Carla and Doug would go out every day 2, 3 sometimes as much as 6 or 7 times a day to work with TwoSocks.
We would saddle Miss Tee up and then put TwoSocks on a lead rope and we would take them for leisurely walks to build his strength. He had not had his shots or any medical attentions that we could find out anything on. So when Dr John came out in November, He gave TwoSocks a complete workup. We found that he had a large sore on his tongue from a bit. Well as I hate those bit bridles I refused to put any of my Horses in a bit bridle. So, Carla started working withy Tee and had her changed and used to a Side Pull bridle within two weeks.
About a month ago we decided to try TwoSocks under a saddle with permission from the Vet. We were told to not put too much weight upon him the first few times, but to work him up slowly. So, as Doug is the lightest of us all, we put him on. TwoSocks absolutely loved it. He pranced and it was so joyful to watch. I dont know about most Horse Lovers but I can tell when my Horses are happy and when they aren't. I could see by the look of his black eyes he was happy. Horses enjoy being with people.
We tried giving TwoSocks apples and he wouldnt have no part of them. He had been given potato chips for a snack. The Vet said it was alright and would not hurt him so we were careful not to give him alot. Well about two weeks ago I was out giving the horses treats and I offered TwoSocks a small sliver of apple. He actually took it from me and ate it. I was so very excited. He ate 5 more slivers before he was finished.
Doug and Carla has really done alot of work with the horse. Carla has been around Horses all her life and has much more knowledge about them than I do. TwoSocks has become a very big part of our Family. How people can be so cruel as to starve an animal down so bad is something I just cannot comprehend. I dont have a rescue farm as I dont have enough room for but just a few Horses. But I will say that if you cannot care for your Horse, then please find someone who can? Because even though dogs have been a close companion to Man, Horses have been the loyalist companions known to be along side Man. All through out History Horses have been there for Man. So take care and give them the care they deserve. Care, not Cruelty.
Update on Twosocks
TwoSocks Runs with the Angels
As I sit here with still a heavy heart, I must inform everyone that we lost Twosocks on early June to colic. He passed on with my youngest daughter and Carla sitting with him throughout the night trying to get him to stand. The vet was called and he said the only way to help him was get him on his feet. We tried. The vet said that the heat was too much for him. But I do know that his last breath was taken with him not alone but with those who loved and cared for him each and every day. Still today when I think of that big beautiful horse it is with fond memories. Then I tear up and cry all over again. My youngest daughter is very special and she tells me every day that Twooy is watching over her when she sleeps to keep her from harm. TwoSocks is forevermore in our hearts, our memories and we love him still. Run Free TwoSocks!
Life after TwoSocks
It has been almost two years since Twosocks passed from us. He is still missed and loved. Never forgotten always remembered. Today he runs the Heavens. I heard a song the other day and it reminded me of him. It was called Horses in Heaven by Terry Fator. An absolutely beautiful song that talks about a boy who is dying of cancer. He was asked what he wanted for his seventh birthday and all he would say is "Are there Horses in Heaven?" It goes on to talk of him getting worse and as he ends up in the hospital dying, He asked his friend the question again. Are there Horses in Heaven?" Well right before the boys birthday he passes on and the young friends Mother tells him that his friend has passed. He told her"Mom I know, he talked to me last night, and guess what Mom, He says there are Horses in heaven!"
It touched my heart. It reminded me of TwoSocks and all the children in Heaven that are with horses and TwoSocks is running with the children and with the Angels. He is forevermore Happy.