I would like to introduce you to Thomas, our newest resident on our farm. We have one more on the way and I then I cannot squeeze in another resident at this time! Thomas is beautiful, stunning, gorgeous – you can pick your superlative and it would apply. Thomas arrived in the middle of one of our dental days a couple of weeks ago. Jason, myself, Amy, the dentist, my dad – we all just crowded ourselves around his stall door and admired him for a few minutes. I have yet to take a picture of Thomas that comes even remotely close to capturing his beautiful self, not one of the pictures in this post comes even close to showing what he looks like when you see him in person.
Thomas has one of the most gorgeous necks I’ve ever seen on a horse, and it is attached to a really pretty head. Thomas is a Holsteiner that was imported from Germany as a three year old. Unfortunately he has made his way to our farm needing to be fully retired at the age of seven. His owner deserves a medal and a lot of recognition for her commitment to Thomas.
Look at that lovely neck
His lovely, uphill canter
Thomas certainly does not mind being retired
The cutest part of his face is his white bottom lip which you can’t really see in pictures
Striking a pose for me
Having a “meet and greet” session with Leo and Trigger
Having been through the ups and downs with diagnosis, treatment, more diagnoses and treatment, and ultimately retirement, I can fully relate to what she has been through. However I cannot imagine finding myself in that situation after having only owned the horse for a few weeks! I don’t think her situation could be any more heartbreaking or frustrating. She only enjoyed her lovely new horse for a few weeks before starting her roller coaster journey that led to retirement a year later.
Grazing with his new friends
Talk about having to truly sacrifice and accept a rotten situation. She has a beautiful, athletic, talented horse that she basically never had the opportunity to really ride. I am continually amazed by her graciousness and generosity of spirit when I communicate with her about Thomas. From the first day she contacted me she has never once complained or said anything negative about how things turned out for her and Thomas. I’ll be honest, if I ended up with a young retiree without ever really having had the chance to ride and enjoy my horse, I would be an expert at feeling sorry for myself and complaining often and loudly to anyone who would listen. There are not adequate words to express how much she has impressed me as I learned more and more about her journey with Thomas.
Grazing nose to nose with Trigger
Please join me in welcoming Thomas and recognizing his amazing owner for making such hard choices for her horse. She certainly deserved a lot of recognition for her handling of the situation. She has absolutely earned my respect. The saying of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure definitely applies to this situation as we are thrilled to welcome Thomas to our family!