Magic is a ten year old white Arabian stallion. All his life He was abused and neglected. The day this picture was taken that stopped. No more! This picture was taken March 2007 by Theresa at the horse rescue farm where I work as a volunteer two days a week. Magic had been beaten with chains, ropes and 2x4's. Men could not get close to him. Even Theresa was cautious, he did not trust anyone. He was not mean or aggressive, only totally frightened. Theresa was concerned about his health, his feet were horrible, not sure of his teeth, he needed blood work and vaccinations but how? A couple of months later she had him drugged to calm him down, it did not work, the vet could not get close to him, what to do?
Finally, yesterday, April 9, 2008, a year later something had to be done. The vet arrived and after much discussion a plan of action was decided. The vet went out with an air rifle and darted him twice from a distance to calm him down. After a few minutes Magic calmed down and Theresa went up to him and placed a shot/drug into a vein that quickly knocked him completely out and down he went. He was alert, did well but did not even twitch.
The vet immediately examined his teeth, ground down some sharp edges, took blood, gave him his shots and Theresa groomed his mane & tail which were heavily knotted. Me, I am the one with the cowboy hat. I took some pictures and also helped with the grooming. Ola, the farrier, an excellent one at that, a 26 year old young lady, did his feet. She is one of the best farriers I have ever met. Definitely the prettiest!
You would think that after a year of great care Magic would have relaxed and learned to trust us. But no. His memories were too strong and he was not going to risk being beat or abused anymore. Horses do not forget. As a result, for his well being the extreme measures had to be taken. By the way, Magic recovered well. He will still be somewhat groggy today.
I have a question for you reader. Are you having any trust issues? What is in your background of memories? How do you relate to all of those around you? Maybe you even have had physical abuse, get help. Poor Magic, he had no way of knowing a year ago that the physical abuse was over, he cannot reason that. You can reason, get that help I mentioned. Learn to trust in Christ and seek His guidance. Find a Christian counselor, maybe a pastor. Find Christian friends - who are you hanging around with? Christ will never use a 2x4 on you, He loves you and so do mama & I and we may never meet you! We are praying for you!