Today Wednesday I went back to the Horse Rescue farm. The two pictures posted were taken last year when I was there - but today I was anxious to see how Magic is doing. He is doing okay - better. But he still clings to his memories. Magic a beautiful 12 year old Arabian Stallion still fears and has little trust of humans. Theresa the manager he trusts - she has never hurt him.
When Magic arrived at the farm in 2007 he was petrified. Not mean, not aggressive, but in a survival mode. He was physically scarred from beatings he had with 2x4's, chains, ropes and leather straps - terrified of humans.
The picture below is of Magic after he was sedated with a dart gun so that we could clean him up, trim his feet, give him shots and do dental work. I am the one in the tan shirt and white hat. I was in charge of the video camera.
Today, a year later I approached Magic from outside the fence - he backed away from the fence and wheezed nervously - staying out of reach - yes, his memories of pain from years past are still there. Even though I have no intentions of hurting him, his memories take charge.
It is a sad day for all of us if we let our bad memories take charge of our future. We need to learn to trust, we need to learn to risk love.
Theresa would never allow anyone to hurt Magic, yet he only trusts a very little. He does not understand that he is now in a safe place, sheltered by the love at Beauty's Haven farm.
Oh Magic - what you are missing - how sad.