my best friend lucky.

by Joseph Zak
(brookston Mn)

Hi I'm writing this in memory of a horse named Lucky.
See I live in a adult foster care home, we have horses for riding and therapy. I have been here now for the last 10 years. We got Lucky 9 years ago. Sadly she had two be put down because she got colic, and we were not able to pull her out of it. That was 2 1/2 years ago. It's a hard thing to take about for me to this day. Many out of all of the people here knew her, she only treated me 100% of the time.

She was rescued when she was about 3 and she was about 6 when we got her. We were told that she was rescued at 3 years old. She was in with a large herd of horses, all of them were very underweight. Plus her jaw had been broken and not taken care of.

Sadly that was not the end of her bad luck. When she was being fattened up she had a bad accident. She sliced her side badly on a hay spur on a bobcat putting out food. She healed up fine. But you could see where she was cut.
Then we almost lost her we went out to check on the horses in the morning all of the horses were down at the barn. When I went into the paddock I saw that Lucky wasn't acting right, I went out to get a better look. That's when I saw a stick sticking out of her forehead. Like a unicorn. I hailed 'get me a halter and lean rope, and don't ask just call the vet now'. It ended up to have slid along the side of the scull. But on top of the injury she was in shock, it must have happened after we let them out for the night, the vet said. She came out of it fine. But enough about injuries.

What made her so special was the time bond we had, or was it I was the first real for-life owner she thought of me.
But the biggest thing I want to say is how gentle she was with this person who was in a wheelchair. To lay down on her back so we could swing his leg over her neck. Same to get him off.

Well I've been writing, I have been caring thinking of what to write about Lucky. She touched many people, but I will have to say she touched me the most.

Tribute from Joe, and all of us how loved you. Lucky/Pepper Pearly Rose 3/28/1998 - 12/30/13.

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Dec 13, 2015
We miss you, Joe. NEW
by: Scott

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Dec 13, 2015
We miss you, Joe. NEW
by: Scott

If you want to come back but you're nervous about calling WB, call my cell phone. I will do all I can to help you get back. 218/341-6164. Everyone is worried sick so at least let us know if you are okay.

Nov 28, 2015
The healing power of horses
by: Gabrielle

That's a beautiful tribute Joe. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about Lucky, she sounds like she was a wonderful horse. To have come through all of those injuries and struggles, and still have so much to give is amazing.

We know from our own horses what an incredible awareness they have with people who are disabled or unwell, and with children also. They become so gentle, and their compassion is clear.

It's a great gift that you are able to have horses at your care home - they have so much to give us with their presence and wisdom.

Thank you again for sharing your story!

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