“It took a second in time to realize the connection was infinite”.
Our story starts in a dream: I told my friend Carin several times within a few weeks, “I see a Red and White Paint coming to the rescue”. She said well it’s baby time it just may. Carin was my best friend and began 3 Sisters Equine rescue with Cyndi Davis. Together they had one thought, help those animals that can’t help themselves. Lance, Carin’s horse, started their entire mission and the journey to rescue more.
One fine summer day, I walked through my paddock, looked up and our eyes met across the field. I said, hey I know you my sweet girl, and she seemed to say the same back to me. She was red / white and beautiful. I slowly meandered towards her and she began a to walk towards me. Her eyes were soft her head was low and she came into my space. We connected as though we’ve known each other all along. With every caress I passed along her face she softened and with each step I took, she followed. I could feel that her soul was kind and her heart was broken. Together we melted into each other.
After a better part of an hour petting scratching and rubbing Sierra, I texted Carin. “Who the hell is that red and white horse? She came from my dreams!” She Say’s Oh, that’s just Sierra. She’s from the rescue, and she kind of dismissed my enthusiasm. Then I really laid on my inquisition and obvious interest. “ Where’d she come from?, how did she get here? what’s her story?” I wanted to know everything.
Carin unfolded all the she knew. If I remember correctly; 3 Sister’s rescue rescued Sierra and her brother or another horse from the Slaughter Camp. (I thought, “How could a horse this beautiful, flashy and graceful be thrown away??????”) Carin didn’t have any history on her. After they were rescued she and her brother went off into natural horsemanship training. Her brother responded quickly to the instruction and was adopted shortly after. Carin told me, Sierra on the other hand was tricky to say the least. She was beyond sensitive, erratic, unpredictable, and distrusting. Sierra seemed to live in a house fear and resentment. The trainers didn’t know if she had a nerve, leg injury, or back issue, or if she was just really smart and learned how to get out of things that she was afraid of. Sierra was a big “puzzle”? At this point, I believe she was almost un-adoptable.
My guess is that she was bred to be a performance horse then something dramatic happened to her and she was not able to do what was demanded of her, so someone threw her away.
This new information that Carin told me about Sierra, the gorgeous, sweet, soft, kind horse I just met was so surprising. When Sierra and I instantly saw each other we, without hesitation, came together. This made me think, “hmmmm there must definitely be some weird out of worldly thing between us.” “How could Sierra be so trusting of me and not with all the professionals??”
Adopting a horse is not always an easy decision. I imagine it’s much in the same as would be adopting a child. This child you are considering to adopt will take tons of your time. It will incur daycare bills (boarding), food expenses, annual doctor visits (vet), medical attention (injuries), chiropractors, education (training), and lots of parent headaches of not understanding what your kid is thinking or doing (crazy / dangerous horse moments). Above all the negative and all that it takes to adopt, nothing comes close to the unconditional love that is shared between you and it is worth every dollar and heartache you can muster. Unconditional love is priceless and it can heal the world or at least one horse and human.
Because of not wanting to rush into adopting Sierra, we took our time getting to know each other. Carin saw our bond grow and was in belief that Sierra was meant for me. With 3 sisters support and help, I decided to adopt Sierra.
No matter what’s going on in my world when I see her all my stresses go away. Today, when I work with her in the round pen she needs no lines, she feels what I ask and is sweetly responsive. One day I may ride her, or I may not, either way I’m fine with just loving her and her loving me in return.
The special bond and connection that Sierra and I have is priceless.