Monthly Archives: July 2013
Two days ago, my knight in shining armor rode back into my life via a crappy, rented horse trailer. It’s hard to picture a hero riding in via a rusty, old trailer but that’s just what happened, believe it or not. It was at that moment, my life changed again.
It’d been 7 years since my hand touched the warm muzzle of a special black Arabian stallion and it had been 15 years since I had lost him (view the story by clicking here). When I found out that he would be entering my life again after all of this time, I couldn’t believe it was happening. Actually, I didn’t believe it until he was standing in the stall staring back at me. I couldn’t sleep, I could barely eat and I definitely couldn’t shut up about him. But, it wasn’t until my hand touched his warm muzzle again that I truly believed that it really did happen. My best friend, my savior, my love, was back.
When I first laid eyes on him again, it was very difficult. No matter how many times I played it out, I never thought that I would be hit with so much emotion. I knew it would be hard but I didn’t really comprehend just how hard. My heart and my memory pictured a beautiful blue-black horse that was fat, happy and healthy. What met me on Saturday was an old, greying, broken-down horse that appeared to be clinging to his last days on Earth. Where fat once was abundant, sharp bones protruded. Where large black eyes once looked back at me, a lifeless, hazy eye fought a battle with mucus. His face had lost large areas of pigment and instead of being solid black, it was now a grey and white spotted mess. If it hadn’t have been for the marking on his leg and the small spot on his forehead, I wouldn’t have recognized him. That realization was devastating. My best friend was old and wasn’t long for the world.
I haltered Knight and led him to the trailer, feeling joy and great sadness simultaneously. I felt happy to be leading my best friend to the horse trailer that would bring him back into my life. I felt sad for the owner that would be losing him after all of these years. He’d owned him for 15 years and I know that he loved him very much. I felt sadness for the old horse that limped behind me and I longed for the days when I had to tell him “easy” as we walked somewhere. Knight loaded up like a dream and we bid farewell to his owner.
He’s been with me for two days now. I know that he remembers me and he proves it by banging his door when he hears me talking. As I enter the stall, with halter in hand, he comes over to me and gets anxious for me to take him outside to eat grass. If I don’t move fast enough, he nudges his stall door with his nose saying, “Hey pal, let’s go!”. We walk through the pasture, side by side, best friends reunited.
Sometimes, we pause there in the field and we look over at each other. It seems like we are both in as much disbelief as the other. I reach my hand over to push over the mane that had always tried to part on the wrong side. My fingers touch the disobedient strands and Knight puts his head back down to eat the grass under him. Our moment passes and we both are comforted in knowing that we are right there together. Even though our bodies were apart for all of this time, I think our souls stayed entwined together.
People have said that I’m “admirable” or an “angel” for bringing Knight back home with me after all of this time, especially considering his health. I’m no hero. I’m simply a girl trying to repay a horse that saved her life countless times. With him around, I was able to fight through all of life’s struggles. It was because of him that I woke up each day. It was because of him that I stayed away from drugs. He was also the reason I laid down the pistol that would end my suffering. In the back of my mind, I thought that if I took my life, I wouldn’t end up in heaven where I knew my angel would be when he left the world. To say that he saved me is an understatement.
For whatever time that we may have remaining, we will find comfort in each other. We will walk through the field of grass, lit by the falling sun. Together we will fight, just as we’ve always done. Our remaining moments may not be substantial in the way that a clock ticks or in the way that one day is replaced by another. Our remaining moments aren’t for right now. They will last an eternity.
Try as you may, it’s impossible to get over one monumental moment in your life. You can ignore it and pretend that it doesn’t exist but somehow, it’s always there, in the back of your mind and weighing on your heart. They say that true love comes along but once. For me, it’s come along more than that. They say that there is one soul mate out there but for me, I know that there are more. Problem with all of this is that I just have to be different from “the norm” or “what’s supposed to be”.
Fifteen years ago, I lost my very best friend. While everyone is quick to imagine my best friend dying or moving away, my story is different. Fifteen years ago, my best friend was taken from me and he was sold while I was away visiting my mom.
Many of my readers are personal friends of mine, who know about my past and my childhood. But for each that knows my story, there is one that doesn’t. To sum it up, my childhood was terrible thanks to the pummeling fists and lashing words of my step-dad. When I was called a “stupid bitch” or I was punched, I’d gather my composure and I would run to the solace of my best friend. When I was recovering from surgery to repair my face after my step-dad kicked it in, I had a best friend that didn’t laugh at me when he saw me. He accepted me for who I was, just a girl. Together, we could do anything. He was my rock, my love and my everything. My best friend was a black Arabian stallion. While so many of my friends were dreaming of beautiful, galloping horses, I lived the dream. With him, I was indestructible. With him, I could pick myself up and ride off into the sunset.
For 13 years, I had my best friend by my side and then one day, he was gone. His disappearance was one of the cruelest things I’ve ever had to make it through. Hell, it was even worse than a broken face. Throw all the horrible words at me, smash my face into a bloody pulp, stab me in the back with a pitchfork… none of that was worse than losing my horse.
After I found out about my husband’s affair, I grabbed my son and I headed to visit my mom out-of-state. While I was gone, my ex decided that it was time to liquidate some assets and the first thing that he started with was my horse. MY HORSE. The horse that I had raised, the horse that I halter broke, that I broke to ride, that I trained and that I even went on to win at The American Royal with. I came home and my horse was gone. I called the Registry immediately and I told them that he had been stolen. I told them that I could prove that I was out-of-state and that I hadn’t signed any papers transferring him over. I begged to know the name of the person that bought him but they couldn’t tell me anything. Then they told me that because of how I had added my husband’s name to the registration papers, I had sealed my fate and everything was legal. Sadly, it was true.
Of course, my husband wasn’t forthcoming with any information on who bought my horse so I watched and waited for his ownership to be transferred. The minute that it happened, I searched for phone numbers so I could call the owner but I couldn’t get anywhere. All I had was a name, a name that haunted me every moment of every day. Years passed and I kept searching.
In 2005, 7 years after he was sold, I finally found a phone number for the man who purchased Knight. I played out the conversation in my mind a billion times and finally one day I called him. The man on the other end of the line was as nice as could be. He listened to my story and then he told me to “come on out and visit”. I loaded up and was there in an instant.
As I walked into the barn that day, the dust particles caught in the sun’s rays and they twinkled like stars. When the stall door slid open and I laid my eyes on him, I could see that he recognized me. When I leaned my hand out for him to smell me, he pushed away and walked past it, directly up to me. He looked me in the eye and in an instant, his neck stretched out and his head draped across my shoulder and he hugged me, just like he had done a billion times before.
Walking away from the barn that day was the hardest thing. His owner loved him and they were happy. I tried as hard as I could to be happy for them but I couldn’t. My heart ached.
All of these years have passed and I couldn’t forget about my beloved horse and the chunk of my heart that he took with him when he left. I thought of him often and told anyone that would listen just how amazing he was. Because no other horse could ever compare, I never owned another one. Nothing would ever be the same.
In January, all of that changed when a beautiful and obnoxious Arabian colt came into the world. It changed because I allowed it. When I heard that he was coming, I asked my mom if I could have him. The colt, was a great-grandson of my best pal. I told myself that a horse would be nice now and I promised myself that enjoying one would never mean that I loved Knight any less. The day the colt was born, I couldn’t believe it. Not only did he come out a stud but he was also black, just like his great-grandfather. He was perfect.
We picked Ziggy up on a rainy day in May. From the moment my hand touched him, I knew that my life would never be the same. It was like Knight came back to me. The feeling was mutual and we bonded instantly. While life is insane and incredibly hectic now, it is finally complete. That was, until today.
Out of nowhere, I got a call today from Knight’s current owner. He said that he needed to find a home for him and he thought that I would be a good fit. He said “come get him”. What? What just happened? Is this some type of joke? I said, “He’s still alive?”. It’s all I could think to say. For the whole conversation, I was in shock. What? After all these years, he can come home to me?
When I hung up the phone, I was still in shock. And then, it hit me like Hurricane Katrina. I was devastated. How could something that I dreamed of and longed for cause me so much pain? How could the thought of being reunited with my best friend be anything but joyous? And then, the tears came. Sobs that shook my body and made my hands tremble and my knees give way when I tried to stand.
After 15 years away, my boy can come home to me? What for? To die? He’s 28 and not in the best of health… so what the hell am I doing by agreeing to pick him up?
I have to take deep breaths and slowly count to 10… and then 1,000.
Yes, I am bringing him home with me. Yes, I’m bringing him home to die. Yes, we don’t have much time. But more importantly, yes, my best friend is coming home. After all, it’s the way it always should have been.
To every girl that waits for her “Knight in Shining Armour”, keep the dream alive. I had given up but now, my “Knight” is coming home. Hang in there SG Black Knight. We’ll be together before we know it. Our story will have the ending that it was always meant to have. We began our lives together and so we shall now end it that way. Our final chapter has only begun…
To see photos of our reunion, visit: http://www.fixyourimages.com/the-heart-doesnt-forget-sg-black-knight-returns-to-his-best-friend-a-tale-of-an-unstoppable-love-bond-between-owner-horse/#comment-165