1,000 Smiles | Day 13 | Mayday – Horse Rescue | Deborah Peters
Meet “Mayday”; such an appropriate name for her. Mayday was my friend Jerry’s rescue horse.
She’s about a year old…her story isn’t a smile..well, didn’t start out as one. This horse rescue came from one of those owners that truly didn’t have the funds or ability to take care of the many horses she owned…but she believed she was their protector and guardian. I don’t understand how one’s obsession for this kind of possession could override their common sense. So when Jerry discovered 30 some horses on the acre she lived on…
the horses were so neglected in care, only the young ones could be saved in the horse rescue – Mayday was one of them, Jerry named her that.
For the first months of her life, Mayday was kept in a stall, unable to move or run free. Starving, and in need of vet care – her feet needed trimming and horse shoes – they were so overgrown she couldn’t stand so her back quarters never developed properly. It makes me angry. Not smiley.
So on to the smiles! Jerry brought Mayday home and immediately attended to all her needs. Our first meeting was love at first sight. Maybe she liked that I was a female or the sound of my voice…but all I know is every time I came to see her, Mayday would find the strength to stand up and walk to me. Daily I’d visit and talk to her, she’d fall into a slumber just getting her head and mane stroked. Before I knew it, I was bringing apples and soon learned horses LOVE Fig Newtons too! She was and is an absolute sweetheart. I get a lump in my throat thinking back to her.
Where is Mayday now? Jerry eventually found a home with a young little girl who could give her the attention and love she needed – more than he even could. The family understood she’d never be able to ride but that was more than ok, Mayday was loved and found a “forever home” with devoted love and attention. I miss her greatly, if I’d had the means – I would have taken her myself. Jerry sent me this photo recently, he knows I love to paint horses. What do you think, I see a great future painting? Had to share this memorable smile with you. Now Mayday can run with her heart lifted. Smile.