In Memory of my horse Moe

My Horse Moe In In memory of the most amazing horse I have ever known! His Name was Moe.
Sunday Morning Oct.19th I had to have my horse Moe put down. Last year he was diagnosed with Cushing’s. It is a symptom that some older horses get. I was treating him with an herb called Castle Berry, which helped slow down the Cushing’s but there is nothing that could cure it. Moe would have been 30 years old this year, which is a good old age for a horse to live. But it doesn’t do much to ease my broken heart.
Moe was a Mustang and he had so much personality. So I’m really not sure if I was Moe’s owner or he owned me. When I was with Moe he was my friend, my protector, my sidekick. Or maybe I was just Moe’s sidekick. Because so many people knew Moe, and many times when I would run into these people, there first question would be? How’s Moe. Several years ago Moe and I use to live close to a campground. We always stopped there to take a break and if there were any children there, Moe would always delight them with a ride on his back. And such the gentle giant he would be, as I lead him around with those little ones on his back. Each time as we would ride into the campground I would hear the children howling, here Comes Moe! I don’t think they ever knew my name.
At times Moe could be a little on the suborn side. Once I remember he wouldn’t let me catch him in the pasture. He would almost let me  get to him and then he would turn and playfully run and buck away from me. I swear I think he was laughing at me. After awhile I gave up and went to get some grain, to bribe him with. I came back just in time to see my three little granddaughters tear out running across the pasture straight at Moe, as he stood there perfectly still and even put his big head down for them to pet him. (As I got closer and looked into his eyes, I knew he was smiling and laughing at me)        
Moe was my brave big boy, my Buddy and I loved him and I believe he loved me. Never once while I was on his back was I ever afraid. No situation ever frightened him, nothing ever spooked him. If he were ever confronted with anything he would just slow his steps and evaluate the situation very curiously and ease on. Once a group of us were riding together and we came upon some Emu’s in a pen. Every horse in the group spooked and wanted nothing to do with the large birds. Except Moe, Curious Moe had to walk right up to the fence and smell those strange looking animals. The end result was Moe and I had to lead each horse and rider, one at a time past the Emu’s…..
He was so independent and always wanted to be in the lead of the other horses we rode with. He was more of a leader, not a follower. Many times I would worriedly go looking for him when he wasn’t with the rest of the herd, only to find him just doing his own thing alone. Often I saw him befriend a new horse in the herd. He would protect that horse until the other accepted it. My hours spent watching Moe interact with other horses honestly taught me lessons on how to have my own independence.  ….
Sometimes I would camp out in the same pasture that Moe was in. In the morning Moe would always be there waiting for me to wake up. Then as soon as breakfast was cooked he would be beside me waiting for his share of my biscuits or toast. (It didn’t really matter which one as long as it had strawberry jelly smeared on it.)    ….
The last few years whenever I would ride Moe I would take into consideration his age. So I would let him go at his own pace, mostly slow and easy. So many times when he looked tired I would take him back to the pasture and turn him out. And I can’t count how many times after I turned him out that I watched him go running and bucking across that pasture with a burst of energy, and once again I just knew he was smiling and laughing at me…..
 I have so many wonderful memories that I could fill a whole book about Moe. He was a Hugh part of my life.
In memory of My Moe
Thank you for all the special lessons you taught me, I will never forget them. I will never forget you. Our place is now empty without your presence…I miss your friendly face.   
I held your head in my hands in your last moments and removed your halter. I knew I had to set you free from the pain you were in. You closed your big brown eyes and relaxed and if you had just fell asleep. My heart was breaking my old friend but I knew it was your time to go. We had always kept each other safe and I knew there was no other way, I had to make your pain go away…..
I’m not sure there is a horse heaven, but I truly want to think so, as I try to picture you now in a lushes green pasture and you’re running and bucking and happy and free. And yes I know you’re smiling and laughing down at me. Goodbye dear friend, I love you so!!!! ….


11 Responses so far »

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    Sheron Kirby said,

    Thanks for your wonderful story about your sweet Friend and dear companion. I lost a friend last October and she was a paint Saddle horse and so wonderful.
    We had many wonderful trail rides and exciting down hill rides. Her name was Ms Daisy and my memories keep me going.Thanks for sharing your love story with us.

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      tncountrygal said,

      Thank you for reading about my Moe. You understand about that bond that never ends even after their gone. Maybe one day I will find another horse, but never one to replace my Moe. I’m sorry to hear that you lost your friend Ms Daisy and it is so wonderful that you have those wonderful memories to hold onto. The bond we have with our horse is so special. When we climb on to their back a trust if formed like no other. I also have my precious memory’s to keep me going. Thanks again for sharing. Trena

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    Hi Gal What a story about your horse Moe it was so heart warming. I’ve had a love affair with horses since I was little and have had some special ones that truly left hoofprints on my heart. I have a little quarter horse mare now, her name is Dolly & she is a sweetheart,is a real stress reliever. Thanks for such a heart warming story about Moe. I like to think in my not so logical mind that horses go to a better place too and they watch over us thanks again Naomi

    • 4

      tncountrygal said,

      I still miss my Moe daily, he was a good friend! When I take on the care for a animal they become my family! Your Dolly sounds like she has became part of your family and your friend! It’s great to meet people that understand that bond.

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    Candy Evans said,

    Hi Trena, Oh my gosh I am sobbing, what a BEAUTIFUL horse with such loving eyes. I am sooo sorry for your loss it is so traumatic to loose an animal, to me they are like angels because they give so much to us.

    I just lost my liittle doggie of 17 years Jan 30,2009, if you would like to see her you can go to my space at the link above. Also in my blog I wrote about her. I am still not over it.

    When my kids were young we had horse and my youngest daughter has 3 right now.

    My love to you,
    Candy =^..^=

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    Libby Sullivan Austin said,

    No doubt about it, I think that Moe was the greatest horse ever. Trena you are so dead on when you are describing him and his antics. Remember how much he loved beer? Thank you so much for making the last years of his life so happy and good. Because of you he was able to continue being around his favorite type of people. (Children) I wish my kids had been able to meet him. Will remember him always.

    • 7

      tncountrygal said,

      Hi Libby, Thank you so much for your wonderful memories of Moe. Moe also drink Mt. Dew and if I was riding him and opened a Mt. Dew he would stop and look back at me. He would then refuse to walk until I reached down and gave him a sip. So I always had to carry two Mt. Dews in my saddle bags, one for me and one for Moe.
      Moe was so wonderful with the children, I wish your boys would have knew him to. Moe wasn’t your average horse he was more, and I know that you know what I mean. Let me tell anyone that is following my Moe story, Libby’s Father use to own Moe. She rode him and she knews him as well as I did. We loved the big Moe!

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    Susan Seago said,

    I had the pleasure of knowing Moe and Trena. He was a trustworthy friend and enjoyed Trenas steadfast care for years.

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      tncountrygal said,

      Thank you! Your kind words mean a lot to me coming from such a wonderful horsewomen, who I admire for the special care you give your horses. I hope to visit your horse ranch in the near future. Your new web site is great.

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      tncountrygal said,

      Thank you so very much for posting a link to my story about Moe. It did my heart so good to know that Moe is still touching hearts and people are still learning his name. It feels like he is still living on even if it’s only in memories. Thank You again from Moe’s side kick. Trena

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