Lighten Up!

Dawne Olson

Vermillion, United States

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This is my horse Jack. He was born at my farm while I was taking care of a neighbor’s mare and the mare rejected him. I stayed up nights keeping him alive with a bottle and my husband assured me I wasn’t going to get “jack shit” for all my efforts. So “JACK” was his name. Well, Jack the horse thinks he is human now (early imprinting and all that) and thinks he lives in our garage instead of our barn, opens gates and doors as easily as a human, and stares into the windows of our house at the most inopportune times.
You really can’t imagine what it is like to step out of the shower in the morning and see this big lug staring in the window at you! Worse yet, try explaining to your friends why your horse comes to the living room picture window and stares in at the t.v. while you are trying to watch a movie. The mail carrier isn’t afraid of my German Shepherd’s. He’s afraid of my horse who will come and stand right next to his door so he can’t even get out to deliver my mail!
He’s worthless as a horse. Everytime I try to ride him he is completely appalled and practically falls over trying to look at me up on his back. I suppose its my own fault. When he was a baby he was so much fun… pulling my clothes off the clothes line… chasing after my kids like a puppy dog… following them in the house after school…..
yes, Jack is a bad horse. But he sure did teach us that some of the best relationships are free of all those old expectations (like fences, and bridles, and the staying out of the neighbors orchard!)

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