Time sure flies here on the farm and sometimes it seems impossible to retrace my steps to an event or moment gone by, yet some stories need and want to be told, no matter when we tell them.
I wanted to write about Billy the moment I met him. Billy is a rare beauty inside and out and while I love beautiful horses as much as any I felt I needed to know who Billy is to determine just how “beautiful” he really is.
His former owner loved him and was almost tearful telling me of Billy’s life and how not even an offer of over $5000 mattered to him as much as finding Billy the life he would love and deserve. Of course we knew we could help, we knew that Billy would easily find something because thanks to social media we are all so much better connected. Billy is not only beautiful, he has perfect health, a quiet good manner and is friendly and easy going…even in a herd of not so friendly friends. Billy quickly and easily fit in here and as we handled him day to day we realized that whoever gets Billy will be so lucky, he really is all that his human Dad said he is…a really good boy. Billy is sound, strong, only 15yr, never been sick, willing, responsive and alert and while he has worked in NYC for a lot of his life, he likes farms better, his owner is sure of it.
When we hear about good strong horses needing a family or home or job of some kind we reach out to our friends at Draft Animal Power Network, a growing community of horse- (animal) powered farmers, loggers and homesteaders. It didn’t long before our friend Erica Marzak found something perfect for Billy.
Billy’s new family came down over the week-end and stayed for two days making sure they could bond with him and get to know him a bit more.
The farm where he has gone to also has another working horse. Annie, the Belgian, has been working alongside her friends for quite some time now and does all kinds of jobs on the farm but the time had come to get her a helper too. As I write this I am hoping the Annie and Billy are becoming great friends and that they grow to know each other so well that it comforts and gives them what they deserve in companionship and natural connection. Billy’s new home is Helios Horsepower Farm, Certified Organic Vegetables and he makes up half that horse power now as he arrives to help Annie and together they help their new human family have an inspired, restorative and sustainable lifestyle that can hold them all.
Please support the retired and disabled and homeless working horses that live that Blue Star. Horses like Billy and Bill are friends and their kind are ancient friends to us all. Help us show the gratitude and respect and love we all want for them!
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