This handsome fellow joined our herd in 2020. He “belongs” to friend Kelly Painter but lives here at Ravenheart. He is an ex race horse/Thoroughbred named Mr. Sirrocco. In November of 2017 I looked out to see this handsome guy visiting with my herd over the fence. I went out and saw that is right foot was dripping blood. I put him in the paddock and doctored him up and then went about trying to find his owner. Turns out he was being tried out by neighbours but had escaped, thus the wire cut. After 3 weeks or so he went back to his original owner and at the time he wasn’t ready to sell him. In the meantime Kelly had come to visit him and thought it was the right time to buy a horse. He’s a “saddle horse” as the owner says and is a real gentleman. Mystic was the first to befriend him.
I wrote this little piece the day he left:
Red Horse Wisdom – Nov. 19, 2017
“If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you it is yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.” Thank you Sirrocco. I loved meeting and caring for you. You are an incredible horse. Wise, gentle, respectful, independent and strong. I wish you a good and gentle life. May you be treated kindly and with love and respect. May all your needs be met…for friendship, nutrition, comfort, and care. You are always welcome here. Come back if it is meant to be. Kelly will provide you with wonderful care if it is to be. I loved being in your presence. Grace and strength combined. Our hearts will be forever linked.
“You didn’t leave without a fight. You expressed your displeasure as best as you could. You were dignified and brave, solid and careful. You took care of your young and inexperienced rider, but gave him a taste of your power and presence. I am sure he won’t forget you either and the thrill of your power and speed. The horses didn’t call to you as you left. You didn’t call to them. They didn’t race down the fence line to follow you as you rode down the driveway. Red Horse Wisdom…all horse wisdom. The mystery of the equine connection to our hearts. So much love here.
Note; a post from 2017 – Feeling torn today. Red Horse, whose name is actually Mr. Sirrocco, may leave today to return to his original owner. He is contained right now in our small paddock and has had his morning feed bowl along with the other horses, who are on the other side of the fence. He chose not to load on the trailer yesterday, and we didn’t pressure him. When I put him back in the paddock, he did a jump for joy. Into the hands of the Universe it goes.