Being the eldest horse in the barn, I’ve seen quite a few things in my lifetime and what some of the youngsters in this barn don’t realize is how bad it can be for a horse out there. When I was a young two year old my family simply disappeared and left me out in the snow and cold with no food or blankets to keep me warm. I was scared, hungry and very cold. Luckily, a nice lady spotted me during a fierce snowstorm and took me home with her until she could find me a forever home. A few years later I was fortunate enough to find my special person who has taken care of me for my whole life. I’m one of the privileged horses who found someone to love them.
I will confess to being a tad bit assertive over the years with whatever herd I was a member of but I had my reasons. After the bad start I had in life I vowed to never be cold, hungry or frightened ever again so I had to let them all know I was the leader and got my food first. Likewise, coming into the warm barn first was a priority. My person has been very understanding about my quirks and she loves me as much as I love her so we get along just fine.
As for my Christmas Wish, I don’t have a single thing to ask for this year. I already have more than I could have hoped for. I’ve got everything I need, and I wouldn’t dream of asking for more.
But, Santa, we both know there are a lot of horses out there who haven’t been as lucky. So if I can ask you for anything this year, it’s that you take care of them. There is a stack of our old blankets in the shed, and it would be my Christmas wish to see them go to a rescue where less-fortunate horses might enjoy them. I’ll leave my person a little note tacked to the door after I finish this letter. My greatest wish would be that anyone who has extra stuff around their barn would also donate it to the horses who need a little extra love and warmth at this wintry time of year.