|Beautiful Missy in the spring.|
But that’s just the beginning of Missy’s story as a member of our family. We've owned her for almost 8 years now and she has certainly earned a permanent place in our pastures. Eventually, Katelynn moved on to another horse and now is off to college. Our youngest took her turn learning on Missy and is also now riding other horses. Missy has taught both of my daughters and several of their friends and even Daddy, how to ride. She’s had a couple of beautiful foals for us. She’s been in parades and given “pony” rides at petting zoos. She’s been climbed on and doubled on and taken swimming. She’s gone camping with us and taken all of us on many wonderful trail rides. And you know, she never did grow back her woolly mammoth coat of hair. I guess in the mild Arkansas winters, she just doesn’t need it. She was big and ugly the day we got her but her true beauty, both inside and out, was just waiting to be discovered. She was a diamond in the rough that turned into a gem - a shining jewel of a perfect first horse. I can’t count the number of times people have said to us, “That horse is worth her weight in gold!” And we all agree wholeheartedly! Thank you, Missy, for just being you. No other horse will shine so bright in our memories for years to come.
|Kate and Missy at their first horse show, the 2004 Pope County Fair|
|Kate and Bailey Miller riding Missy at a Wrangler's 4H Club playday.|
|Kate on Missy at the County Fair.|
|Missy, standing perfectly square and perfectly still while six year old|
ClaireAnna dismounts for the Goat Undecorating class at the county fair.
|Missy and ClaireAnna a few years later at a barrel clinic. |
Missy wasn't very bendy, but she tried her best!
I wrote this essay about Missy a couple of years ago, but never published it. Today, we are laying Missy to rest, after three years of COPD. She's come to a point where her quality of life is low and we don't want her to suffer any longer. We are so sad to say goodbye to her. And so grateful to have been blessed by her for so many years.
Run free, dear Missy!
We will always love you.