Because so many people have asked what happened, and because we
hope our experience will stop anyone from putting a stallion in a corral panel
pen (if possible), I'll share the story so I don't have to relive it by retyping
it so often.
You see, one and one half days before he died, we built that fence out of
round-pen panels to house him temporarily until we could put up a welded
pipe fence at our new property. Since we had just sold our old
property, we had to move to a location that was not set up for horses.
When Thomas (my helper this summer) was working on that EXACT SAME JOINT in the fence, I
looked up and saw him and had an immediate feeling of impending doom. I
looked around at other things, thinking something was wrong, and the
feeling went away. But when I looked back at that point where the two
panels came together that he was securing, I just felt sick at my
stomach. After going down and looking everything over, I dismissed it and
went on to working on the fence and building.
Just about 36 hours later,
I found Hootie hanging upside down from that joint between two corral
panels by a broken leg. It was horrible, and made worse by the fact that
the insurance company wouldn't let us put him down until a vet could come,
inspect him, and then call them with his recommendation. Thank goodness
our vet understood. He drove....well....over the speed limit.......to
come to Hootie's aid and end his suffering.
So although I miss him horribly, I do feel that God was sharing
with me that we were going to lose Hootie through this sign a day and a
half in advance. The Bible tells us that we are given signs, but we
often do not recognize them. I'm thankful to have had this sign,
because I know that there is a reason for Hootie leaving us. It may
be a while coming yet, but I feel that it is the Plan for us to begin
again with another stallion, or to quit and enjoy our horses in a
different manner. My belief in this has sure made this a great deal
easier to bear.