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My name is Cheyenne

I would like to tell everyone the story of my life so that maybe it will help to prevent other horses like me from having all of the hard times and more of the Good Life.

In August of this year I will be 44 years old and I have had a very long life for a horse and for that I can thank my good friends that have shown me true love.

Forty-three years ago I was born in the hot desert out west on land owned by the government and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  When I was just two years old I was captured in a roundup and moved to a long term housing ranch in Oklahoma where there was beautiful grass and nice people to keep me healthy.  I lived there for several years and then I was placed up for adoption and was adopted by a lady that had a young daughter that wanted to compete in equine events.  I loved that little girl and I was so happy to have a home of my own and a little girl to play with.  They never told me that little girls don’t stay little forever.

My little girl and I competed in barrel racing and I had to work hard so she didn’t fall off as I ran real fast around those barrels and she received many beautiful ribbons for our playing together.  Then there were the times when we both were dressed up in real pretty clothes and paraded in front of crowds as she showed how well she could sit on my back as I pranced to make her stand out from the other little girls.

No one ever told me that little girls don’t stay little girls.  My little girl kept growing and as she grew she became heavier on my back but I never complained.  I loved that little girl and I would do anything to make her happy.

Then came the day when she came to me and told me she would be leaving me for a while as she went off to college so that she could could go into the Air Force and maybe fly in an airplane.  At first when she went to college she would come home often and we would play in the fields together.  Her mother would still take care of me and bring me my meals regular.  Then after a while her mother only came out for a couple minutes in the evenings to give me a little feed.  When she was with me she would be talking about how with the cost of college for my little girl that she was having a hard time being able to afford to feed and care for me.

I felt I should help my little girl in college so I would not eat as much and save some of my food for the next day to save her money.  Then her mother thought that since I was not eating as much that I didn’t really need as much since I wasn’t competing in sports anymore.

Then came the day that he mother decided that I would be better off out in the field and that I would have enough grass and there was water in the small pond to keep me happy.  It was not expected that the rains would cause flooding and the grass would not be there where I could eat it.  She probably didn’t know that the rain would cause my beautiful coat to get infected and my hair to fall out.  She probably didn’t know that the water and mud would make my feet get so soft that I wouldn’t be able to walk to the pond or what grass was there.  At least I will always believe that she just didn’t know that she was leaving me alone in a field where I would die a slow and painful death.

Then came the day that my stomach had so much sand in it that I could no longer digest any of the grass I could get to.  I had laid down in the mud expecting to never get up again.  But, a young man was driving by and he came out in the field to check on me.  He told me not to worry that he would call for help for me.  Then a short time later a Deputy Sheriff and a Doctor came into the field and the Doctor was checking over my body.  The Doctor said to save my life would take expensive surgery and I probably would not survive it anyway.  The the young man kept arguing with them and begged them to give me a chance and that he had a friend he wanted to call before they helped me to rest forever.  A few minutes later an old man came driving into the field pulling an old trailer and came up to me right away.  That old man lifted my head and placed his head on mine and he whispered in my ear that I did not need to be afraid.  He told me that he would take me to a place where they would make me well again.  Out of his truck I saw him getting ropes and stuff and a flat piece of wood that he put at the trailer right next to my head.  then he had the others help to get some straps under me that he hooked to those ropes.  He then brought a can with oil and poured that on that wood and on the floor of his old trailer.  I heard a funny sound and then I felt that rope pulling me into the trailer.

That old man then drove me to a place he called a hospital where a new Doctor came out and looked at me.  I heard that Doctor say that this horse is a mess and that I would need immediate surgery to remove that sand nd that the surgery would be very expensive.  That Doctor said that even if the sand was removed that it would take months before I would have any feet to stand or walk on again.  The Doctor said that the rain rot on my coat was the least of my problems.  The old man again lifted my head and asked me if I wanted to live with him and  I looked him right in his eyes and he understood that I was saying yes.  That old man handed the Doctor a small piece of plastic and told the Doctor that he would pay any amount to save my life.

After that a bunch of people came out and somehow they got me onto a table with wheels and I was taken inside the hospital where the next thing I knew I was laying on a dry comfortable bed with all kinds of things sticking out of my body and people standing all around.  I heard them talking and then that old man came in and said that he had a special place just for me where I could stand up without putting my weight on my feet while I grew new hooves.

For several months I was in this shelter where I could see outside and be around other horses that lived there and I was fed food three times a day and there was great fresh hay and nice cool fresh water.  That was when the old man introduced me to a younger horse named Herbie.  He told me that Herbie also lived there and Herbie told me that he would be with me forever and that I should never worry about anything.

My feet finally grew back and the hair of my coat came back and Herbie and the old man would walk with me every day to get my body back in shape. After a while I was back to feeling like I was a young horse again and life was really getting good.

Then one night Herbie and I were walking in the dark through the trees when Herbie spooked at the sound of a stranger in the trees.  All of a sudden I heard a bang noise and felt a terrible pain in my shoulder.  Herbie ran real fast to get the old man who came running and the old man pointed something and I heard another loud bang and then a scream from that stranger.  That old man real quick was off and came back and not long after that my favorite Doctor was there along with that Deputy Sheriff.  Then some other people came and they took that stranger away but the old man and the Doctor were busy with me.  They held me and got me to my stall and the Doctor gave me medicine and said I would be better.

As time went by the old man introduced me to many new people and I made a lot of friends.  One couple would drive all the way down here from Pa. to help trim my feet and brush my coat.

Now I am getting older and I cant get around as good but that old man and my favorite doctor tell me not to worry and that they have already been to college so they have no reason to ever leave me.  But, as I write this I want everyone to know that I may be old but there is still a lot of things for me to enjoy.  I love to stand next to my personal old man and munch on my food as he sits there drinking his coffee.  I love to stand under the big tree and watch the birds and squirrels as they play.  Most of all I love to watch as the two kids, Ogelita and Thor, chase each other and argue over who is getting the most food today.

I look back at the day that the little girl and her mother came by to see me they said.  But, the old man explained things to me.  What they came by for was that after several years that they thought that the old man should buy me from them.  I could hear them talking and that little girl told the old man that she would be willing to sell me to him for $400. and he told them that if they would pay him the money for the doctor bills that he would consider it but that they could get off his property and stay off.  While they were here, my best friend Herbie, who is smarter about people and who to trust than me, stayed between me and the little girl and her mother.  He said anyone who would mistreat me like they did should never be allowed to ever be near a trusting horse at any time.  Anyway, I have learned a lot from Herbie.  He said that there are some humans that will be your friend and family for your lifetime and there are some that only like you when you are young and they can brag about you.  He has explained to me that there are humans that only want a horse for as long as that horse makes them look good and then there are humans like our personal old man that just want to be our family forever.

So, after reading this, I hope that it will make you decide to be the family that your horse loves and wants to grow old with.  If you don’t want us to be your family forever then please let us find our very own old man that will be our family forever.

 

Thank you,

Cheyenne (The Wonder Horse)

 

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I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH

I have had many people ask and I have also wondered if our pets will be in Heaven with us. I have done the research I needed to reach my conclusion that Yes my animals will be with me. I offer this research now for you to read and decide for yourself. I am not an expert on religion, I am not a Biblical Scholar. I am just a man that has loved my animals and I never want to be separated from any of them.

                  

Do animals go to Heaven?

We love our pets and often consider them to be members of the family. One of the most poignant stories in the Bible is the parable the prophet Nathan told to King David. The prophet told the king of a poor man and his pet lamb. He said, “The poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him” (2 Samuel 12:3, NKJV). Because we love our pets, often the question “will they be with us in heaven?” arises. However, the Bible is silent on this question. It neither confirms it nor denies it. Yet there are some points we can consider.

God created everything—including animals—for His pleasure and His glory. The Bible says, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11, NKJV). Human beings were specifically created for God’s glory. “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him; yes, I have made him” (Isaiah 43:7, NKJV). But the Bible speaks of even inanimate objects, such as the sun, moon, and stars, praising God (see Psalm 148:3). Of course, we know these objects cannot praise God in the same way we humans can. However, they praise God by shining. By carrying out the role God planned for them, they glorify their Creator.

Although all of God’s creation is for His glory and pleasure, human beings alone were created in God’s image. Animals were made from the same dust as humans and have the breath of life in them as we do, but God made men and women in His own image and entrusted them with the responsibility of overseeing, protecting, and enjoying the rest of His creation. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;’ and it was so” (Genesis 1:26-30, NKJV). “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15, NKJV).

Because humans can reason, we are able to make intelligent and moral decisions; animals cannot. God did not create animals with the ability to choose right or wrong, to accept or reject salvation. Only humans were given this ability to reason.

Genesis 2:8-9 (NKJV), “And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”

God warned Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil—“for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17, NKJV). Only humans have the ability to make moral decisions for or against God.

  • “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NKJV)
  • Joshua 24:15 (ESV) And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

The plan of salvation is designed for human beings, not for animals. Since animals cannot reason and make moral decisions, they are not included in the salvation God has offered to humans. Jesus died to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21, NKJV). We are saved through our faith in Him. John 3:16 (KJV) says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should nor perish, but have everlasting life.” In order for one to be saved, one has to believe in Jesus. But animals cannot exercise saving faith in Jesus.

Will there be animals in heaven? Yes. God’s original creation has been subjected to degradation and decay through sin, but it will be restored as it was in the beginning. The apostle Paul wrote, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:20, 21, NKJV). Although our sins have destroyed ourselves and nature, God will restore both. Just as animals were part of God’s untainted, original creation, so they will be part of the world and life when He restores everything new—without the corruption of sin and death.

  • Isaiah 11:6, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” (This sounds as if we will have pets in heaven, does it not?)
  • Isaiah 11:7-9, “The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea”
  • Isaiah 65:25, “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.”

We must not insist that God order things according to our desires or understanding. Perhaps God may allow our beloved pets to be with us in heaven. Or He may choose to create a new pet for you. We must be willing to allow God to order things as He sees best—and trust that we will be happy with the situation in heaven. God says, “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17, NKJV).

We may not know all the details of what God is preparing for us in heaven, but we do know that it will be far beyond anything we can imagine. It’s in the Bible, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV).

The best advice is for us is to love our pets and enjoy them while they are here with us—and trust God in everything for the future. He sees and knows all, and nothing is too hard for Him to do. God knows how much we love our pets and how much they mean to us. The Bible doesn’t directly address whether our pets will be with us in heaven, but we do know that God loves us and wants us to be happy. The Bible says, “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11, NKJV). We can trust God that heaven will be a place filled with everything necessary for our happiness.

Jacob interacts with Horses

February 17, 2014


This is Jacob as he slowly has progressed to interacting with the horses and feeling safe and comfortable with two great therapy horses – Herbie and Ogelita.

Herbie Putting Steve at Ease

February 17, 2014


In working with families with autisim there first has to be interaction with the horse where the horse puts the whole family at ease. In this case here you will see how Herbie uses his love to relax everyone. Also, this is a horse that does not allow just anyone to touch him and is very independent.

Ogelita Plays Hard To Get

February 16, 2014


A lot of people think that it is only human men that have a hard time with a woman playing hard to get. But, you can see here that in the land of the horses that a young filly can drive a Mustang crazy when she plays hard to get. Herbie and Ogelita have been playing this game for years and Herbie just doesn’t realize that he doesn’t have a chance.

Rescued Horses at Work

February 6, 2014


This is six year old Caleb and a chance for you to see how our rescued horses are placed with children of Special Needs where both the horse and child have gotten a new lease on life.

Jillian Meets the Horses

February 6, 2014


A video of a young girl with Aspergers and her first visit to Green Acres

I found a Friend in Miami

February 6, 2014


The growth of our family of animals.

Sisi a dog that Shares

February 6, 2014


This is how the dogs and chickens live together here at my house.


Equine Talk Group on Facebook

For my friends on here that love horses the way I do then this is an invitation and link to a very fun Horse Lovers Group where we don’t argue, solicit money, we don’t allow bashing or complaining. We are here to enjoy the horses as responsible horse lovers really do in life.

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