Uprooted Magnolia

Goodbye Golden Palamino: Part II

Posted in Horses, The Ranch by leahyetter on August 1, 2010

We took the Red Dun horse, Chugs best friend and brother, to the South Ranch to run with the other horses. We wanted to do this so that he didn’t have to be at the main ranch to see Chug leave.

The horses raced over to see the new guy but there was a creek between them.

Chug was in the trailer behind us and the Dun horse did not want to leave his friend. He would run back to the trailer, breaking my heart with every whinny.

So the others came closer.

And waited.

Patrick and the Dun made it across and they all finally met.

Then he ran.

And they followed.

And when he tried to run back over to us, they turned around.

And he followed.

He’ll be OK. He’s probably already forgotten the trauma of the separation.

We brought Chug back to the main ranch to wait for his ride. He was pretty upset in the corral all by himself. I went in with him to talk it out. I pet him and he followed me around while I reassured him that he was going to a great place and to a wonderful family. His eyes are so kind and his lashes so long.

He’s hoping that these pesky horse flies aren’t back east. I told him I honestly didn’t know and to not get his hopes up.

So long Chug, you will have a wonderful life. I’m sure of it.

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  1. Wiley Knott said, on August 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I love your photographs Leah. Your story about Chug even got to me and I never saw him. You are living and idyllic life. I would love to be there. Keep up the good work.



  2. Stephanie said, on August 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Oh my! Beautiful photos, but I am totally crying about this! I know they will both be fine, but it just makes me sad that he’s moving. Makes me want to go visit him in NC. 🙂 I think you should write a short story about this for sure!
    love ya!
    Steph 🙂


  3. Victoria Bennett Beyer said, on August 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Oh my, what a sweet and sad couple of posts. It’s so painful to see animals in emotional distress, but it sounds like they both will have happy homes that they will learn to love and that they will make new horsey friends.

    ps – those pix of Dunn running with the new horses are SO beautiful.


  4. Jessica said, on August 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Ohhhh!!!!!! Our little friend from last summer! What a beautiful boy he is now! What a sweet and sad story. I want to give Chug a Hug!


  5. Ken said, on August 6, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Beautiful work Leah.

    More things I did not know about horses. Every year science learns more stuff many of us already knew.


    Did you see this on Nick?



  6. wonderfulexchange said, on January 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    you told this story beautifully — and what a picture of him running to join the others.


  7. Mikaela said, on December 12, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Oh my god! There beautiful!

    regards Mikaela from Sweden 🙂


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