Monday, March 29, 2010

What Saying Goodbye Looks Like






















I didn't even have time to brush him clean...
He made me smile like the sun...
He was afraid of the wind and blowing tall grass.
He loved carrots and apples, of course, but he also had a taste for Doritos...
It wasn't his back end you had to stay clear of, it was his mouth - Jess was a biter...
He did not make a good first impression on my family - he tried to bite Bran's face off...
I financed him...did you know you could do that...
He and a buddy escaped from the farm one day and took a joy run through the neighborhood, with Brandi and I running after them (picture that - it's good for a laugh)...
He never had to befriend another horse or dog, they always came to him...
If I could've bottled his smell, I would have done it a long time ago...
Everything he wore was black and/or red...even my truck and his trailer...
In the summer, he never went out until the sun went down...
When we first started riding together, I spent more time on the ground than I did on his back - which made me often question the investment I'd made...
In our younger days, we were excellent jumpers - I have ribbons to prove it...
His barn name was "Jesse" as in James; he was a registered Appaloosa with the name "High Hat Blue"...
Jess, Bran and I grew up together...I had Jess for 21 years...21 years
He brought me complete joy...complete happiness...
He would literally and gladly open his mouth to accept his bit...
He had a custom made tack box and storage trunk - because Jess and I were both loved that much...
He hated having his face washed and broke countless cross ties whenever I attempted to do it...
He loved having his belly brushed...
He was my buddy and I loved him dearly and today I don't know what to do to fill this life-sized whole in my heart...






3 comments:

Marianne said...

Love lives forever. Smile through the tears every now and then and then you'll realize you're smiling. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Karen said...

what a beautiful tribute. although i know it's sad that it's over - 21 years - what a great run.

take care.

Ronalyn and Dan said...

Oh Joyce, I'm so sorry - I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes and starting to run down my face. Jesse will always be with you....