For those who have been following along and whose heart strings were tugged on by Sam just like mine were here is an update on our bold soul…Sam. (To read the story of Sam…you can read our previous post here.)
Lori, the owner of Sunkissed Acres Equine Rescue had been planning on turning out Sam with the herd. She felt he had gained a bit of strength in the last week and wanted him to begin to bond with the other horses.
Sam had other ideas.
From Lori…”He came out of his paddock and just hung over my shoulders. He refused to leave my side and when I went into the barn, he stood at the gate and whinnied like crazy. So, I brought him in for another meal thinking he is scared of starving out there. Then I turned him out agan. Long story short, Sam is back up in his paddock, stall. Unlike every other horse, its too much for Sam yet. He needs the safety of food delivery. A lot of horses that I have gotten in starved behave in much the same way except they generally join the herd for at least a bit and then come back in for more food.”
Poor little soul. Or just a smart old man…he knows where the groceries are and has no intention of getting too far from food, water or safety again.
She tried again the next day. Oh, Sam went along with the ruse…but he would not let her out of his sight.
“I took Sam out again today. Oh, he went willingly…from one paddock to the next lol.
So, this time I went walking out with him to the pasture. He followed very, very closely behind me. I walked out to the other horses, to the grass and stood there with him while he looked cautiously around.
One of the old guys came over and extended his nose in a hello. Sam sniffed him and then pulled back frightened. The old guy just turned and walked off. Sam took a few cautios steps towards the herd and at that time I tried to sneak away.
Hahahaha, not a chance. Sam caught up to me quickly and came back in. I took him to the round bale and he happily played and explored there. Then followed me back to the barn. Sam is not ready, his eyes tell the story. He is afraid and needs to be where he feels safe yet. And thats ok by me. We will take a walk each day until he feels safe enough with the herd, until then, I am his herd.”
And what a good herd you are Lori. We can see why Sam loves you so.
Island Cowgirl Jewelry is sponsoring Sam on his road to recovery…we are all rooting for you Sam. If you would like to help Sam or Sunkissed Acres Equine Rescue you may make a charitable donation on their website. Even if it is $1, $2 or $100…it all is put to good use. Nothing is too small or goes unnoticed.