Tuesday April 12 2011
He's a kind soul.
He came here for the September 5-day Owyhee Canyonlands ride, but when his owner Brian was seriously injured (on another horse), Ben stayed here.
He really looked bewildered the first week - enough that I felt I had to explain to him what happened. I actually told him in human words, "Brian got hurt, it's not your fault. He left you here to stay with us for a while. We'll take care of you." I think he understood me because I swear the baffled look faded away.
He never really fit into the Owyhee herd - always stood on the outer edges, waiting to get to the hay after everybody else had wandered off. He always came up to me to sniff my hands, to get a pet, to listen to words. I always stopped to give them to him.
Brian spent the next 6 months recuperating, deciding if he wanted to keep Ben or not. Brian put Ben up for sale. Someone snapped him up. He's leaving today with Jeff.
Jeff comes to the Owyhee endurance rides, so I'll likely get to see Ben again. I left a message that buying Ben comes with visitation rights for me.
So long Ben, happy trails.