The Golden Carrot - Horses - Inch


30 + years old  Thoroughbred Mare

17 hands

Chestnut with  white blaze

Inch  - 30+ year old Thoroughbred mare, 17 hand chestnut with white blaze, ex-race  horse, broodmare, and jumper. Inch was sent to me by Debbie and Steve  Peden. She's got training for miles, but is a little excitable and has ringbone in her left fore. This is a horse with a great pedigree who would  love to be a mother again, but I don't breed horses. Inch is mostly just  a ride for me. At a walk or (very long strided)  trot, she’s great. She'll be  a good step up for more advanced riders.

Inch holds a special place in my heart because of her long friendship with Bobby Sox. Although She’s 17 hands and he was barely 14 hands, she was Bobby’s “woman” - his status symbol or trophy wife if you will. She tolerated his napoleonic ways, holding Joy as a proper sized boyfriend in the background.  In the last year of Bobby’s life, Inch gently switched to being his protector. As his eyesight failed, he would get separated from her in the herd and stand calling for her.  She would carefully move to a locaton where he could catch her scent and find his way to her side, granting him reassurance and saving his face in the process.  When Bobby Sox died, Inch was inconsolable, and showed great rage towards me until the night I broke down in her stall pleading for her to understand that I had to help him on his way.  Amazingly enough, it seems she thought I didn’t care. She walked carefully to me, dropped her head in my chest for the first time in months, and stood quietly in my arms letting me cry.  I had never believed that animals understood the concept of death, but her behavior was all to typical of a friend or family member in the same situation.   She also took many months to accept Navigator, who moved into Bobby’s stall.  Each night, she and I say good night to Bobby Sox, and I believe it’s a comfort to her to hear his name.  She’s special, this Inch.

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