Sunday, December 01, 2013

Last Bit of Color in No-Horse Meadow

When we first moved here in 2010, one of our neighbors showed us a few good walking trails. One of those trails took us through the woods and then up to Three-Horse Meadow. The three horses were almost always there, unless we found them gathered in the woods on the way to meadow. They were the friendliest and sweetest horses we'd ever met. They would come to us just for a little tender scratching and soft talking. We never remembered to bring carrots or apples with us, although we always promised them that we would.
Maybe it's been two years already that we noticed the pretty light-colored horse was gone. She was a big, beautiful horse. We thought she looked old. The hair around her soft brown eyes was already quite silvery. We are not sure whatever became of her, so, we started to call the place Two-Horse Meadow.
Roger has had some lovely interactions with these two over the years. They always come to him like he's an old friend, and then follow us up the trail, or stand there just watching us leave. Their gentleness was lovely thing to encounter in the woods.


The last time we saw them was when they took a little walk with us back in August. I videoed them with Roger. We have not seen them since, and we have no idea what became of them. We truly miss their friendly presence out there.
These days the meadow is rich with the last of the fall colors. It is so warm and lovely, but there are no horses. Now we sadly call the place No-Horse Meadow.

18 comments:

  1. It's sad that they are gone from there. Wherever could they be?

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  2. kenju-- A couple of months ago we talked to someone who lived on this large piece of property. He told us that the owner had died and that family members were considering what to do with the place. One idea was a vineyard. We're not sure if that's what will happen, but we do think the horse disappearance is related to the change of ownership. It's quite disappointing because "Three-Horse Meadow" had been called that for many, many years.

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  3. Ach, painful stuff. It is sad that they have disappeared. I hope you see a reappearance; if not, at least you have evidence they were there.

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  4. They looked like such happy, friendly horses! I would hope that if the new owners really are changing that place, they found a good comfortable home for the horses.

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  5. How sad. I hope they've just relocated to an area more suited to their ageing bones. If it were around here it would be known as Three-Horse Meadow for ever - to the bafflement of future generations. You should try to keep the name alive. Perhaps the vineyard will produce "Three-Horse Champagne"!

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  6. I hope the horses are happily enjoying another meadow and have friendly visitors to pet their heads and bring them goodies.

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  7. Speaking as a horse person, they look like quality horses. Hard to imagine that someone isn't looking out for their welfare, so perhaps they have moved on to another pasture or back into life at a stable. Still, sad that they aren't around to visit and walk with as that's pretty cool.

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  8. john-- I don't like change very much. It upsets the small balance of my universe.

    jsk-- I know. We miss them.

    kathy a-- Well, I hesitated to mention that the property also has a lot discarded vehicles and is a bit of a mess. The horses roamed a very large area. We once photographed them crossing the road about 1/4 of mile from the meadow. I am hoping for the best for these two.

    John-- Yes, you are absolutely right, it should always be called Three-Horse Meadow. We love the idea of "Three-Horse Champagne." That is truly a delightful idea! Thank you.

    Sky-- We hope for the very same thing.

    bev-- We also hope that they have been moved to another equally beautiful pasture with friendly visitors who love their presence.

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    1. I love that meadow...I have many photos of it at different times of the year. In that first photo of the horses in the wood, they appear as if apparitions. Cool. Maybe they have found wonderful homes. Let's hope.

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  9. It is really cool to think about going for a walk and being greeted by friendly horses. Now that I know about them, I miss them, too.

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  10. Tara-- I love that top photo. I think I took it in May 2011. The light was lovely. We hope the horses have a found a wonderful place to be.

    Mark-- Being greeted by those horses was one of the delights of the walk. We always looked for them in the woods or meadow. I appreciate your sentiments immensely. Thank you for that.

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  11. It is still such a lovely meadow. How sad that your horse friends are no longer there. I especially loved the photograph of the horses in the woods. What a treat that must have been.

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  12. NCMountainwoman-- It really was a treat to see the horses in the woods. We hadn't ever seen anything quite like it. They were really sweet.

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  13. Love horses but the dust that comes off them makes me sneeze and if I touch my eyes they just swell up.
    Mind you I would have taken carrots & appels to them. Shame they are gone, think I'd be finding out who owned them and see if there were any more coming back

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  14. This post title reminds me of a novel I'd read called The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse. Have you read it?

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  15. Pablo-- Not only have I not read it, I have never heard of it before. Great title!

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