Farewell My Friend

June 2012

Just a small horse.

A varnish appaloosa/arab.

Silver mane, silver tail

134 Desley

 “Whoa, sick” – Jack’s first impression.

Ride her bareback.

Ride her with no bit nor bridle, just a halter.

Ride her with only your belt looped round her neck.

 Easy to catch, easy to shoe, easy to float.

 Just easy.

 Mild mannered and quiet of nature.

 Carried Brian around the hills of Braeside.

 Taught Mandy how to muster.

Was the highlight of a visit for so many kids.

 Just the best.


But age wearies and the years condemn.

Another goodbye.

RIP Desley

& thank you

13 responses to “Farewell My Friend

  1. What a lovely tribute to Desley – sounds like a perfect lady. Sorry for your loss.

  2. Beautiful tribute to Desley, Mandy. You lost her back in 2012? I bet she has come back to you at least a few times in dreams. Mine has. They never quite leave us, do they?

  3. Well done again. Age wearies and age condemns – sadly and most certainly.

    • Age & illness took my Little Red Brahman today (from the post The Mob), but she lived the best life for a cow on a beef operation – and she never had to go up a race or onto a truck. She died with her friends in a paddock full of grass.

  4. Elaine Toft

    So sorry for this loss. The poignancy of your words sure brings it home.

  5. I only just noticed your post, a beautiful tribute. For no apparent reason their lives are so much shorter than ours and every time we need to say our goodbyes and farewells we promise ourselves we’ll never go through it again, until that cute new puppy, kitten, foal, calf comes along again…

    • Our animals teach us a lot about the cycle of life. The dogs, horses, cows and all of nature’s creatures have stories to tell us if we’re prepared to listen.

      • If only more people would take the time to listen to nature’s stories Mandy, the world would be a better place!

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