Monday, May 15, 2006

The story of Belle

The story of Belle
February 13th, 2001 Pat and I brought home a skinny paint filly which we named Crystal. She had the prettiest blue eyes I have even seen on a horse. Poor thing was barely 14 hands and weighed about 600 pounds. She was in a mud lot with 15-20 other fillies and mares. The smallest one there, she did not get her fair share of food. We get her home and turned her out in a winter brown field where she proceeded to gain weight rapidly. The vet came out and gave her a clean bill of health. Said she could stand to put on a few pounds but other than that she was doing good. Gave her shots, wormed her and that was that.
Fast forward 4 months... Father's Day June 17th, 2001 I am riding Precious whom we had bought the week before when I am thrown from her and break several bones in my back. While in the hospital I get a phone call from Pat telling me that we had a baby. Of course I assume it is the drugs hearing him! LOL He keeps telling me that Crystal has had a baby. After 4 days in the hospital I am home. Sure enough there is the cutest little white horse I have ever seen! She was peeking out from under her mama looking at us then back to nursing!
One day when she was about 2 months old, Pat had Crystal out grooming her. I was down in the garden with my walker picking tomatoes and green beans. Brook was running around being a kid when all at once she started screaming! Belle being a baby herself, had kicked her in the belly!  Poor thing had a bruise the size of a fist square in the middle. This did not set well with me. Not one hour later Brook was giving Belle her very first bath. She had decided that Belle was her horse.
The days and months passed. She was petted on and played with. She was taught to lead and back on voice command. She learned how to give us her feet for cleaning and trimming. She learned not to kick us. She got kicked back! Soon we had her wearing a blanket, then a saddle. One day Brook comes running in the house hollering that she rode Belle! I was scared and mad. I went outside to give Pat whatnots when he put her on Belle again! She was barely a year old.
Times goes by and she reaches 2 and half and Pat started riding her. Never did do any bucking. She always rode out smooth.
One day she was running around the field. Hollering because we had Crystal and Precious out riding. I was filming Pat riding up the driveway when I noticed a commotion in the fields. Belle was running up the fence line next to the driveway coming right towards me. I started filming her and to my surprise she jumped the fence! She cleared it so easy, it was like watching a bird fly! After that she jumped the fence on a regular basis. Time after time we had to chase her down. Soon she started getting further away before it was discovered she was out. We locked her up in a stall but that proved to be no good. She knocked the door down several times and kicked the wall out twice. Finally we locked her up in our backyard. This was rather inconvenient. After all that grass was gone we moved her to the front yard. There she spent the better part of a year. Thinking that she was finally cured we put her back in the field with the other 2 horses. This lasted for awhile but not long. Soon she was back at her old tricks and back in the front yard! We used hot wire, barbed wire and hog wire, all to no avail.
Time after time we go get her. Time that could have been better spent. A lot of that time equaled lost hours at work for Pat too.
We always forgave her. She was our baby. We petted her and loved her. She would follow us around like a dog. She played with the cats and dogs. I even caught her tossing a can around playing like a cat or dog would.
      She is going to a home of someone that will love her. She has watched her grow up and has admired her for a long time. We will go see her at her new home.  She was bought by Brook's bus driver. She will only be moving a few miles down the road.
I am going to miss her so much. I know it is for the best that she leave. It hurts so much for us to get rid of our baby.


  1. I can understand and feel the pain that you are feeling having to get rid of Belle. I feel so sorry for you, Pat, and most of all for Brook.

  2. I am glad Belle will be close by so you can visit and keep up with her.  I know it was a hard decision to make, but I do understand why you gave her up.  You are all in my thoughts this week.

  3. Im glad she found a nice home.

  4. Before I read.......Happy Birthday.
    Angela : )

  5. I think you are going to find Belle back in your own front yard within a few days, lol.


  6. I have a feeling that Belle will be back at the old home place before you know she is gone LOLOL....Hugs from KY...Ora

  7. Cheleste, it makes me sad too that you got rid of Belle.
    Don't be surprised when she comes whinnying at your place.
    Don't think the new owner can keep her home very long at a time. She isn't far enough away for her not to know her way to her old stomping ground. So keep looking out for her.

  8. Celeste, I am so sorry that you had to come to this decision...but I can understand why you had to do it...My daughter Amanda had to give her horse away just for the same reason....Clyde jumped the fence almost everyday and we had to go get him...the last time he jumped it, she gave him away because her daddy (danny) was the one having to go get him and it was straining his heart. we hated it too, because Clyde was FAMILY....the person she gave him to, sold him and we don't know where he ended least you know.
    Take care, and God bless you and watch over you.
    love always,

  9. What awful timing!!  On Mothers' Day!  But what's that saying, "If you love something set it free..."  You know your doing right by her, even if it's hard on you.  -  Barbara

  10. ally123130585918May 16, 2006 at 3:18 AM

    Celeste I am so sorry you had to give Belle up ~ I hope whoever bought her can keep her safe and secure ~ I know how much you must be missing her ~ Ally

  11. My heart and hope goes out to you and Belle.

  12. Thank you telling Belle`s story Celeste, At least you know her new owner and you`ll still get to see her.  It must have been such a difficult decision though.

    Sandra xxxx

  13. Great story. Guess you should have named her "Jonathon Livingstone......" I'm going brain dead so I hope you get the "Seagull" connection. rich

  14. I know its heart breaking even knowing that she has a good home. I'v been there with my goats. If she isnt far away she may jump the fences and come see you LOL

  15. I know it has to be hard for you.  I'm so glad she's still close by, though, and with someone you know.

  16. I can imagine how you feel.  Isn't it amazing how attached we get to these critters?


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