4th November 2010
Whilst the 1st Tuesday in November sees the nation ‘giddy up’ with the excitement of the Melbourne Cup, it was the 1st Thursday in November 2010 that saw one particular horse well and truly become a winner.
You see, despite having a loving and living mother with an udder full of milk waiting to feed him, Samson was orphaned. Why? Because his mother, what the industry terms a ‘Nurse Mare’, was taken away from him so she could be used to raise a ‘much more valuable’ thoroughbred foal. Samson, and countless other foals just like him, we know to be priceless, yet they are seen as the ‘bobby calves’ of the equine world, brought into existence as a means to an end, with no thought given as to how or if they will live. Sadly, these intelligent and sensitive animals have become the unwitting pawns in a glamour industry, far more concerned about Group One races and profits than about giving all horses a chance.
Horses can live for up to 30 years and require a lifetime of care, from regular hoof trimming, drenching, dental treatments, feed and grooming. As such, caring for a horse requires much more than a paddock of grass and a dam with water. Sadly, many well-meaning people will take on a horse, yet are not able to provide for their specialist needs. And because a foal like Samson will never make anyone a ‘magic million’, they are often seen as not worthy of the time and effort required to provide them with a chance at life. With sire unknown, Samson’s future was bleak – that was until Edgar’s Mission heard of the plight of the young three week old colt.
And now, Samson has now proven to be a winner not once, but twice! At two years of age, a veterinary examination showed him to have the beginnings of a degenerative form of arthritis, known to affect young growing horses. Whilst many horses afflicted with this condition continue to be ridden and to compete, with or without the use of pain relief, Samson will never be asked to do anything other than to hang out with his buddies, enjoy his daily grooming, to graze at will and to cooperate with the farrier now and again. Lifetime treatment and specialist veterinary care will ensure that Samson can continue to comfortably do all of these things for the remainder of his happy life.
Whilst we wish for the day when we humans no longer see animals as creatures that exist merely for our own entertainment or benefit, we are however grateful that the ever so lucky Samson raced into our lives. His cheeky nature and happy go lucky personality see him stand out from the crowd in a world that sees many a horse viewed as nothing more than the sum of their parts. And while the thundering of hooves may never see Samson win a Group One race, it will no doubt see him winning hearts aplenty here at Edgar’s Mission and beyond.
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