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Small Comforts

I was 21 at the time and had recently bought an Arabian mare named 'Sierra Donde'. She was a beautiful chestnut and very young, only 4. But she was very smart. She always knew when dinner time was, and she would walk into the tack room, pick up her feed tub, and bring it to me!

I lived in upstate New York at the time and worked for the fire department as a dispatcher. As sometimes happens, I was laid off because of budget problems. Needless to say, I was very bummed out.

Believing in what Will Rogers once said, "The best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse," I went home and saddled up Sierra.

We rode to one of our favorite spots, down near the river. I turned Sierra loose and she went off to graze. I sat down by the river bank and laid my head on my knees, wondering what I was going to do, and hoping I could manage to keep Sierra.

I had been thinking for about 10 minutes, when all of a sudden I felt something drop on my head. I looked up and there was Sierra standing over me. She had dropped a mouthful of grass right on me! She seemed to be saying, "Eating grass comforts me and makes me feel better, you should try it too!"

It did make me feel better (even though I didn't eat it!) and we rode back home in much better spirits. I soon got a new job, and I was able to keep Sierra.

Horses really are a noble and compassionate animal!

BY: Steven Shearing

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