For the story so far please read Georges’ horses – Part One
One of the horses to arrive from George was Jackie. A lovely black TB mare. Jackie was aged but in good condition and, a horse with the most beautiful nature.
Soon after Jackie’s arrival we took in a filly, Rosie straight from the slaughter yard, where she had waited for two weeks for slaughter. Luckily, her fate changed and Rosie came to us. See Rosie’s story at The secret hidden in the Rose.
Rosie needed love. lots of love. She needed someone to give her confidence and a feeling of safety, someone to heal her soul.
And in the paddock was Jackie. Jackie immediately adopted Rosie. She would share her food bucket, gently encouraged Rosie to mutually groom, watched over Rosie.
With more horses arriving I knew I had to rehome Jackie as she was in good health and with an ideal temperament. But I could not deprive Rosie of her surrogate mother and guide.
So I put Jackie up for adoption, with the proviso that Jackie and Rosie be homed together. A friend was looking for a safe riding horse (gentle occasional riding!) and Jackie fitted the bill. She was happy to adopt Rosie as well. This was an experienced, loving and caring home and so, as hard as it was to part with them both, we were so glad that such a great home was offered.
The years passed. Rosie has matured and able to live with other horses happily. Jackie looked after the young horses, always the mentor, always the guide, always giving comfort and confidence. Then she became the companion of an aged standard bred, and just recently all moved to a property even closer to us. Jackie never was ridden again, she just had a life of leisure.
So every day I could see Jackie as I drove past, peacefully grazing with Johnny, her friend. I knew, however, that her health was starting to fail. I was always updated though and she was receiving every care. Jackie would rally but clearly age was catching up.
A few weeks ago Johnny peacefully passed. Jackie grieved and her health faltered. She had a new companion, was moved close to the house, fed, rugged, tested and loved….but we all knew it was just a matter of time.
Last night, comfortable and pain free, Jackie passed, to be with Johnny and to meet back up with George, Twinkie, Call Me Misty, My Misty, Rachael (the Filly), and all her other friends.
Bless you Jackie and thank you to Nat who loved and cared for Jackie in her final years.
Jackie will be buried at her home. Nat has chosen a lovely spot that overlooks our property.