The adventures of Gilly the rescue horse and his side kick and partner in crime, Pokey the donkey.


Being with a horse is a journey that never ends. What they have to teach us is amazing; but we must quiet our mind to hear them. ~ jca


Monday, May 4, 2009

Tomorrow is Gilly's Birthday!

This is the first picture I saw of Gilly, his name was Davy then, on a rescue web site. Such a tiny, thin little red fuzzy boy. There was something in that face, those eyes that just melted my heart and made me cry. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would own a horse again, 20 years I had been without one.

Begged my husband to go and see him and this is what he looked like first time I laid eyes on him. Pretty sad looking little guy; but I over looked the outside and saw something deep in there that was beautiful. I'll take him I said, my husband just shook his head! April 2004, he is 11 months old here.

After a month and a half of good food and a good bath, he is starting to shine! End of May 2004

Here he is at two years old and our first ride, just a very short one, doesn't he look soooo happy!

Last spring as a 5 year old and tomorrow he will be 6. I have had this wonderful majestic creature for 5 years. I love him so much, what joy he brings to my life and a lot of challenges too. But oh, what a gift he is!
It has been raining again so I am not getting to ride like I would like to but maybe tomorrow a short one. There is suppose to be a break in the weather, then back to rain! No party but he will get some special treats tomorrow, he loves bread and applesauce so he will get some of each for both meals, yes, Pokey will get some too!
(He got an early present today, the chiropractor visited the neighbor and I got him to come here and adjust Gilly. Good thing too, his neck, one shoulder and one hip was out.....boy, he feels better now!! He really liked the guy and stood there asking for more!)
Happy Birthday my beautiful boy!!!


Jacque. said...

Hey and Gilly have both truly been blessed to find each other. He is soooo gorgeous, I cannot even begin to tell you! You knew he would be special, and I know he is. To you...and to all those who read about him. Keep up the good work with the Gilly-boy. Love you both,


Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Jane ~ I remember when you sent out the pictures of your rescue horse ~ I thought then what a great person to do this!! And look at your wonderful reward!! It's hard to believe that your beautiful Gilly could have been is such bad shape!! Five years and lots of TLC later and he is truly beautiful!! Thanks for sharing ~ hope he likes his birthday dinner!!

cowgirljlynn said...

Happy birthday Gilly! Hope you have a good day tomorrow Jane!

Paint Girl said...

What an amazing transformation! He sure has turned out to be a gorgous horse, and bays are my fav. color! Love to see him all shiny! Can't wait for my fuzzballs to finish shedding!
Happy Birthday Gilly!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you have enjoyed Gilly these last 5 years. I still remember that first picture when Jacque showed me. Boy has he grown and filled out and had a great life! Happy Birthday Gilly! Julie

Dusty Devoe said...

What a handsome guy you are Gilly! Your mom is so lucky to have you in her life! I feel the same way about Dusty! Happy Birthday to GillY!!!

Pony Girl said...

Jane what a sweet post! He has really grown into such a handsome boy! It's amazing what a great home and lots of love can do. What a blessing for him that you saw something in that little rescue pony so long ago! :) Hugs and carrots for the Birthday Boy!

Desert Rose said...

Wow...he has become so beuatiful! He was truely blessed to be chosen by you! Happy Birthday Gilly!!!

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Happy birthday to Gilly tomorrow. The years pass so quickly Jane hold on to each wonderful moment my Tara was 15 on Saturday and I just don't know where the years have gone. It's your day as well he has become what he is because of you. I remember one day years ago and there were niggling problems with both Rio and Tara and I said to my vet " I can pick them" he looked at me smiled and said "No Elizabeth they picked you". Always remember that Jane when things aren't going the way you think they should HE PICKED YOU :))

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I can understand why you cried when you first saw him! He is so lucky you found him, and you are lucky to have him! Hope Gilly has a wonderful birthday!!

jane augenstein said...

Jacque, thank you, yes, we are both blessed to have each other. What would I do without my Gilly!
Alice, I am sure that everyone that first saw Gilly thought he was a pretty sad looking little guy. He went from an ugly duckling to a gorgeous swan!
cowgirljlynn, if it would just quit raining long enough for me to ride....(sigh)Spring!!!!
Paint Girl, thanks I am partial to bays also! LOL
Julie, never in my wildest dreams did I think that he would turn out like this! I thought I just had a stunted little yard ornament!
Dusty Devoe, our boys are very lucky, of course we don't spoil them any??!!!
Pony Girl, my husband thought I was nuts to pick him but he was a special boy and I knew it!
Desert Rose, thank you, yes, I do think he chose me and I'm glad!
Elizabeth, you are right the years do fly by, it's hard to believe I have had him for 5 years already. Yes, he looked out from the internet and right into my heart!
Gail, I felt so sorry for him and wanted him to have a good home. He is my gift!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Awwww! Such a wonderful tribute to and story about your handsome boy. He sure cleaned up and filled out good under your loving care.

Happy Birthday Gilly!



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