1986 - November 30, 2010
Hello my beautiful Zena,
The best day of my life came when you walked into it. It was November 2004 when I was a 5'1", 11 year old, with a deep passion for horses. I always wanted a black horse and when I saw you, I fell in love with you. Your deep brown eyes, your sleek, soft coat and your thick mane caught my eye immediately. I walked up to you and you nickered at me. I knew this would be a wonderful friendship.
You were a big girl, well actually I was just a small girl, so it was hard to put the bridle and saddle on you. You gave me many neck and shoulder aches from lifting your head so high that I couldn't get the bit in your mouth or moving while I tried to put the saddle on, so I just got you a hackamore. You were such a wild girl when we were out at the Narrows. Remember when that Paint Horse ran past the arena and freaked you out? You bucked and reared and threw me right off! But I could care less about me. The only thing I was worried about was closing the gate so you couldn't get out! That was an interesting and exciting day that nearly gave Grandpa a heart attack!
You always were ornery and stubborn and the Queen Bee of the barn, pinning your ears at any other horse that came near, but I loved you anyway. It saddened me when you went lame in 2007 but there was a show coming up. I was worried that we'd have to skip it but I knew we could still give it a shot. On May 5, 2007, despite your lameness, we took home a blue ribbon in Walk/Trot. I was so proud of you.
Those were just a few of the thousands of amazing times we had together and I will never forget them. I knew you were getting sicker as the years passed by. Your lameness increased and you got Cushings. I just want you to know that I miss you more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for all that you did for me. You got me through Middle School, High School, Valenta, my mom, and so much more. I wish you could see me through college. Well I guess you can but I won't see you see me through it.
That Monday night when I last saw you was precious. You were warm and when you looked at me I realize now that you were saying goodbye. Thank you for waiting for me and letting me see you one last time. Zena, you are and always will be my beloved first horse and friend. I love you and miss you and you will forever be in my heart. We will see each other again someday, but until then I will think of you every day. I hope you're running as fast as you can through Heaven's big, green, grassy fields, free of pain. I hope there's a big carrot garden and apple orchard up there :)
I love you, my beautiful Zena, and there is no doubt that you left your hoofprints on my heart.
Your Redhead Rider, Amanda