Hoofbeats In Heaven
In Praise Of The Horse

Tribute To The Human/Equine Bond

Horses In Heaven
Author Unknown

An old man and his horse were riding down a dirt road with fences on both sides. They came to a gate in the fence and looked in. It was nice, with a grassy, woody area...just what an old man and his horse would like, but it had a sign saying, "No Trespassing", so they walked on. They came to a beautiful gate with a person in white robes standing there. "Welcome to Heaven.", he said. The old man was happy and started to ride his horse in. The gatekeeper stopped him, "Animals aren't allowed. I'm sorry but he can't come with you."

"What kind of heaven won't allow animals? If he can't come in, I will stay out with him. He's been my faithful companion all his life and I can't desert him now."

"Suit yourself, but I have to warn you, the devil's on this road and he will try to sweet talk you into his area...he'll promise you anything...but the horse can't go there either. If you won't leave the horse, you will spend eternity on this road."

So the old man and horse rode on. They came to a run-down fence with a gap in it, no gate, just a hole. Another old man was inside, "S'cuse me Sir, my horse and I are getting mighty tired, mind if we come in a rest in the shade awhile?" "Of course, there's some cool water under that tree over there, along with a bucket of water for your horse. Make yourselves comfortable.".

"You're sure my horse can come in? The man down the road said animals weren't allowed anywhere."

"Would you come in if you had to leave your horse?"

"No Sir, that's why I didn't go to Heaven, he said the horse couldn't come in. We'll be spending eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some shade would be mighty fine right now. But I won't come in if my buddy here can't come in, and that's final."

The man replied, "Welcome to Heaven.".

"You mean this is Heaven? Horses are allowed? How come that guy down the road said they weren't?"

"That was the devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life-long companion for a comfortable place to stay. They soon find out their mistake, but then it's too late. The animals come here, the fickle people stay there. God wouldn't allow animals to be banned from Heaven. After all, He created them to be man's companion in life, why would he separate them in death?"

Contributed by Micki in Memory of Snowy.

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