The Best Horses in Heaven, They Have No Tail

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I’d like to share a poem with you by Miska Carlberg-Paget, who is working on a book of poems similar and some even more special than this poem, she said. They have a cowgirl and vet theme, and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with soon.

The poem I’m sharing today resonates with me, and I’m guessing it will with most of you. I’ve told you about our sweet, special horses Tuff and Chavez, and I have to tell you we’ve done a crazy, loving thing to them this fall. We’ve roached them. You see, mecates and get-down ropes are a special thing to have to us, especially when they come from those horses that mean so much, but it’s hard to get enough hair from those guys when we lose them. So my sweet husband convinced me to roach my horse’s lovely black mane! Ah! I soaked on it for a good while, and finally decided, yes, we could do that. When they do finally take their last breaths, we’ll have double the mane we would have normally.

No manes blowing in the breeze on those two middle horses.

Call us crazy, but picturing that lovely mane hair mecate that will be made on down the road looped through the hands of my boys is a wonderful thing I can hold on to for a long, long time. And seeing our two sweet old horses loping around now with their roached manes sticking up a few inches just makes me laugh. We love those two the absolute most you can love a horse and yet we’ve roached them! Ah well, they don’t mind a bit. Just another gift they’ve given us.

I hope you enjoy this poem and think lovingly of your bob-tail or roached horse in Heaven.

The Best Horses in Heaven, They Have No Tail

by Miska Paget

The best horses in Heaven
they have no tail.
This is a rule they all know
without fail.
For when a new horse arrives
with a short cut bob,
they all know that this horse
did a very good job.

His owner could not bear
to part with her friend
so she saved his tail,
wrapped in ribbons
and in braids,
to hold with his memory
in a very loving way.

To enter Heaven
without a tail
is an honor,
a message,
that without fail
announces to everyone,
far and wide
that this horse
was more than a wonderful ride.

this horse was loved and cherished by one
and when his time serving on this Earth was done
he left behind
a broken heart
and a soul
from which he never will part.

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About Savanna Simmons

I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...

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