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Ode to Javalin

With a saddened heart I had to say goodbye to a Noble Beast today.

Javalin who was large as life in both size and heart has been suffering for sometime now due to a suppressed immune system. A year has past and I watched him slowly weaken and become a shadow of himself.

We’ve grown so much together Javalin and I. We’ve overcome fears and learned how to trust each other and become partners. He adored his cookies and his catered lunches that I would bring to him. Nickering when he saw me walk out of the barn, he always brought a smile to my face.

And Javalin loved the girls, boy did he love the girls. There were several I could never let him near as he would get all excited and say hello to them in his sexy baritone horsey voice.

I remember him getting out of stall once and running immediately over to the paddock of a lady horse he was particularly fond of. Not happy that the fence was in between them, he turned around and kicked down the top rail. By then I had reached him and told him to stop. Such a good boy he was, he dropped his head as if to say “Okay..I’ll be a good boy.”

One of our favorite things to do was run around in a paddock together. Him wild and acting like a wild and crazy woman. In fact, just about a week ago I brought him into the arena and let him loose. He immediately knew what that meant and kicked up his heels and ran off in glee.

He did a few silly things and be embarrassed about it. Like the time he sat on the corner of the fence and it fell down underneath him. He ran away with a shamed look on his face. Or the time that he ran right into a white ground pole that was sticking up because he wasn’t looking where he was going. He was funny when he wanted to be.

Javalin had such a kind spirit without a mean bone in his body. He was so frightened of the world and of people because of how he was treated by humans for 15 years before me. It took years for him to finally trust me and relax and enjoy the world. I’d like to believe that the last part of his life was heaven on earth for him. He was greatly loved and gently handled with much patience and understanding.

We can all benefit from the lessons that Javalin has taught us. Of kindness and love with a passion for life. We will miss you Javalin.

28 replies »

  1. I’m so sorry. He was lucky to have such a good friend to ensure he had another, much better, chapter in life. Thank you for loving him so well.

  2. What we can learn from animals, Emily. Thank you for taking care of Javalin. Hugs and prayers, Perpetua

  3. Emily I am sorry for your loss of Javalin. He had a true friend in you. You will always have memories to keep your connection.

  4. This is a wonderful tribute to a fine beast and companion. Sorrow, as well as smiles, will be part of each memory of him. I, too, and sorry for your loss.

  5. I’m so sorry for the loss of Javalin. He gave you sweet & wonderful memories to cling to. He’ll always be a part of you & nothing will replace that in your heart & in your mind.

  6. I am so very sorry for your loss Emily, what a beautiful tribute you wrote for Javalin. I feel like I met him. Wishing you some gentle moments in your sorrow.

  7. Aw, Emily. I am touched by your post. I hope writing helps in adjusting to life without him. You were both elevated to have each other it seems, so celebrate that.

  8. What a beautiful tribute to your good friend, Javalin. What a blessing you found him – and he found you! Thank you for sharing this wonderful character with us, and may you always remember the bond you share, on this plane and the next.

  9. That’s very sad Em, and it’s always a difficult decision to make, but I’m sure you did what was best for Javelin and that’s all that matters. Take care.

  10. Emily, I am so sorry that your beautiful friend is gone. Your tribute in this post is moving. So many memories of Javelin will I hope soften your sorrow. Take care – Chris

  11. I’m so sorry. I know how much you loved and cared for him. You gave him the loving life he may not have had.

  12. what an amazing tribute! I’m sure Javalin would be so delighted and proud!!! Hope your okay ❤ Its always hard to lose an amazing animal who was so close to you.

  13. This is very sad news Emily – I’m sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful horse and I can tell from your words how special he made your world.

  14. Emily – please, accept my utmost hugs and love for his passing. Those of us who are lucky enough to share these amazing beings in our lives know what kind of hole it leaves when they pass. We lost our spunky girl Revvy last Fall, but I do believe she’s never that far (and able to be wild and free!!), and I’m sure the same is true of your beautiful and sweet Javalin. A wonderful tribute. -Christina

    • Oh my dear friend, it is so good to hear from you and I hope all is well with you. Thank you so much for your kind words as they mean so much to me.
      It’s been a hard week as you can imagine. I didn’t know you had lost Revvy, that is so sad and my heart reaches out to you. Thank you for your hugs and keep in touch.

  15. I don’t know you or Javalin, but I found your tribute to him so beautiful, I feel like I do know both of you! I’m so sorry for your loss. It is amazing how our furry friends impact our lives and makes them so much better.

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