Please note the link at the bottom of this article about feeding horses after fire, why so many horses die afterwards and what you can do to prevent it.
I asked Sam’s permssion to share this post that she put on the From Your Horse’s Heart chat group yesterday. It brought a tear (or two!) to my eyes at how her horses were able to listen to her and keep themselves safe at a time when they were threatened by bushfire.
Sam: We came home to smoke on Wednesday night. We are about 6kms away from the Carngham fire which you would have heard about on the news if you live in Victoria. Houses and livestock lost, but no human lives thank God.
We evacuated for the first time in nearly 5 years of living here. 3 humans, 4 dogs (3 border collies and a very big Great Dane), and 2 cats. Thankfully we have a Ute and a small station wagon! We went to my sisters in nearby Ballarat for the night.
We weren’t in any immediate danger, but I didn’t want to hang around in case we were.
What I really wanted to tell you about was the HORSES… as you know I haven’t been able to put my horses in adjoining paddocks due to fights between Shrek and Lucius.
Well, I didn’t want to leave Rocky and Lucius in a small paddock without a dam, so I made the decision to put them in next to Shrek and Spanner, the same paddock which they were in when Rocky got his leg in the barbed wire trying to protect Luc last time.
I fed them all and spoke to them one by one. I told them that there was a fire nearby and it could come to us. I told them they HAD to behave and get along. I also told them to get into the dam if the fire did come, and I stressed YOU HAVE TO BEHAVE! They all seemed subdued and really seemed to listen to me.
Leaving them was the worst part of the night by far. I was more worried about fights and injuries than the fire.
When I ‘tuned in’ the next day I got that they were all ok. I asked a dear friend of mine (who is very psychic) to do the same for me as I had to go to work and couldn’t go home to check on them. She got this message “We could smell the fire, and we behaved and acted like a herd. Tell our beloved (Sam) that we are OK”…
I got home that night and I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were all calmly standing around covered in MUD up to their shoulders… They had all gotten in the dam! For the first time in 4 years, as the dam is scarily steep…
Coincidence? I don’t know… it seems a bit much of one to me… It was as if they were all trying to tell me that they had behaved and done as I had said. This would sound crazy to many, but hopefully I can share it with you guys and it will make you smile if nothing else!
Me again: Errr no Sam, I don’t think it is coincidence!