LK is a friend of mine, a bit younger but still a friend. I met her a few years ago through our local barrel club. When we moved to our acreage we kinda became neighbours, add that we're both horse crazy and LK putting some rides on Applejack tuning up the holes I was having trouble with and we've become friends.
Yesterday I got one of the WORST text msg's you can get from a horsepal... "Mattie's gone".
I had a hard time understanding her because she was crying so hard, and honestly I was having a hard time not crying too. At first LK and her dad thought maybe Mattie had gotten out, turns out she had gotten trapped between the fence and feeder. The neighbour found her and let them know.
A hard way for anyone to lose their horse, harder still when she's your rodeo partner and good friend. My heart was breaking for my young friend.
LK is still in high school so she ran in the juniors, but they could run with the ladies too... in Stettler they entered the ladies division and were 4th our of 82. In Elbow the won the junior's by 6/10s, that time tied the winner of the ladies.
The last couple days have been pretty tough for LK. She says one of the things that has helped her get through is all the msg's she has been getting and realizing how many people care about her and loved & respected Mattie. I remember how when LK talked about Mattie she would just LIGHT UP. And how Mattie always loved to stick her nose into LK's hair and breathe deep. How Mattie always rolled in the indoor and goofed around but was all business when it was time to race.