How I Found Love: A Horse Short Story

by Katniss

I snorted. What's that sound? I asked myself. The night was chilly and the forest was very still and quiet. I moved my ears around, hoping to hear it again. Then I heard it.

It wasn't far away and it sounded like someone, a human, was crying. I shook my head and laid it against my body to stay warm. I closed my eyes and tried to go back to sleep.

"Momma!! Daddy!" A little girl's cry jolted me awake. I glared out into the darkness.

I hated humans. When I was 3 years old, I was sent to a slaughter house. But then a rich man bought me and took me to what he called 'Happy Trails Stables'. There was nothing 'happy' about that place. I was used as a horse that got ridden by mean people on boring trails that stretched for miles in one direction.

When they were done ridding me for the day, I was put into a jail-like stall that was so small I couldn't even turn around. There were many other horses like me there that were abused by the humans.

Then one night, one of the hired hands was drunk and he forgot to lock me in my stall. I got out and raced away as fast as I could. So here I am.

Alone for almost a year and it has been glorious... Other than being very lonesome, I'm happy to be finally free.

The crying of the girl brought me back to the present.

"Momma! Momma!!"

I shook my head and tried to fall asleep again. But I couldn't. What was I doing? Just because some humans ruined my life... Does that mean that ALL people are bad?? What if the girl was in trouble? She was calling for her parents so maybe she's lost.

I thought about what to do. Part of me wanted to leave her alone, but then the other part of me wanted to go see if she was okay. I stood up and started walking in the direction of her crying. Might as well find out what her problem is.

I stepped around a fallen down tree and stopped in shock. The little girl stared back at me. Her face was wet with tears and her clothes were dirty. She was sitting on the ground and her leg was caught in a trap!!

I quickly recognized it as a foot trap that hunters used to catch wolves and coyotes. I could smell the stench of wolf on the trap. Oh how I didn't like those dogs!!

I moved closer to her and her eyes got big.
"Your so black." She said. I couldn't help smiling a little. Her big eyes were so cute. I examined the trap and saw that it was fastened to the fallen down tree by a long wire. I suddenly had an idea.

I put the wire in my mouth and tried to bite it in half. Ugh!! That hurts the teeth. I spit it out and began pawing at it.

The girl watched me.
"Yes!! If you can break the wire then I'm not stuck here and then I could crawl back home because I don't think I can walk on this leg. " she said excitedly.

Then she suddenly saddened. "Oh what will my parents say? I shouldn't have run off like that. I'm awfully sorry for getting mad at my momma." She burst into tears again.

I pawed harder at the wire. It wasn't very thick and I could feel it getting weaker. Then it suddenly snapped in two. Hurrah!! I nickered. The girl dried her tears and tried to stand up.

"Ooooww!!" She screamed and fell back down, bursting into tears again. I brushed my nose over her blonde head. Stop crying. I said, even though I knew she didn't understand me. After all, I was a horse and she was a human.

I looked down at her leg. It was bloody and the trap had sunk deep into her leg. I laid down beside her and nodded to my back. Get on, I'll take you home. I nickered softly to her.

She dried her eyes and looked at me. Then she pulled her self over to my back and crawled on. She sat up on my back and held onto my long mane.
"Take me home, my knight in shining armor." She giggled. I stood up. She urged me forward.

"I live in the white ranch house straight north of here a couple of miles. I'll show you there." She urged me to walk faster. I could hardly tell I was carrying her. She was so light.

"I like you. I've always wanted a horse of my own but Momma and Daddy didn't have the money for one. And guess what? You don't cost anything and I want to keep you. How would you like that? You'd have a great big pasture with lots of grass. I'm sure Dusty, she's my miniature pony, would be happy to have you as a pasture pal. And I'd feed you oats and I'd ride you every day." The girl prattled on.

I listened intently. There was something about her that I liked. Maybe my dream is coming true. Maybe I WILL have a ranch and a family of my very own. I'd love it if the girls parents let me stay with her. And a little pony for company? I hope she's nice.

It wasn't long before we arrived at the white ranch house. There was a light on in the one window.

"My parents are still awake!" The girl whispered to me. She made me stop in front of the deck to the front door.

"Momma!! Daddy!! I'm home!" She called loudly. The door swung open and a kindly looking man and lady ran out.

"Emma!! Where have you been?" They asked at the same time. The man polled Emma off of my back and held her tight in his arms.

"I'm sorry I got mad and runaway." She said, tears were in her eyes. Her mother took her hand.
"We forgive you, dear. We were so worried when you didn't show up for supper. " The lady said. Emma showed them her leg.

"Oh no! Does it hurt badly?" Her mother asked as she carefully examined the leg. Emma nodded.
"Let's get her inside. I'll call doc Evens right know. " The father turned to go into the house.

"Wait!!" Emma stopped him. She pointed at me and the parents stared at me as if they had just seen me for the first time. "He came to my rescue. He broke the wire and let me get on his back and he took me home." She said. "Pllleeease can we keep him?" She asked. I stood as straight as I could.

"Yes!!"The father blurted out. " He saved our little Emma so we'll give him a good home." The mother nodded.

"I agree." She smiled at me. They walked closer to me. Emma wrapped her arms around my neck.

"Welcome home Prince. " she whispered in my ear.


THE END

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Oct 24, 2017
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LOVE IT
by: Eliza/horselover06

Please keep writing. This is super! I wanna be an author too.

Jan 20, 2015
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Thanks!
by: Katniss

Thanks Elizabeth! I like that idea. And I can't wait till your story comes out!! I still have a lot to do for my story so it won't come out for a awhile. Maybe, since we both want to be authors someday, we could help each other out with ideas for stories or give pointers to each other on how a spot in the story could have been done a little different. If it's okay with you. :)

Jan 19, 2015
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Well
by: Elisabeth

I may have one idea, the horse should have twins and one of them dies. I am working on a Summer story, but it might be a while before I try to post it. I can't wait 'til your next story comes out!!!!! It sounds way totally AWESOME!!!!

Jan 15, 2015
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Stories
by: Katniss

I totally want to be a writer when I get older too!!! I've written a lot of different stories (not all of them are about horses though because I also like to write stories about adventures on ranches with all sorts of different farm animals involved. And I really really like writing stories of where people where helped by an animal or where the people helped save the animals.. Anyways...)

I have only posted 2 stories on here so far but I'm thinking up a new one.... I think I'll call The Secret Horse or something. But it'll be about a girl who's father hates horses and won't allow any horse on his cattle ranch. (He hates horses because his wife was killed when she was thrown from a young gelding she had been training. His wife died when the girl was a baby.... ) Well, the girl really wants a horse.... And she ends up finding a wild mare hiding in a bush. The mare is giving birth and she is very very sickly. As soon as the foal is born , the mare dies. And, well, I won't spoil it for you....

Any thoughts to maybe add to the story?? : )

Jan 14, 2015
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Thx
by: Elisabeth

Thanks, I love to write! When I get a little older I want to be a published writer. I have written a story called Sure As Shootin', but I wasn't able to have the last part put on the website because my computer wasn't able send it. What other story have you written? Your stories keep me SO interested!

Jan 13, 2015
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Cool!
by: Katniss

Hi Elisabeth! Wow! You want to be a writer too? That's super cool!

Jan 11, 2015
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CRAZY GOOD!
by: Elisabeth

I know u said that u weren't gonna make another part but you have so many amazing thing left to put in the story! If-when u become an author I will totally buy every single epic one of ur books! I actually want to be an author too!
Anyway, ur story was so amazing I had to drop a comment! Keep writing! Look forward to seeing one of ur books soon!

Jan 11, 2015
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Realy Good
by: Anonymous

I really got into this story, I love the storyline :) well done

Jan 11, 2015
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Please tell me your thoughts!!
by: Katniss, the author

Please comment!! I'm a wanna-be-book-writer and I need feed back from my readers! Please give your honest opinion.... I'm okay with negative responses. But if you thought anything should have been changed or if anything should have been written differently I would really appreciate it. Thanks :)

Jan 11, 2015
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Please tell me your thoughts!!
by: Katniss, the author

Please comment!! I'm a wanna-be-book-writer and I need feed back from my readers! Please give your honest opinion.... I'm okay with negative responses. But if you thought anything should have been changed or if anything should have been written differently I would really appreciate it. Thanks :)

Jan 10, 2015
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Nice story story
by: Sydney from HorseCrazyGirls.com

I like the voice and the pace of this story. It's nicely written. I broke some of the paragraphs up to make it easier to read, but other than that well done!

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