Don't Cry for the Horses

by Brenda Riley-Seymore

A good friend of mine, someone I grew up with, lost one of her most cherished horses. A wonderfully bad tempered Thoroughbred named "CJ." He went down in his stall, and my friend Rosie called her vet. It didn't look good, so in a desperate effort to save him, Rosie decided to take every cent she had and rush him to an Emergency Vet Clinic for surgery. With the help of friends, and my boyfriend Tim, we fought to get him on his feet. We pushed, pulled and shoved and finally got him loaded into the horse trailer. Tim drove us there as fast as he could, and somehow CJ managed to stay on his feet. We arrived at the clinic where the emergency team was waiting for us, and unloaded CJ. Even in one of Life's most dramatic moments CJ came out of that horse trailer with a mouthful of hay. Old CJ wasn't passing up what might be his last meal. If he had felt better, he probably would have taken a bite out of one of us for good measure. We led him inside the examining room. Tests quickly showed that CJ was in serious trouble and had little hope of surviving the surgery. Without the surgery he would surely die. While Rosie was taking a few moments to decide what the best thing to do for CJ was, CJ made the decision for her. He went down for the last time and lay quietly. I will never forget the look of acceptance in those soft brown eyes as the vet ended his suffering. On the way home, as Tim drove, hauling the empty horse trailer behind us, I sat with part of CJ's tail in a plastic bag in my lap. All of us cried. In the silence this poem came to me. This poem is dedicated to Rosie, Tim, Dale, CJ, Waco, Spot, Smokey, Buff, and Possum, as it is to all of you that have ever lost a beloved horse.

"Don't Cry for the Horses"

by Brenda Riley-Seymore

Don't cry for the horses

That life has set free

A million white horses

Forever to be

Don't cry for the horses

Now in God's hands

As they dance and they prance

To a heavenly band

They were ours as a gift

But never to keep

As they close their eyes

Forever to sleep

Their spirits unbound

On silver wings they fly

A million white horses

Against the blue sky

Look up into heaven

You'll see them above

The horses we lost

The horses we loved

Manes and tails flowing

They Gallop through time

They were never yours

They were never mine


Don't cry for the horses

They will be back someday

When our time has come

They will show us the way

On silver wings they will lift us

To the warmth of the sun

When our life is over

And eternity has begun

We will jump the sun

And dance over the moon

A Ballet of horses and riders

on the winds

to a heavenly tune

Do you hear that soft nicker

Close to your ear?

Don't cry for the horses

Love the ones that are here

Don't cry for the horses

Lift up your sad eyes

Can't you see them

As they fly by?

A million white horses

Free from hunger and pain

Their spirits set free

Until we ride again