The Last Salute
I knew the first time I saw his picture on the FB sale page that he was meant to be with me. It took a couple of months, vet checks, conversations with his trainer, and convincing my husband that driving 5 states away to try him would be worth it. But I knew from that first moment that Daiwik would become family.
What I didn’t know was how short our time together would be.
I guess you don’t think about the end in the beginning.
He was never easy, I threatened to sell him many times, but his eyes were deep and my heart was his.
Daiwik means “by the grace of God” in Hindu. During our time together I would often joke, “by the grace of God he hasn’t killed me yet” or “by the grace of God, he’s still mine”. But maybe what his name means is that to be in his company is to be touched by the Grace of God.
Daiwik, Mr. Handsome, my boo boo bananas, I can’t thank you enough…
You had multiple homes my friend, and you are loved by many. I am not sure why you choose me as your last partner, but I know that the lessons you taught me will live with me forever. I promise to keep working on patience, and to practice trusting more.
I wish we had more time, there’s so much more for us to experience together. I had such grand plans for us.
Please stay close and keep an eye on me, I need you to kick me in the butt sometimes, but more often I need you to remind me of who I am and what I am capable of. Oh, and peek in on Wizard and Jiji once in a while, they could both use some guidance from you, especially Ji. Stella will miss you as well, you are definitely her favorite.
Uff… this isn’t good bye, this is see you in the next one buddy.
Enjoy your endless pastures and shaded nap spots.
“No heaven can heaven be if my horse isn’t there to welcome me” ~ unknown
Asa Woodman is the founder of the Institute for Equine Assisted Practices and a passionate student of life.