Story of our horse During a
difficult childhood with my parents separated, I went to live with my father on the age of 15, after
a whole life between horses and after a
period of rest I wanted to have my own horse again. During my search I met
Argonaut. There was immediately a click between us, he was still a young foal.
With the approval of both parents I took all my savings to buy him. But when I
arrived at my father’s place, Argonaut was no longer welcome by the fact that
he was a stallion and according to my father this would cause too much
problems. Argonaut was not welcome and wasn’t allowed to come of the trailer. I
told my father that if Argonaut couldn’t stay, he has to put us both on the
street. So I went back to live with my mother where Argonaut could stay on the
meadow. Every day I worked for at least 2 to 3 hours with him. As a result, we have built up a huge band
together. Every time that I went to the
meadow he followed me anywhere with his head to my shoulder.
At the age of 3
and a half and after working a lot
together, I learned to saddle him.
Around that time I went to live in Normandy
(France) because I took a job there where I could start working with horses.
I planned to take Argonaut with
me, but all went wrong when they wanted to put him on the horse truck. A big
truck that transport a lot of horses from Brussels to Normandy. The loading of Argonaut didn’t went smooth enough so when I turned my
back, after taking some personal stuff, I saw four man trying to load him by knocking
on him with whips. I immediately interfered and cancelled our departure together.
Later that day I had a trailer arranged from friends to transport him
back home but there it all went wrong. It took us one hour to load him very gently and after 500meters of
driving, he destroyed the trailer completely and he got seriously wounded at
After giving him all the necessary care, I took Argonaut with a friend
and we started our way back home by foot.
It took us 60 km and two days of
walking. His wound healed well but he has suffered a trauma of
A year after that
I had a major accident on the street
where I almost lost my leg. After 5 operations I was lucky to keep my leg but the
riding didn’t worked out well and the jumping, something he was really fond of,
unfortunately was no longer possible for me.
Many solutions were searched. My former partner who
also did horseback riding was afraid of him only for the fact that he was a
stallion. The horse however has a character of gold. After wavering a lot I decided to neuter
him for her but shortly after than she left me. For a while I was paying someone to train him but most
of my money went to it and it wasn’t sustainable for me considering that I
couldn’t work than because of the
rehabilitation of my leg that took me more than 2 years.
With his talent and his love for jumping and
by seeing him as a young horse grieving because he couldn’t no longer do this
anymore, I decided with a broken heart to sell him and hoping that he would get
all the necessary that he deserved. A professional rider sold him
for me but I never had the chance to meet the buyers. After a few years
my situation got better and I wanted to have contact again, which I wanted from
in the beginning but I never got the opportunity. I started my search for him a
few years ago but after several times of asking for the identity of the new
owners I didn’t received a lot of cooperation.
Eventually 2 years ago and thanks
to the help of Linda m. Gould, creator of Celtic Connection holistic dog food
and giver of different workshops around animal healing, we found Argonaut
back in Greece where he still is.
We have visited him twice
for a week and now the Greek owners want to sell him. After 8 years of missing him and with
unbearable moments for me, I would not give up the chance to get him back.
The owners know that the
relationship between the horse and me is very strong and that's why they have
given us a month to buy him back. They have paid him € 20000 back in the days.
We need € 10000 to buy him
back and there also costs for the transportation. A good friend of us is so
kind to let us use his trailer to get him back. We will do the transportation
to be sure what happens to him and certainly after the transportation trauma he
had in the past. However,
we still miss 7500 €.
If they sell him to somebody else we fear for his health because his
jumping years are almost over and we do
not know with his condition and the economic situation there, what is going to
happen with him.
He now stays at least 23 hours of the
day on stable and this during a whole year. The only time he comes out is for
jumping. Because of the dry climate in Greece they have no green meadows as what
he’s been used when he was raised in Belgium. Thereby he has almost no physical
contact with other horses. He has a lot of stress symptoms
such as sucking air. We
want to do everything to get him back to Belgium so he can enjoy life with our
other 2 horses and where he doesn’t need to work anymore.
We made an account for people who want to help us raising the 7500€.
The Belgium account No. IBAN: BE65 7360
1538 7496 and bic: KREDBEBB.
Thank you so much
for helping our horse to come back home!!