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Hendrix

A Horse Called Hendrix

Where Did He Come From?

I was very happy we had successfully penned him. Thank you, Gwendy for helping me put up the pen and close him in. If I tried to than small cuts and
scrapes he looked ok. He was very thin and his mane was full of burrs. He was intact and though still a yearling…fully capable of approaching the sides of the panels, he ran circles high on adrenalin. I eventually used an approach and retreat just to fix the water bucket to the panels and put feed and salt block in there. He acted as if he had never been handled. I figured he was born in a pasture somewhere nearby and no one handled him. I took his picture for a “found horse” sign and called Dickson County Animal Control to see if anyone had reported a missing horse.

I put a flyer up at the Ridge Market and the feed store, left my number with animal control and posted on craigslist. I talked to my 80-year-old neighbor whose land butts up to ours. He said he didn’t know anything about a missing horse. I never heard from anyone from the flyers or internet post.

I put a flyer up at the Ridge Market and the feed store, left my number with animal control and posted on craigslist. I talked to my 80-year-old neighbor whose land butts up to ours. He said he didn’t know anything about a missing horse. I never heard from anyone from the flyers or internet post.

NoteAfter Hendrix had been with us for about a month, I ran into that neighbor again and mentioned the horse. He admitted that yes it was on his farm and some guy had sold two horses for a dollar each. They had dumped them in with my neighbor’s cows. He said the other one was missing too. I’m guessing it was Hendrix’s mother but I never found her. They must have broken through his fences and wondered onto our farm. My neighbor said, “you want him?” I said, “No! I have mares and he’s a stallion…”
“Well, call animal control then…” and he walked away.

Hendrix eating

This was taken in the hay field just before Gwendy and I built the round pen to catch him. I put food out for 2 or 3 days and Johnson Creek is wide enough that he didn’t want to cross it. The other horses were across the creek and about 1/2 mile away so he stayed in the hay field. Our farm is not near any roads and other houses and surrounded by hills so it was a great set up to keep him there until I could pen

I brought the water and I brought the feed. That soon became a big plus in my favor. He started to look for me and walked toward me although not quite close enough to touch. The draw of eating and drinking was too strong in the end and he finished his meals with me sitting 2’ away.