Thursday, September 1, 2011

where cars can't go

30 Comments:

Blogger The Village Queen said...

OMG! What a brave and trusting horse, that was so dangerous. One hole in the pavement or slip and they would have been swimming and in the rushing water. Pretty brave man too. Horses are amazing.

September 1, 2011 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Victoria Nidetch said...

Is not that the one of the greatest traits in our country? If it has to be done someone will find the way to do it! Wonderful rider and horse.

September 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Wow, what a horse! And that was so nice to do. Chill bumps!

September 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

That's what I'm talking about!!! Real horse and man power!!

Stupendous!

Diane in North Carolina

September 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

The resiliancy and ingenuity shown by Vermonters during an event that has torn apart every shred of normalcy in their entire state, is to be admired.
That was a beautiful trust between horse and rider.

September 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

now that there was cool....

September 1, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger onesilentwinter said...

this made me weep

to me this is freedom.

September 1, 2011 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger L-Marie said...

OK! WOW!! I have to say that I was holding my breath through the whole thing. That was just....WOW.

September 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger karental said...

Wow! What trust.

September 1, 2011 at 4:47 PM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Heroes, both of them, to be sure! Bless them both.

September 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Amazing man and horse team! I'm with One silent winter, this one brought tears to my eyes. It's incredible what people will risk to help someone in need.

September 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Sometimes the old ways are the best!

I love how the horse starts whinnying when getting close to coming out of the water. I'm not sure if the horse is saying "here I come!" or "Hooray! Dry land!"
Lisa in Maine

September 1, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

this video made me feel like there were still some cowboys out there... smiles all around!

September 1, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to venture into those waters on my horses. How nice to see such kindness shown by both horse and rider.

September 1, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Amazing the strength of that horse, to fight that current and carry a rider. I know I couldn't do the equivalent. They both seem so calm, they must have lots of practice crossing rivers.

September 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Pretty cool video!

Grace and Peace,

John

September 1, 2011 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Awesome! :D Makes me miss my horse...

This is where you elbow someone who says horses are worthless creatures, and say, "I told you so!". ;) No vehicle could have possibly made it through those waters. Horsepower beats all, hands down. Thanks for sharing that.

September 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

yup, that's what I like to see. Thanks for sharing that.

September 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

give a horse a good rider.. rider a good horse.. together they can do anything :)

September 1, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

denise: AMEN!

September 1, 2011 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

I hope you realize that not every horse can do that. And neither can every rider. They are both seasoned to perfection. How cool. Love it...

September 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Impressive, and all's well that ends well, but... I was worrying about the horse's safety. I wonder how he knew it would be safe to take the horse across that?

September 1, 2011 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Well that says it all!

September 1, 2011 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

What a good, trustworthy, equine soul!

September 2, 2011 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Jenna, there are lots of cowboys. Most of them are just a wee bit south of you!

Just lovely. I get to see more than my fair share of such man/animal relationships, and it is ALWAYS a privilege.

September 2, 2011 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger Deltaville Jamie said...

One more reason why I think we need to forget cars and go back to horses... they are the original "green vehicle" no gas useage and what goes in comes out as compost.

September 2, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Chance said...

Have ta say, I have been proud to be a Vermonter, real proud in the aftermath of the hurricane. People hiking up over Killington Mountain, the zip lines rigged over the gorge, the 90 year olds who broke open their root-and-can cellars to feed people, Jericho Settlers Farm rescuing its sheep by kayak, the people who turned up for the emergency harvest at Digger's Mirth farm, the pig capture volunteers in the mud at another farm.

There were the resturants in the cut-off towns that opened and served as the (free) community feeding centers, the contracter in town that just got to work after the hurricane and built a bridge over the road in 3 days.

Countless other examples -- no waiting around for FEMA, people just did it. And yes. the horse and his rider, that's the first time I cried at the resilince of my state. There have been many more.

Vermonters are resilient but the farms washed away. Many of the washed away farms were the small-holding pastured animal farms we love so much.

Jenna, is it okay if I post information on how to donate to the Vermont Farm fund or how to volunteer if you are around here?

September 2, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Awesome! What a pair. Was there an article that went with that video?

Speaking of the storm damage, Grist (a Seattle-based ezine I subscribe to) ran an article on damage to farmers in the northeast, particularly the hard-hit New York and Vermont areas:

http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-09-01-irenes-damage-not-overrated-for-farmers

At the bottom, there's a request to write them if you are a farmer in the northeast with your assessment/view of the damage. Thought you might want to chime in on that, Jenna.

September 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Chance said...

http://www.greenmountaingarlic.com/in-the-garlic/crop-mobs-save-vermont-farms-in-the-wake-of-hurricane-irene/

Here's a report on crop mobs saving farmer's crops in Vermont.

September 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

Ok, I've read some of the comments and yes, I agree that that horse is great and trusting. But, who would put their horse in that kind of situation? Why not just get a boat? That horse could have been swept away and killed. I would think the rider would think about his horse's safety too.

September 4, 2011 at 4:44 PM  

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