Andy Newlon, a 90 year neighbor of NC, was raised with horses. Born in West Virginia, horses were the family's transportation until Andy was in his 20's. Andy bought his own team of colts at age 15 and trained them to harness, then used them to work for a local logging company to contribute to the family's income. Until age 90, he owned many horses, breeding and breaking them to harness. He used horses to do all the farm work, not owning a tractor until in his mid 80's. His favorite pastime was to hook the last horse trained a log in the woods and then turn the horse loose to take the log out to the family-owned sawmill. 'Old Yankee' never lost a log or tangled in the woods, so good was his training.
Andy was acquainted with most of the farmers of the area affected by the flood of 1998, especially the loss of some horses and livestock. When he learned "that kid NC" had acquired an orphan foal and brought it home, Andy declared, "He is going to get his heartbroken, it is too hard to keep an orphan alive under the best of circumstances." Andy had raised one foal after the mother had died, but he had another lactating mare to feed the baby. NC did not have that.
As Andy watched NC care for Casey through one crisis after the other, he would just shake his head and declare, "The next time he will not be so lucky." After a few years, he admitted NC was just too stubborn to let the horse die!
How amazed would Andy be now if he could see the pristine housing NC has arranged for Casey. He was grinning enough over the idea of having to wash down the stall and wash Casey's hay. If he could see the curtains on the windows, a bed with a pillow, air conditioning, toys, etc., Andy would be blown away.
Written by Janet J, Andy Newlon's Daughter
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