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Page 75 - Percy Peters and the Sick Horse

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1996/12/1 (166 reads)

Percy Peters and the Sick Horse ers will remember Percy's story about the Wild Cow In issue 51 of Cape ''% Readers will remember Percy's story about the Wild Cow In issue 51 of Cape Breton's Magazine, and the one about the horse in the well in issue 64. He told us the following story In March, 1989. Well, here's one I'll tell you, it only happened last year. One of the mares was in the barn here. This is all true. And this mare began to get lame. And she was lame, lame, and lame. And she started to get unsteady gait. She'd wobble with the walk.... That mare, she began to get lame, and we couldn't figure why. So I looked at her and watched her, and I looked at her foot this day. And it seemed to me the hoof was pulled away from the coffin bone. The coffin bone is in on the --inside the hoof. And I always assumed she got hooked in there with a shoe on, and she separated that like I'd separate my fingernail from there. See, and that's all very tender. Well, I'm not saying that caused the ail? ment. And in time, she started to get lame, lame, lame. So finally, she went down. I had the veterinarian, because my grand? daughter (Janice) works with him. And they tagged her over, just couldn't diagnose it. Just--well, it was a peculiar thing. So, this morning we got up. She was out in the field like they are today. And she was lying there comatose. Right flat as that The Mayor Councillors, Staff and Citizens of the Town of Port Hawkesbury send Best Wishes and Thanks to Cape Breton's Magazine on the occasion of your 25th Year! there. I went down. I got over the fence and I called Ja? nice. I said, "Call the veterinarian, Jan." Well, she would anyway. So I went down, and (the mare) was ly? ing like this--flat. So I took my finger and I hit the eye (ball) like that. Well, usually if I put my finger in, you're going to blink. That was just star? ing, just barely moved, inside the eye. And mind you--I'm telling you, and I see it very vividly: the cat and the dog were there, looking down at her. We're very fond of the animals. And they were sitting there--they were just as sad as I was, to see this good mare down. Big mare--you've seen them. And the cat and the dog were sitting, like for watching everything was going on--looking right at her. Not a light in her. And the vet came. Shook his head. I can see him shake his head. I know he and Janice had a little conference to a side. And (the mare) lied there, and lied there. Well, Janice went to the house. I have a grandson works out at the CflOW VAN f00 Fully Licensed Restaurant ??y'mnmml' OPEN DAILY 11 A.M. to 1 A.M. FRI. and SAT. till 2 A.M. SUN. till MIDNIGHT Major Credit Cards Accepted Gift Certificates * Ample Parking Oriental and Canadian Cuisine in a relaxed and elegant dining atmosphere Dally Luncheon Specials Banquet Facilities Available Take Out Orders Delivered A Warm Welcome Excellent Service and Fine Food ' 460 Grand Lake Rd., Sydney 562-0088 or 539-2825
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