She may have questioned it occasionally, but not once did she ever lose her will to live.
As I led her out of her stall this morning, Faith appeared somewhat stiff. She tripped in the aisle but caught herself in time, her head leaning into my shoulder for support. Obviously worried about the possibility of another weakness-related incident, I very carefully led her outside towards her turnout area, but as we walked on she seemed to improve. I hoped (er, prayed,) it was just a fluke. As we rounded the corner of the barn, Faith began trotting up the hill in front of me, eager for some fresh air, a roll around in the sand, and a flirtation session with the boys. I kept a close eye on her all afternoon, and she seemed comfortable, content and relaxed. As dinnertime approached, she began trotting back and forth along the fence, wounding all of her boyfriends up into a frenzy!
Our 4-H Club has been keeping track of Faith's progress. At our past meetings, I have taught them how to check a horse's vital signs, how to weigh and measure them, causes and symptoms of colic, and how to wrap legs. Faith has been our "model" for quite a few of the lessons, and she certainly enjoys the company and attention she has received from our club.
Here is a picture of the gang! Faith just refused to put her ears up for the camera!
I am overjoyed to say that Faith has been making steady improvements. She still has her ups and downs, but overall she has continued to fight and push forward.