This is the heart warming story of Faaji, a 24-year old Arabian horse and his devoted owner Margaret.
Margaret rode as a child but never owned her own horse.
When she was looking for a horse a friend showed Faaji (fah-gee) to her. She was persuaded to continue her horse search but she kept coming back to him. He was 7 years old and she could see his heart and soul.
Faaji started out cow penning . Then he switched to endurance horse riding. Some of the horseback riding is as long as 100 miles.
Then they started dressage.
Faaji was first injured on a simple trail ride. The next time he became ill he had colic and had to have stomach surgery . The third time he foundered.
Vets at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine were used each time.
Margaret’s son Ben also rode Faaji. He rode him both western and trail rides.
Margaret and Ben both had cancer at the same time and Faaji was a great source of comfort.
Sadly, Ben passed away. Today, Margaret and Faaji ride in events that spotlight cancer in honor of Ben.
Cindy Frachek who teaches dressage at the Park Lane Equestrian Center in Dallas nursed Faaji back to health. Cindy is a wonderful teacher to the girls and women that take horseback riding lessons from her.