I stand in my stall and am filled with gratitude for the roof over my head, the hay and grain that seems so plentiful and my fresh water. Different humans seem to come and go here 7 days a week, every morning and every night to take care of us….I like them all! I especially like the little and medium size humans, they are referred to as “ranchers” here at Wings of Hope Ranch. I really turn on the charm when they come in the barn. I nod my head and pick up things with my mouth and make them giggle. I try to get them to pick me over the other horses to brush and ride. It feels so good to get brushed. Sometimes I roll in the mud extra so it takes them a lot longer to get me cleaned up! If they only knew!

The ranchers (all sizes) are impressed with my size, strength, and markings. That is why they named me Samson! They named me after the big dude, Samson, you know, in the bible.. He had long hair and could take on a whole army with a little bone as a weapon or kill a lion like it was a walk in the park. I have long luxurious hair too! You should see my mane and tail! Samson is a good name for me all right! I take care of ALL of the mares here. They rely on me to keep watch over them. Some say I look like one of those Budweiser Clydesdales…silly humans. I am a Missouri Fox Trotter, much more unique than a Clydesdale! The funny thing is, sometimes I hear the bigger humans telling the ranchers about me. Or sometimes they tell guests that are visiting the Ranch about me. I hear them whisper a lot. I can’t make out what they are saying but it is something about me being saved from being “put down”? I don’t know what that means but I don’t like the sound of it. I guess that is why they are whispering about it? I came from a place where I had one human, not a whole bunch like here. I guess things got tough and she had to let me come here to live. While I miss her, I am glad to be here and am glad I didn’t find out what being “put down” means. I have a lot more living to do!

Well, I gotta get back to my job now, taking care of the mares! I gotta keep an eye on that little Blossom. She is a trickster and can get in all kinds of trouble. I also need to let my ranchers brush me and ride me. I take good care of them and make sure I walk slowly so they stay up on my back. I only give the big humans a hard time, the ones that need to learn patience and confidence…those I nudge around a bit with my nose to make them react a little stronger, you know…”see what they are made of”. It’s fun being me.

I would love to answer any questions you may have for me here….I have a little box at Wings of Hope Ranch where you can put questions in, called “Questions for Samson”. (Not hard to figger out). I read through them when it is quiet in the barn at night and then I answer them back with my best advice. Hope to hear from you!