Chapter 14

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Mel's POV

I woke up in the middle of the night to a sound I had heard only once before: the shriek of a horse. I quickly threw my blankets off of the bed I'm using and so did the other girls who heard it too. As I sprinted outside I heard skidding tires, but saw nothing. No fire at least, like last time, and I ran into the barn to check the horses. I checked Cowboy first, and I almost threw up at what I saw. Cowboy, laying down in his stall, had a HUGE gash in his side, and his front right leg was obviously broken. There was a note taped to his door. It said:

You took our horse, so we took him back from you.

The note gave me shivers, but I had to get into Cowboy's stall to help him. "Oh boy, I'm so so sorry! You are gonna be okay," I sobbed. Mom and Julie ran over to me, and they gasped at what they saw. "Th-there's a l-letter t-too!" I wailed. "Oh honey, I'm so sorry," Mom said. "We have to help him!" I said. "Sweetie, I'll call the vet, but I don't know if we can help him. He's definitely in a lot of pain right now, we have to do what's best for him," Mom warned me. I know she was preparing me for him to be euthanized, but that couldn't happen. "No, I can't do that to him!" I cried. Mom didn't hear though. She was already on the phone with the vet.

10 minutes later the vet was here, and she said it didn't look good. "Let me do one final examination, and then I will determine what's best for him."

"Well?" I asked hopefully 13 minutes later when the vet finished her examination. "The humane thing to do for him is to euthanize him, but there is a surgery that I know of that can fix this, but it's very expensive and he would have to live in Kentucky for a few months because that's where he would have to go for the surgery,"she said. "Mom, we have to save Cowboy!" I said. "I don't know Mel, it would be kinder to Cowboy to put him to sleep," Mom said. "No. We are saving Cowboy. I'll use all of my savings money! Please Mom please!" I begged. "We've been through too much to just end it now," I said, my voice barely above a whisper. "Ma'am, you need to make your decision now or there won't be any choice but to put him down," the vet warned. A minute later Mom sighed and said,"Fine, he can get the surgery. But, you are working double time now!" Mom said. "Thank you so so much!!" I cried and wrapped Mom in a hug.

10 minutes later Cowboy was loaded into the animal ambulance and was off to Kentucky. "I'm gonna miss him," I said. "I know you will, but he's going to be okay," Mom said. "I hope so."

For the rest of the day I worked with the minis and rode Angel. I was worried about Cowboy. I hope he's going to be okay. I texted Heather about it earlier, and she's coming over this weekend to spend the night with me.

I was laying on the sofa in our living room when I heard the phone ring. I picked it up and answered. "Hi, this is Melody Jones from Century Farms, may I ask who is calling?" "Yes, this is Sarah Cole, director of Silver Silhouette Riding Academy in New York. I have heard from one of my students that Century Farms is one of the best rescue and training barns in the East Coast." Sarah Cole said. I've never heard anybody say we were the best in the East Coast, but hey, I'll take it! "We do have a great training program for rescue horses, and we do training for people, but it's about $200 a month," I said carefully. "Great, because I have 2 new Off The Track Thoroughbreds that have wonderful potential to be eventers, and a will pay you $1000 a month to train both of them. What do you say? Do we have a deal?" Sarah said. "It sounds great, but I need to think it over first. I will call you back tomorrow morning with my decision. We have a lot of horses right now, so I need to make sure we have room. Thank you." I said, and then hung up.

I ran outside to the barn office and told Mom about everything. "We will call her back tomorrow morning to say yes," Mom said. "Great! Can I help train them?" I asked. "Yes. You will be doing all of the training for both of them to earn the money for Cowboy's surgery," Mom said. "Deal."

The next morning I called Sarah back with my decision. "Wonderful! I will send them over on Friday. Thank you, and have a good day,"she said. "Goodbye," I said. I hung up and went outside to go do my training with Angel, Spirit, Rain, and all of the minis.

A/N: hi guys wow I am updating a lot more than I though today! Three chapters in one day this is a first but the chapters are short but still. I can't wait to watch the Kentucky Derby!! I may have gotten a little inspiration from it with the OTTBs. Bye bye enjoy the Kentucky Derby and go Frosted, Firing Line, and American Pharaoh!!!

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