Neigh-bours are re-united by horse

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, My beau­ti­ful big horse Ri­ley broke into my feed shed and ate some chicken food. He be­came des­per­ately ill with colic and then lamini­tis. Just be­fore New Year, af­ter three days and three vet vis­its, he be­came life-threat­en­ingly ill.

Very late at night the vet was called. I didn’t hold out much hope but the young vet ap­peared and quickly set to work. He toiled dili­gently into the night and came back at first light the next day to see my poorly but more sta­ble horse.

It’s still early days for Ri­ley’s re­cov­ery, but all signs are good and he’s back to his quirky self.

But the strange thing is that I and the young vet started to talk about the weather and he said he lived out­side For­far and there had only been a light sprin­kling of snow. To which I said: ‘Oh, my mum lives in Fort Wil­liam and she has four inches.’

He stopped in his tracks and said: ‘I don’t be­lieve it. I’m from In­ver­roy by Roy Bridge.’

So, the lovely young vet who came to our res­cue that night, now liv­ing hun­dreds of miles from home, was treat­ing the horse of a wo­man, also hun­dreds of miles from home, and they only lived about 10 miles apart when they were grow­ing up. So, just to say a mas­sive thank you to vet, Robert Stra­chan. Su­san Dun­can and Ri­ley, Ar­broath.

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