Tex

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Tex

Belgian Gelding

Retired Pulling Champion

Age: 16

Height: 20.3 hands

Weight: 2,800 lbs.

Upon seeing our horses for the first time, Blue Star visitors often are awestruck by their size. We’ll stop our work in the barn to remark, “Have you seen Tex yet?”

Tex certainly is our biggest horse, standing 6’ 8″ just at the withers/shoulders. Perhaps it’s no surprise that among those fascinated by his stature have been representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records, who have traveled to the farm to measure him. It’s believed that he once was one of the top three biggest horses in the world, and he currently is among the top five. But to us, he’s just Tex, ambassador for the farm and for big horses everywhere.

Tex arrived at Blue Star late in the summer of 2012 and within just a few short few weeks became the leader of our big herd, which consists of horses over or nearly over 18 hands.

At first he was full of anxious energy, confused and a bit hesitant in letting us handle him. With the help of the other big Belgian horses on the farm he came into his own and has since become one of the nicest and calmest leaders our ever-changing herd has known.

He has also became more trusting of people and even has begun going out in his harness to practice driving and pulling logs. He loves to ride and even run fast when he feels like it, and we think it may be his most favorite thing to do! Every once in a while you can see Tex running and jumping, rolling and playing in the paddock, but most times he is quietly eating hay, and visiting people at the fence.

Due to having been moved so much in his midlife and having finally adjusted so well here as well as having found such great purpose with us, Tex will live out his life here in a home in which he has grown to be so comfortable.

Tex loves the routine he has, coming in twice a day to be fed lots of really high-fat nutritious food.

We are sorry to report that he does have the early onset stages of equine lymphedema in his back left hind leg. It will require more intensive care, careful diet and exercise throughout the rest of life, with wrapping and deep tissue massage to keep his leg as healthy as can be. Exercise will also be very important for him, and, as his disease progresses, he will let us know how much he can do.

We are so proud of how far Tex has come along in his adjustment here. He loves meeting new people and will walk to the fence if he sees visitors – unless he is napping, something he loves to do quite a lot. It’s hard work to keep his young herd of big horses in line but he does it so well. Every evening, when the sun is setting, you can see him walking the perimeter of his Paddock Paradise fence line, making sure everything is as it should be. For us all.

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Tex and Paul are both gone now. I am still reeling from losing Paul and now another “bigger than life” four legged friend, Tex. The night before last I rushed to be with Tex in the middle of the night. I felt the awful anxiety of heading for a fall, a long drop, the floor coming out from under me with nothing that I can do but take the ride. When I got to him he had been down with others trying to get him up. He was tired and he wouldn’t help us help him, I have been through this before but I am never ready for it. For a moment my mind raced with the possibility that he would leave us. I couldn’t accept it and kept telling him to get up, to try, to NOT leave us. Tommy stood by, Tommy the Shire, Tex’s most devoted protege was staring, trying in his own way to help too. Blue and Star were there too, I didn’t realize that the girls had already bonded with Tex in the wake of losing their “leaders” Shift and Neno, now they were looking at another one leaving them. They both strained and sniffed and tried to make sense of it all too. All of the others anxiously stood or paced or waited in the background. I held Tex’s head and told him to get up, we need you, we love you, please don’t leave us yet, it is going to get so much better still.