Mr. Big’s story explains why horses want to be at Reigning Grace Ranch.
In late 2019 he became seriously ill. In other settings even a compassionate owner likely would have concluded that his time was up.
On one trip to a veterinarian he collapsed coming out of the trailer because his throat had closed up. An emergency tracheotomy was performed in the parking lot.
For the next two months ranch hand Krisan Milostan worked around the clock to keep his trach clean. She recalls one night in her relentless effort:
“It was 3 o’clock one morning. I was trying to give him a shot of antibiotics. I went to poke him and he bumped me on the ground and bent the needle. I fell to my knees, burst into tears and I cried out to the Lord, ‘Why me, I can’t do this on my own. I need help’. As clear as day He spoke to me and said, ‘All you need is me, lean into me. In me you are strong!’ Then Mr. Big came over and laid his head on mine and let out a big sigh.”
Mr. Big recovered. He’s back in the herd. While he was too kind and gentle to be a cowboy’s ranch horse, he’s a crowd favorite with his kind eyes, his sheer size, and his beautiful grulla coloring. In Krisan’s words: “What a comeback story! God is amazing and works miracles. Our story is living proof. Happy trails!”