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Advertisement Greycee, the young mare, ain't what she used to be, but at least she can stay home
by Dan Brawner Columnist · August 17th, 2017


You can't blame Greycee for making such a fuss. All she wanted was to stay with her people in Iowa.

Greycee had lived her whole life in Ottumwa. The six-year-old Arabian mare probably thought everything was going well until her owner, Megan Cook, up and sold her to somebody in Texas. She was packed into a single-stall horse trailer and was given some hay to munch on before bidding farewell to Ottumwa forever. The window of the trailer was left open, giving the spirited mare one last look at her happy home. Cook turned away to attend to other horses when she heard a terrible commotion, only to find Greycee with her head and front feet hanging out of the window.

At last look, the video of Greycee's ordeal on Facebook had been seen by nearly two million people. Some were critical of Cook's handling of the situation. Others poured out their sympathy for the frightened horse. In what must have been a moment of panic, Cook called 911.

Normally, a person calls 911 if their house is on fire or they're having a heart attack, not for awkward situations involving livestock.

"911. What's your emergency?"

"It's my horse. I think she's anxious about moving to Texas."

"Thank goodness, you called us just in time! We'll send an ambulance immediately."

Actually, Cook didn't say what happened when she called 911, but when she called her cousin, he showed up with a tractor to lift Greycee back into the trailer. This also did not go well. Having managed to get her front half to freedom with considerable difficulty and discomfort, the elegant mare was not about to be shoved back into that little box with a manure loader.

As comical as it looked with Greycee hanging out of her trailer, Cook and others worried that the horse might, in a moment of desperation, try to jump out and break its leg. Accustomed to racing around in the wide-open spaces of the pasture, Greycee was frantic to get free.

Farm animals can do the darndest things. Recently, Confession, an 11-month-old bull from Hartley, got stuck in a tractor tire. His owner, Todd Vogel of Weeping Fox Ranch, posted a video of Confession wearing the enormous tire around its waist like a fanny pack.

"Bulls that age are like teenage boys," Vogel told the Iowa City Press Citizen. "They have endless energy and they're not happy 'til they're rolling something on the ground."

It was a bit touchy separating the exuberant, adolescent - and sharp-horned - Hereford from its newly acquired, um, attire. But, with patience, Confession was free again and the next day he was back happily playing with his tractor tire.

Eventually, Greycee the mare grew impatient with the ineffective fumbling of her human handlers and, with a mighty effort, leapt backwards into the trailer and bolted out the door into sweet freedom, a little bloody, but unbroken.

The bad news is that the fancy Arabian was now imperfect and the sale to the Texas buyer fell through. The good news for Greycee was that she now gets to stay in her beloved home in Iowa. And how perfect is that?
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