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post #21 of 25 Old 01-15-2010, 09:08 PM
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Wow that Blows!

I totally understand how you feel! No matter how much you know, no matter how much people tell you its not your fault, you still feel like it is....I know, I'm the same way. I can tell your a lot like me, in the sense that you take everything on your shoulders, and always think what if...or why didn't I...

And now its easy for me to say cuz I'm not emotionally attached at this point...but its true...you did EVERYTHING you could these things happen, its sucks, but all you can do is know that you made all the right calls, and did all that you could.

And as far as being jinxed or unlucky....I truely find that sometimes things like this come in packs...you get a bunch of sh*t that just hits the fan, then as quickly as it came, it quiets down....wierd how things work like that.

Hang in their!

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post #22 of 25 Old 01-16-2010, 10:20 AM
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Glad this forum gives you a place to share your vents! that is one of the great things of being part of a forum, having a place to do that! There are a lot of ups and downs to boarding and I'm sorry to hear that you just hit a down. This sadly is just a part of owning a barn. If you stick around in the business it's going to happen again! (is that a depressing thought or what?! :) )
As everyone's already said, sounds like you did your part as a BO and did it well.
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post #23 of 25 Old 01-20-2010, 08:52 AM
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geez im sorry that sucks....

well its better he didnt have to pass there and have to deal with that part of it....

the last horse we lost (we dont board but maybe this will give you a laugh) was sad. he had jogged in the day and later on was getting shoes on and was fine. we got done with the last foot and were getting ready to put him away and he started to go down in the crossties. well long story short after he fell on top of my cousin whos only 5'3" and 150lbs into a cement stall door and put a HUGE lump on his head, he was down completely. we couldnt get him up, nothing. he passed pretty quickly. turned out that it was a blood clot that moved to his brain, so there was really nothing we could do anyway. anyway he was laying in the isle of the barn and the stalls were on one side and it was open on the other, like the outdoor shedrows. so i told my cousin to grab a cooler because people were walking by staring at him (horse people, but of course rumors travel around the track quickly and falsely!) so he got a cooler and laid it out... i turned out and i look at him and laughed.... he said "what?" i pointed at the cooler and yelled "HAPPY RETIREMENT!?" he had grabbed the happy retirement blanket our one gelding had recived when he retired from racing a couple years ago..... ugh... i irony!!!
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post #24 of 25 Old 01-20-2010, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Almagron that was a tad funny..hehe.. I'm sorry you lost your horse though!

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post #25 of 25 Old 01-24-2010, 06:38 PM
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So sorry to hear about that happening, and I think you did your best. In my opinion, you went above and beyond to try to save the boarder's horse.
I have been places where the BO did everything they could for a hurt horse, whether it was their own or not. I have also been to barns where they don't care nearly enough. Trust me, better to care. :)

Unfortunately, these things happen. I don't think you are unlucky, I think whatever is going to happen is going to happen. A couple years ago we had two horses put down in one day. One was young, too. The other was a beloved lesson pony. The pony coliced and was so bad the vet advised just to put down, he wasn't going to recover. He was old. The youngster had a muscle deteriorating disease, so while the vet was out we decided to just have him put down too before he got too bad to where he couldn't stand anymore. At least end his life while he was happy, and not in pain.

It was a hard decision, but one the BO made, and knew she had to make. It sucks, but such is life with horses.
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