Anyway, it was a very tough decision. I'm really mad at myself that it came to this, that I wasn't home to see him getting worse because I was gone for school, that I didn't somehow get him in sooner even though my parents were paying and keeping him for me, that I didn't notice he wasn't stepping perfectly, or all the other things I could have done to at least prolong his performance and comfort a few more years. But it is what it is, and I made the decision to put him down now, instead of inevitably 2 or 3 years down the road. He wasn't ridable, even with his daily bute, and he was just starting to have this cranky attitude. That wasn't my Beau. I've only got room for 2 horses where I board, and so I figured I could at least start working with my yearling colt and put my time and money into him. And let Beau go.
I was very thankful that my parents took him home to the farm for me, where a local and trusted vet came out to put him to sleep. My dad buried him in one of our pastures with our pay loader.
I saved a big braid out of his big beautiful tail, and it's hanging on my apartment wall, next to his halter, next to a painting of him I got as a gift last year.
Although a painful process, I have resolved from it that my horses will never go a year without getting a complete health examination. Because I never want this to happen again. I'm on my own now and I can spend my money where I want. Red and Shotgun are going to be spoiled brats when it comes to healthcare. And we're starting off with the dentist on Tuesday!
Anyway, I've been meaning to make this for a while, and I was inspired by everyone else posting their videos.
So here's to Ravishing Beau. I miss the big guy.
April 30, 1998 to September 21, 2012