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post #11 of 53 Old 02-11-2011, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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I silently lurk a lot of your posts about your escapades with Nelson. My old man was put down fall of 2009, so I'm kind of quietly living vicariously through you & your guy. He seems like quite the trooper.
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post #12 of 53 Old 02-11-2011, 11:05 PM
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I am so sorry Hon :( *HUGS* My heart goes out to you. It must of been terribly hard to let him go. I cannot even come close to imagining what it is like to go through that, but I know one day I will.

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post #13 of 53 Old 02-11-2011, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I was out of the country for a semester abroad when it happened, so that was not a very nice surprise to have to come home to. Unfortunately he was not legally mine, my trainer had basically just handed him over to me as my project horse when I was 16, after he'd spent 2 years just sitting around because his owner didn't have time to deal with a "crazy" horse anymore. So since I was out of the picture at the time, & my trainer had just moved from our barn due to a lot of unneeded drama (& hadn't been able to move Simon with her yet), the barn owner convinced his owner (who hadn't been out to see him in 6yrs) that he should just be put down after he was kicked in the pasture & injured his shoulder. It turned into a VERY ugly situation, & not something I'd wish upon anyone.
Hopefully your boy has MANY years left in him!
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post #14 of 53 Old 02-11-2011, 11:27 PM
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OMG! The poor guy! Was the injury that bad, to end in euthanization?

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post #15 of 53 Old 02-11-2011, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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From what my trainer was told, he basically just had a hematoma. He would have been fine - even if he hadn't been riding sound afterwards, he would have been an extremely well-loved pasture ornament. He was pretty much put down out of spite, since my trainer loved him, & the barn owner was mad at my trainer for leaving & having a lot of clients follow her. Like I said...ugly situation.
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post #16 of 53 Old 02-11-2011, 11:39 PM
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That is absolutely disgusting - how can you live with yourself, after doing something like that. I don't think I could even be aquainted with someone who could do something along those lines.

Poor fellow :( I'm so sorry.

I will never, ever allow Nelson to leave my ownership. I promised him from day 1, that we were stuck together, forever.

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post #17 of 53 Old 02-11-2011, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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I've completely cut ties with that barn & the head trainer. It devastated me to find out that she was that kind of person, since I started riding with her when I was 7, & she is a VERY well-respected trainer & rider. But I'm back with my trainer at a smaller private barn now, so life moves on.

Once I find my next horse (who I will actually OWN this time), I'm making him/her that same promise.
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Is he the fellow in your Avatar?

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post #19 of 53 Old 02-12-2011, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Yep, that's Simon. We were both 18 in that picture. He was 23 when he was put down.
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post #20 of 53 Old 02-12-2011, 10:30 AM
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:( - my heart is broken for you. I bet you greatly regret him. I wish I could take those pangs away for you.

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