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post #21 of 29 Old 10-27-2013, 02:04 PM
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I'm so sorry for you. It's so much easier to decide when it's something urgently traumatic.

It's a balancing act. You know your horse - what will keep him happy and what will make him depressed and anxious. When the bad days are BAD, or outweigh the good you will know.

On a practical side, think of the disposal over the winter. Is it a lot more difficult in your situation in the winter than in the fall? In my area, we can do it almost anytime, as long as there isn't too much snow. So, if I can plan, I plan between April and December. Jan - March are notoriously snowy months. In your situation you may have to consider snow or frozen ground or maybe it's not an issue at all.

Your horse is in good, loving hands.
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post #22 of 29 Old 10-27-2013, 07:40 PM
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Oh , I'm so sorry :( he will tell you when to let him go. Just look him in the eyes and ask. It's hard to explain, but those kind eyes can say so much. I'm so sorry :(
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post #23 of 29 Old 11-04-2013, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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The last 7-10 days have been very difficult,

Elwood remained in good spirits and acted very much as always.

Always hungry and anxiously awaiting hay, he now recognized the coolers I brought with soaked pellets and cubes as what he got to eat. And anxiously waited, nickering as I mixed up his hydration hay.

I asked and the BO were more than willing to bury him in the field out back, said I could put a marker on a fencepost. They and their families have excavating equipment, the appointment was set for Sat Nov 2nd.

Over the week Elwood began to keep his tongue sticking out the other side of his mouth, he did continue turn-out as he did not attempt to eat any of the round bale after the first day. But it rained heavily Wed. and Thurs. There was slight bleeding, and one day a larger amount. He was somewhat confused though I think, didn't know what was going on - that I could see in his eye like COL said.

Saturday morning when I got there he was covered in blood, I could not speak, I brushed him up as best I could and we went to the arena for a little groundwork.

I have not put anything on his nose in a long time now, only a neck rope. We had a nice little session, figure eights, sidepassing, direction changes, all perfect at last.

My daughter was there, the vet arrived. Elwood and I walked to the back of the field and they came along in the Kubota shortly. He never did stand for shots well. He put up a pretty good fight for the sedation, true to himself to the end. Once sedated, then the solution.

After he was down the vet showed us the tumor, hard as rock, size of a large baked potatoe, with the laceration from the corn stem now pushed al the way to the front. Poor boy.

And my son arrived with the wooden cross, burned with his name. I left but he stayed and helped with the burial.

And so I have lost 3 very recently.

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post #24 of 29 Old 11-04-2013, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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My husband, his little crippled dog, and Elwood:

Steve carrying Little Ricky to the barn DSCN3028_253.jpg

Died Sept 28 2012, Steve
Steve pic from Smith.jpg

Died Sept 21 2013, Little Ricky
Little Ricky.jpg

Died Nov 2 2013, Elwood
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painting Ann riding Elwood by Vandy.jpg

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post #25 of 29 Old 11-04-2013, 10:05 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss anddakev...he was a beautiful boy, as were your husband and dog. I can't imagine the pain you must be feeling right now, but know that you did the right thing and Elwood is now painless and tumor free.
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post #26 of 29 Old 11-04-2013, 10:30 AM
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I'm sorry... Now they can all ride together in heaven, waiting for you to join them :) all things happen for a reason, I think. Your husband's soul flew, and his dog followed to keep him company, and now dear Elwood is going to tell them how much you love them. Just remember that they are not gone, just taking the next step life offers. Life is not scary, and neither is death, it's just the transition that bothers us. Just stay strong, and remember that they are happy, and waiting for you, so you can all move along together. :) and you made the right decision, and I'm sure he was thankful for it.

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post #27 of 29 Old 11-04-2013, 02:33 PM
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I'm so sorry.He was a stunning horse :). I can't even begin to imagine how much losing him hurt you. But he's in a better place now. RIP.
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I am so sorry for your losses. Elwood was such a beautiful horse.
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post #29 of 29 Old 11-10-2013, 12:02 AM
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I'm so sorry for your loss

What a beautiful boy.
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