11-25-2009, 10:01 AM
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LeapOfFaith- First of all, I am so sorry. I have lost two horses. One was an old mare I tried to rescue. She had been starved all winter, who knew what else. I got medicine from the vet and fed her grain, hay, all the grass she wanted. Everyday I saw her, no matter what, there was never a mean bone in her poor body. I only had her a couple weeks, and she got worse, so we had to put her down. But she taught me a lot of things. I was glad she had the best few weeks of her life...
Then there was Rose. A rescue me, my boyfreind and his family, and neighboors all helped to heal her. She was a gorgeous little 14.3 hh horse. Everyone thought we would end up doing barrels. She was only 4, and I was just starting to work in the round pen with her, finally healthy. When one day, I got lazy and let her out into the field with the others. My gelding accidentally kicked her in the ribs frolicking with another horse. She immediately went down. Rushed her to the vet where she died with her head in my lap.
I was so heartbroke. For three days I couldn't think straight. I prayed to God, Why? Why? She was so young, she was in the prime of her life....
Then I realized, I had reached my dream. Since I lost that old horse, I wanted another rescue so I could teach that horse love and kindness, and trust in humans again. I did that with Rose.
With saying all that, look around at what you and your daughter gave the mare, and in return, what she gave you =] YOU made her life full of love and kindness. She learned what life was really about =] You and your family, as well as your horse will be in my prayers.