12-03-2012, 11:42 AM
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Thank you to everyone for the heartfelt responses.
As far as an autopsy (I've done my fair share of necropsies over the years)...I'd certainly have one done if I wasn't already overloaded caring for our 40 acre farm by myself while my hubby is fighting in Afghanistan and my son is away from home...but the weather is horrible, and I have only today to figure out how I'm going to bury her short of renting a backhoe (really have kicked myself for not getting that attachment when we bought our tractor...sighhh!).
Tomorrow I prepare for my own turn under the knife...having a full knee reconstruction done Wednesday...not the best of timing. State law dictates that animal remains must be properly interred or disposed of within 72 hrs or less...depending on the weather...so I must lay her to rest ASAP...besides, I don't want to have her all cut up...at this point she looks peaceful...I'd prefer to remember her that way.
I agree with the idea that it was some sort of vascular incident...whether genetic or from her pregnancy or an aneurysm or stroke...I doubt it was poison...they were all on about 25 acres of organic pasture...the same stuff we cut for hay and feed to all the other animals...and no one else has been affected in a similar fashion. And Tig was a very smart mustang with an iron constitution...the kind that could survive off tree bark in a blizzard, and still gain weight!
She was one of a kind...true to her Keiger breeding. A blessing to our family that will be sorely missed. Thank you everyone...