I met Murphy nearly 9 years ago when I bought my paint gelding. She had been a broodmare at the farm he was at and I remember being really interested in her. Six years ago, she gave birth to a beautiful 1/2 Thoroughbred 1/2 Paint filly named Babu, who looks exactly like Murphy in build and personality.
When I sold my Paint gelding, I was looking for a horse that could take me up the levels in eventing. So, we remembered the sweet-natured, spirited, sensitive Thoroughbred mare we had seen at that farm all those years ago. When Murphy came to me, she was scared of whips and getting on her was the scariest experience of my life. But, as time went on, she became one of the best horses I ever had the pleasure of owning. With her flowing trot, her rocking horse canter, and her fear of the unexpected, Murphy was more geared towards the dressage arena. So, we gave her to one of my very good friends. This friend continued to ride her, take her to dressage shows, and give lessons on her. She loved her all the way up until the day she died.
Sadly, Murphy developed a bad case of colic on Tuesday evening. Things were looking good, until 3 hours later when the decision was made to take her to the vet hospital. By morning, she was doing no better, and the vet recommended the euthanization. By afternoon, Murphy had quietly gone to heaven.
So here's to you, sweet girl. You were, and remain, one of the BEST horses I have ever owned. You taught me so much and I will mourn your loss for the rest of my life. You are in a better place now; no more pain, no more suffering.
Rest In Peace Babu's Charm aka "Murphy"
15.3hh Thoroughbred mare