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    03-20-2008, 11:22 PM

Hello and today im here with heavey heart, Because at 6.36pm my AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE has pass on to the heavens open ranges . I did not own RED for a long time like some of my horses , But he touched me in ways no other horse has done. He was a 15.3hh chestnut amish broke buggy horse , that was thrown away by the amish after he had spent 12 yrs pulling them and there familys around lancaster pa in the heavy buggys . When the buggy got to heavy for him they sent him to auction where he was purchased by people who should not be allowed to have a horse in there lives , he was starved and beaten when he couldnt do the work they wanted him to do . Then a friend found him and called me to see if I was interested in a good buggy and saddle horse, Well they didnt have to ask me twice and that started the long road for Red from pa to tn and my mizfit ranch. 1500 miles and a lot of love and he became my new best friend, and that horse touched this 60yr old man in ways that can not be explained. For the last 6 months we have been getting to really know each other. He was a super rideing horse and carried himself so proudly was like he was always saying hey there look at me im special, and he was, then this past sunday he came down with colic, and then the colic got very bad and the reflux acid got in to his lungs abd burnt threw them . My vet from notchy creek animal hospital and I spent a lot of long days and night with RED he stood while we put IVs in him and he had to stand there for days while we did all kind of things to him trying to stop this colic . Then today he got very bad christine my vet came to see him and gave him more pain shots and tryed to make him as comfortable as possible . We discussed the idea of putting him down and set up a time when my 2 lil ones would not be here and maybe see it happen . And then I was in the field with him he was laying on his side with his head in my lap and started nickering to me . As I rubbed the top of his head as he really like me to do that offten as I could . Then he turned his head and looked in to my eyes and deep into my heart and nickered one last goodbye and stopped breathing , he was more then just a horse he was a friend to this 60yr old cowboy , and ill admit that im writing this with tears running down my cheeks , knowing a horse is like knowing a part of heaven on this earth , Yes I have other horses of all breeds and yes I love them all but this saddlebred was special and I can't explain they way he was but I know and feel the special ways he showed me he was the only horse I ever had that really did think about what he was doing and going to do . Well sorry for the long post just had to say it and I know the folks here that love there horses will know the way I feel this sad day thanks to all for reading it if you do if not thanks for haveing a horse in your life
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    03-21-2008, 07:38 AM
I'm so sorry Dave I know Red had been really struggling. Now I'm sitting here with a lump in my throat too. Its good someone who loved him could be with him in his last moments. Rest in peace Red
    03-21-2008, 07:52 AM
Green Broke
I too, am so very sorry for your loss. May Red be happy and at peace in heavens open ranges.
    03-21-2008, 10:26 AM

Hello again and just wanted to say thankyou from myself and RED . You folks on this site are the best I've ever met on any of the internet site/ it is the first site I've found that have quality horse people on it . Always willing to help each other out with any and all related and unrelated horse family issues. This site makes a person young or old feel wanted and accepted here with great advice from all over the world as well as tears from all over the world when someone has a loss or is just a bit down from a bad horse day . You all make it seem like a really big close family here and being people are from all walks of life all ages and all parts of the world just makes it so much better. I at 60 yr old look forward to this forum on a daily basis because of the people here and the tons of information that each one has to offer to help other horse folks even though they don't know thenm in person it does seem like we all know each other like we are just across the back field from each other . Again thank you and look forward to seing you all on here later besafe and enjoy the horse it is the sprit of freedom we have in our hands each day from the horse
    03-21-2008, 10:47 AM
Green Broke
Aww that's a lovely thing to say Dave. Its all the members just like you, that make this site such a great place.

((Big hugs))
    03-21-2008, 12:43 PM
I am so very sorry for your loss Dave.
My heart goes out to you.

    03-22-2008, 12:21 PM
Oh poor red :( I have to admit that made me cry

Im glad you have found a good place to come and share your horsey things

I sure hope you feel better soon. Its never an easy thing to deal with but you will get there :) I lost my dad just 8 weeks ago so I can understand exactly how you feel.
    03-22-2008, 06:39 PM

Jazzyrider im so very sorry to hear of your loss, it is very hard to deal with when you loose a parent I last my dad several years ago but still feel the pain of looseing him its never easy but it does get better as we learn to deal with it in our own little ways May GOD SMILE ON YOU COMFORT YOU . TIME DOES HEAL BUT YES THERE IS ALWAYS A SCAR THERE FROM OUR LOSSES
    03-22-2008, 09:09 PM
Oh Dave, I'm so sorry! After trying so hard to save him, that's a shame! Huge hugs! RIP Red.
    03-23-2008, 02:26 AM
Re: loss

Originally Posted by Dave
Jazzyrider im so very sorry to hear of your loss, it is very hard to deal with when you loose a parent I last my dad several years ago but still feel the pain of looseing him its never easy but it does get better as we learn to deal with it in our own little ways May GOD SMILE ON YOU COMFORT YOU . TIME DOES HEAL BUT YES THERE IS ALWAYS A SCAR THERE FROM OUR LOSSES
thank you dave :) time is the only thing that really will heal

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