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post #1 of 26 Old 04-28-2010, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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Labre, Rest In Peace.





My mare, Labre, was sadly put down yesterday after having another episode. It was for the best, and she lived a very good life. I've had her since I was in 5th grade! She was a good 'ol girl. We couldn't watch her suffer any longer, now she will be pain free forever.

It just kills me to think about what I've put her through, putting rusty old bits and ill fitting tack on her, and getting frustrated with HER because she didn't understand what I wanted, I hate that I put her though it! I promise to never be ignorant again with another horse and I'm dedicating my life to becoming a large animal veterinarian for her. I can help spread the knowledge so this doesn't have to happen to another horse. I'm so sorry old girl.

Luckily, as I got older, the more knowledge I gained. She has been a lawn ornament for the past ten years. She had an amazing end to her life and did a good job at holding the barn down (and mowing our lawn)!

I just wish it didn't have to end with her last day being in pain, it's so sad. I now fully, truly, understand what it feels like to lose something you are so close to. Having her since 5th grade, she has taught me SO much about what I can do, and can't. Like, get frustrated with her when it was my fault to begin with, or that I shouldn't scratch her in that certain spot or she will kick..


I don't even know if anything I've posted makes sense. It's early, and my eyes are puffy from crying all night. I took it better than I though because I prepared myself for this day a long time ago. RIP, I'll miss you forever and ever.

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post #2 of 26 Old 04-28-2010, 08:06 AM
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I'm sorry for your loss. That can't be an easy decision for anyone.

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My deepest condolences, White Foot.

The pain we feel at their loss is the real price we pay for being allowed to have them in our lives.

Time will help, I promise.
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Thanks Flytobecat <3 SpeedRacer, I hope your right, I with the time would go by faster :/ Thank-you


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Trust me, time is the only thing that will make it easier.

I had my best and brightest put down on 07/21/2007. I had that boy for 21 years, and it shattered my heart the day he died.

When we buried him, all I wanted to do was crawl in that hole with him.

I had a bracelet made with his tail hair, and have worn it almost constantly since his death. It was a major source of comfort during the darkest times, knowing I had a piece of him that was always with me.

The first six months were the hardest. I was sad, angry, and hated life.

The first year on the anniversaries of his birth and death, I cried buckets and was inconsolable.

The second year was a little better, and now I'm coming up on my third year without him.

I can now enjoy life again, and am able to speak of my boy with laughter instead of tears. I'm looking forward to riding my new foxhunter, and life has light and color again.

I will always miss him and on occasion I still shed a few tears, but my overwhelming emotion now is feeling blessed that I was able to share 21 years of my life with such an amazing horse.

I promise, you'll feel the same way in time. Not now and not soon, but sometime.
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Oh, so sorry. It sounds like you made up for any inadequacies as an uninformed owner with a wonderful older horse life for her. And it does not sound like her life was too rough to begin with :) I find the people who feel guilty are never the ones who should and I am sure that is so in your case. It takes a long, long time for the pain to go away when you lose a loved animal. At least it took years for me with my dog. So be patient with yourself.
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I had the same experience as SpeedRacer, I was so angry when my older dog had to be put down. I hated everyone who had an older dog still alive. Seems irrational now but it was intense. So be prepared to be angry in between tears.
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So be prepared to be angry in between tears.
Absolutely.

I was broadsided by my anger, because I originally only felt sorrow. The anger actually took me by surprise.

I was literally angry at everyone, especially those people who still had their favorite horses.

I was angry because the sun was shining, and people were going about their business while my life was dark, cold, and bleak.

I was angry that I seemed to be the only one who was mourning the best horse in the whole world.

I was angry that I'd lost my heart horse, and thought that the two left behind should have died instead. That's not something I'm proud to admit, but it's true.

Anger is part of grief, so be prepared to have it show up one day. Ride it out as best you can, because the anger does eventually go away.

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I am sorry.

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Trust me, time is the only thing that will make it easier.

I had my best and brightest put down on 07/21/2007. I had that boy for 21 years, and it shattered my heart the day he died.

When we buried him, all I wanted to do was crawl in that hole with him.

I had a bracelet made with his tail hair, and have worn it almost constantly since his death. It was a major source of comfort during the darkest times, knowing I had a piece of him that was always with me.

The first six months were the hardest. I was sad, angry, and hated life.

The first year on the anniversaries of his birth and death, I cried buckets and was inconsolable.

The second year was a little better, and now I'm coming up on my third year without him.

I can now enjoy life again, and am able to speak of my boy with laughter instead of tears. I'm looking forward to riding my new foxhunter, and life has light and color again.

I will always miss him and on occasion I still shed a few tears, but my overwhelming emotion now is feeling blessed that I was able to share 21 years of my life with such an amazing horse.

I promise, you'll feel the same way in time. Not now and not soon, but sometime.
That's good to know, thanks for all the comfort. I cut her tail off so I can have it and I want to make a bracelet, or necklace. Today at work I thought being around horses would make me feel better and keep my mind off of things but it didn't. I'm sorry for your loss as well.


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