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post #41 of 56 Old 03-29-2014, 08:29 PM
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Goodbye beautiful girl! Thanks for sharing your stories with us.
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post #42 of 56 Old 03-29-2014, 11:46 PM
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Wallaby, I am so saddened by Lacey's passing. She was one of those constant fixtures here on the forum and there will be a huge hole without her.

I have lost several horses to colic over the years, most recently the most special horse I have ever owned, my Mustang John, passed away this past November. He was so sick and it was so sudden, he was fine one day and died before the vet could arrive the next. In many ways, I feel John made it easy for me that he died so quick and Lacey did the same thing with you. I have had other horses linger on for days and you finally have to make that difficult decision, but with both John and Lacey, even in death, they made things easier for us. They didn't want us to have to question weather we made the right decision or not so they helped make it for us.

Lacey touched so many lives, even on this forum we feel like we knew her even though we never met her in person. She was one of the special ones that God allows us to share our lives with. She was a blessing and you were blessed to have her in your life.
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post #43 of 56 Old 03-30-2014, 12:29 AM
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My condolences for your loss, I'm so sorry.
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post #44 of 56 Old 03-30-2014, 11:07 PM
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Oh my gosh. My heart just dropped...

Wallaby, I am incredibly sorry for your loss. Lacey was a beautiful mare who touched the hearts of everyone who met her. She was a little unicorn on earth.

I want to thank you for putting us in the passenger seat of her life. I always looked forward to "Lacey Time", seeing beautiful photos and reading her fun stories.

Rest in Peace, Miss Lacey.
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post #45 of 56 Old 03-30-2014, 11:23 PM
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Oh, Wallaby. :( I'm a million miles away, and you've got me in tears, girl!

Lacey was one of the luckiest critters on the planet. You made the last years of her life absolutely beautiful, and I have no doubt that her time with you made up for all those years with less-than-ideal owners. It's obvious in the pictures how happy and full of life she was. She met a peaceful, dignified end in her own home with her best friend by her side. I can't think of a better way to go.

And when you have that kind of bond with something, human or animal, they never leave you. Sending you lots of hugs and healing vibes.
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post #46 of 56 Old 04-05-2014, 12:23 PM
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Hi Wallaby, that looks very like an Arabian...was she?

I really get how you feel. Today I had to make the decision to put down my Arabian mare. She was a lovely grey like yours, and was with me for 31 of her 32 years, ever since childhood, so she was my best friend growing up. My mare was just getting another illness after not quite recovering from a previous one, and I wasn't prepared to put her through increasing pain plus painful treatment, for a very small chance of survival. That she was old didn't make it any easier. I loved that mare. Best wishes to you, Wallaby. I'm sure you too wish you'd had a magic wand...
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SueC, she was. She's wasn't registered and only her dad is known, so she might have been only part-bred. [my gut says she was full, especially since she was bred in the 1980's when Arabs were "the thing", but who really knows]
Her dad's pedigree was chock full of old Polish "royalty" and other fun nuggets - she had a desert-bred Arab in there named "Bad" and her great-great-great grandfather was double registered as an Arabian first, then as a Tennessee Walker because of his natural gaits!

I'm so sorry for your loss. The thing that's making it easier for me is that Lacey had many chronic illnesses [ERU (Moon Blindness), some arthritis/suspected ringbone, Insulin Resistance, allergies, etc] and, even though she had a wonderful attitude allllll the time+was comfortable, it's so nice to know that she's no longer in any pain at all. And she no longer needs a grazing muzzle!
She's eating whatever she wants and waiting for me to get up there in however many years I have.

And you know, this is a super sappy story so prepare yourself, when I was about 3 and on, my "imaginary friend" was a fleabitten gray Arabian mare.
She inhabited every bit of my make-believe everything. When my brother and I would play imaginary games, I was ALWAYS this horse. She was in my dreams and comforted me when I was sad.
Logically I knew this imaginary horse couldn't ever be real, but a big part of me hoped so much that she would be real.

Then I met Lacey and, after our first year together, I remembered this dream horse of mine. Everything about Lacey and this dream horse matched up.

Now I don't know if it's just a coincidence, but I think Lacey was part of my life for significantly longer than she as physically in my life.

And SueC, I think it's probably the same now. Our girls are physically gone from us, but they are 100% real and here in our hearts and minds. They aren't going to leave us completely...after all, they spent too much time training us!!

Lacey's rainbows have been everywhere still. Yesterday morning, around the time she passed away a week ago, I was up feeding the goats and the clouds opened to reveal a HUGE rainbow.
I don't even understand it.
I love that horse.
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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #48 of 56 Old 04-05-2014, 03:36 PM
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Hey Wallaby, thanks for those thoughts. Colic is an awful thing, I've seen it too many times in the 30-odd years since my family of origin got involved with horses, including fatal colics. Only one of my family's horses ever went peacefully, in her sleep aged 26. Two other old ones just got so debilitated they couldn't get up one day, and had to be put down. Another old mare, my Romeo's full sister Juliet, had gotten to about my mare's stage of losing weight because of illness and only just keeping her head above water on round-the-clock special feeding, when she twisted her bowel.

My mare had a hoof abscess late last year, which my vet misdiagnosed as a slipped stifle. She had no temperature, so he thought no infection. I still thought it was an abscess. Three days later it burst through the coronet. The flesh was just melting off her, and she'd always been a good doer. We struggled for months with huge hard feeds to try to get her weight back. She got really bad rain scald all over her in the middle of the summer drought because she was so run down. Her foot was healing up and her skin clearing, and she was just starting to fill out again when she developed intermittent cramping, where she'd stand arching her back, a couple of days ago. I didn't like the look of it and called the vet. Again, no temperature, and she was cleaning up every last bit of food in her bucket and passing manure normally. The vet thought it was a reaction to worming because of her age, and gave her a 24h pain killer. But something just didn't sit right with me about the whole thing. She'd never reacted to wormers before.

When she came off the pain killer symptoms returned. I actually got the feeling she'd had enough. She was swinging between cramping and grazing quite normally, but looked so tired. So I went and saw my neighbour, and we put her down and buried her before I could change my mind. This wasn't going to get better, she didn't have enough left in her for it to be fair to ask her to fight again.

Interestingly, she did have an undiagnosed infection, despite lack of fever. When we hoisted her for burial, pus started draining out of her - either a bladder infection or a uterine infection, but no discharge while alive. That explained the colicky symptoms but still eating and passing manure.

Sorry if I've grossed you out. I'm just glad she still had bits of her day that were okay-ish today. And I gave her some figs when I said goodbye, she loved figs (and sultanas, and dates, and carrots, and apples...). I'm also glad she was spared getting worse and worse and feeling lousier and lousier. She was still bright-eyed and had a bit of spark, but she went down without even a kick at the end, under her favourite tree and with her friends nearby.
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post #49 of 56 Old 04-05-2014, 03:44 PM
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PS: My mare too had Polish blood (whole maternal side) as well as Crabbet and DB. I'm quite new to the forum - how long did you have your Lacey?
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post #50 of 56 Old 04-05-2014, 04:03 PM
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Hi again Wallaby, a friend just sent me this and I thought you might like it too:

A Prayer For A Friend:
Never think of me as dead,
For I have but gone on ahead.
And the love you gave me I will have through all eternity.
Keep me always in your mind,
By loving others of my kind.
Do not linger long in your grief,
But carry on in this belief,
That when itīs time for you to come this way,
I will be waiting for you on that day.

It's very like what you said. And that did it, now my eyes are turning into taps.
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