We got only a year or two before Dios, as we renamed him, got to arthritic to ride. And for the next 7 or so years he has been a buddy and a friend to our other horses. In those years he was still ride able he was gentle and fearless, and helped me be less afraid. He helped my niece as a small child to get her first horsey ride.
But time has ravaged his legs. He is in his 30's now, and we got the bad news that his heart is giving out, and his poor front leg is turning. I am heartbroken that this is his last week on earth.
If that wasn't enough, the vet also told us our other older horse, Ben, is not going to make it another midwest winter. Ben is in his late 30's and he was my first horse. Its too heartbreaking that we must lose 2 horses this year.