I just found out today that my second favorite camp horse (I worked at a camp as a horse wrangler giving kids rides and teaching them to ride for the last 2 summers) of all time had to be put down yesterday. =(
She was the best because even though she was little (probably a halflinger mix thingy) she was totally trustworthy. I'd ride her when I didn't want to have to worry about the horse, so I could focus on the crazy kids on the ride with me.
She was super ugly, she had a major roman-nosed jug head and she had a super thick neck compared to her body AND, if that's not bad enough, her forelock stuck straight up in this big poofy ball on her forehead, but she was super trustworthy.
For instance, last summer there was a week that was really really rainy so I chose to ride her every ride because she was really sure footed and amazing. So the head wrangler decided we were going to make a new trail because the normal trails were way too slippy and steep to be riding safely. We made the trail but since it was straight through the forest the trail was really hard to see. Needless to say the first time I led on that trail (I was the first to go on the trail with kids) I got lost. I had no idea which direction to go and with 10 horses and little kids behind me there was no turning around. I just decided to let the reins go slack and see if Nikki could find her way back. She just dropped her head and found our trail and got us all back to the barn safely, from the middle of the forest with no obvious difficulty.
She really was amazing. Her only vice was that she'd kick in line if she didn't have her BFF behind her but that worked because the only horse that wouldn't bite her rear all the time was her BFF.
Evidentally, one of the other horses kicked her in the leg, breaking her leg. And since her owners are cheapo rental horse stupid-o's they opted to have her put down instead of fixing her leg. Given, she was around 23, but still.
She will be missed, by me atleast.