Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
*It is a long post* If you been reading my posts you know about my old man Rusty who was put to sleep in July. For those of you who don't know I got Rusty back when I was 12 years old (28 now) and he was 15. He was a birthday present from my grandparents. I rode him for a totally of three years, until he couldn't be ridden any more due to a ligament in one of his legs and arthritis in 3 legs. The Summer of 2015 he came down with EPM, we treated him for it and he got better. Now this past Summer (2016) he started was not finishing any of his meals and he back down with EPM. We started treating him for it again (after the vet came back out) and he still did not get better. That's when I decided it was his time. He was my first horse and he was the horse who taught me to canter and not be afraid.
As we all know the grieving process takes awhile, I am now ready to share a few funny stories of him.
The main gate to the pasture I kept him in to open it all who have to do is slide it back. This smart man took it between his teeth and opened the gate and got into his food more times than I can count.
One day when we were getting back from a trail ride, I was ready to canter for the first time on him. So I asked my mom if I could do it and she said yes. I went into two point I was getting ready to ask him for a trot when all of the sudden I fell off right in front of him he stopped and started nuzzling me wondering why I was on the ground. The reason I fell off was because the whole stirrup leather went through.
So we had a run-in shed on some other property that was bought over to where we keep the horses and all their supplies. My oldest sister who was around 17 at the time used to ride. She asked me if she could sit on him bareback while he was eating and I told her he would probably take off she didn't think so. I let her (wearing a helmet) and I knew he would. He turned sniffed her leg and then turned and started trotting towards the run in shed. Thankfully she knew had to do an emergency dismount, but we were all laughing our heads off.
For all those who are grieving or still trying to make the decision, your horse (or pony) will let you know.
*All of the horses and ponies who have passed our running free in green pastures*