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post #31 of 72 Old 04-02-2013, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for the kind words and support. In times like this one realizes that this forum isn't comprised of "just a bunch of random strangers", it truly is one big horse crazy family. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Doing chores this morning was really tough. The first stall in my barn and it's attached pasture is the "big man on campus" stall. Him not being there to talk to me as soon as I came through the door hit me really hard.

I'm throwing myself into a big physical labor project in my yard and going to steer clear of the barn for a bit. I hope my project will wear me out and keep me busy enough to keep my mind occupied a bit. Will start a thread in a few with pictures of my project, despite my sadness, it is going to be a pretty cool addition to my yard.


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I hope my best friend, 'Lil Ab, meets him at the bridge so they can play stallion games together..
Me too! I also hope Ab tells him that stadium fences are made for jumping, not those in the pasture. In his younger days, I watched him one time in the 6' round pen - stand at one side and you could see him thinking and sizing it up, trots across and out he went with not so much as a rub.

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post #32 of 72 Old 04-02-2013, 10:24 AM
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Only seeing this now... so so sorry MHF :( I'm glad you can look back on all the amazing times you had with him. Thinking of you!

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post #33 of 72 Old 04-02-2013, 10:27 AM
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Oh, MHF, I am so very sorry and I hate that words are all I can offer. It must have been such a joy to spend so many years with such a beautiful horse, I am so glad that he was lucky enough to have someone like you to spend all that time with. He was well loved, that much is abundantly clear.

I hope in time you can find some solace in all the wonderful memories you must have of him. He knows he is loved.

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So sad to lose such a wonderful heart horse-your entwined history is just amazing. I hope your project keeps your mind busy and gives your heart some time to heal. RIP Hondo.
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Doing chores this morning was really tough. The first stall in my barn and it's attached pasture is the "big man on campus" stall. Him not being there to talk to me as soon as I came through the door hit me really hard.
This. When I put my old guy down in '94, my friend told me how strong I was because I didn't cry.

Then I showed up at the barn the next day to take care of my mare, to realize that I'll never see those big eyes, and hear that soft nicker .. tore me up.

I just want to say what a lucky horse he was. It's special to be owned by the same owner from birth to death.

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post #36 of 72 Old 04-02-2013, 11:44 AM
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I am sorry. I teared up reading this. I am preparing myself to say goodbye to an old friend as well. His day is coming in the near future I think and it guts me knowing its coming.

Saying a prayer for you. RIP Hondo you beautiful boy.

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post #37 of 72 Old 04-02-2013, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. Sorry to hear that you are preparing for this too NB, big hugs to you. Man is it rough. Being on here plus my rocks to toss around will hopefully help a bit.

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I'm so sorry Mandy, I know how much you loved him. But at least he got to lead an AWESOME and long life, and you gave that to him
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When you are able to, it would be nice to see a pictoral of his life with you as a memorial. Lots of photos. It seems to help posting these, at least is was for me, as it reminds one of the great times.

As for your yard project, don't forget to get BEFORE photos so that we can see the progression. I keep forgetting to get these and I always regret it.
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I just found your pond thread. VERY NICE!!
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