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.