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post #41 of 72 Old 04-02-2013, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Will do Allison. My scanner went awhile back (and most of the good ones are pre digital lol) but Dan is going to borrow one from his dad and bring it home after work so I will hopefully get some on here tonight. I was pretty stylish in the 80s
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post #42 of 72 Old 04-03-2013, 10:52 PM
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Your situation and fierce pain of loss made me think of two things;

First, that Hondo is gone in body, yes, which is a pain which must be inexplicable... At the same time, he is absolutely a part of who you are every single day...of how you express yourself, feel things, make decisions and look at life, not only as a horsewoman, but as a woman, and simply as a person. What an incredible gift you and he were picked to share! Your WHOLE LIFE to this point with him, and he with you. That is something near-to-unheard-of anymore... you two raised one another!

The second is related to what I just wrote... for better or for worse, many of us cannot reliably separate our lives, choices. decisions made, and lessons learned from the lives of whomever raised us, whether that was our parents, grandparents, aunt, family friend...etc...Hondo "created" you, the good you, who turned to your best horse friend rather than to the "dangerous choices" of youth! He influenced you through your love for him alone, I'd imagine, to do what was "right", way more often than taking the "wrong" path, probably without you even realizing it at that time. You paid him back one thousand-fold through your "forever love" for him, and the indescribably amazing equine life, a life of peace and safety, that I'd bet most horses cannot even fathom the comfort of.

What an incredible blessing, those things which you each wrapped around one another and used to keep one another warm and safe with for 31 years. He'll always be right there with you...always an amazing, undeniable part of who you are.

Giant hugs and cyber-kleenex from me to you...I pray your pain becomes somewhat less acute very soon, but am guessing you may be in this stage for some time, dear woman!

Respectfully, and in memory of Hondo....RIP, you most special and unique boy...
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post #43 of 72 Old 04-04-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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B2H, thank you. You are very right, he will always be a part of me. I know how lucky I am to have had the blessing of sharing his entire life.

My grandpa is really struggling with this. He had Hondo's sire from age 2 until he passed at 36 and now Hondo. I wish I could help ease his pain but I'm not doing so great dealing with my own :(
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post #44 of 72 Old 04-04-2013, 04:45 PM
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It's something words cannot describe; watching the one's we love dearly grieving, while we, too, grieve.
The most/best we can do for one another is hang onto each other and know that we each are suffering together....

Men often have greater difficulty expressing their emotions... your grandfather is very lucky to have you there with him, likely showing HIM through YOUR OWN actions that it's fine to let it all out!

My deepest sympathies to you both...

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post #45 of 72 Old 04-09-2013, 01:39 PM
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I'm so very sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Hondo.

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post #46 of 72 Old 04-09-2013, 02:14 PM
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I am SO sorry for your loss. I just came upon your original post. RIP, Hondo, and wait for MHFQ to join you.

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post #47 of 72 Old 04-11-2013, 12:49 AM
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I am sorry for your loss, I know how painful it is and how hard it is to accept. I lost my life long friend when he was 30. Great horses leave their presence behind. My heart goes out to you. Let yourself grieve.

RIP Hondo.

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We are sorry you had to lose him, at any age. From our family to yours, our condolences.
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post #49 of 72 Old 04-11-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. Still pretty tough walking past his stall/pasture and him not being there to greet me but I'm finding comfort knowing he isn't in pain and is no doubt causing trouble with old friends.

Since it's isn't as fresh, a bit of detail about what/why. It's been some time that I've known that his kidneys were compromised and that it would be what would be the end for him. He became a pretty hard keeper the last few years, unfortunately the only thing that kept him in decent weight was alfalfa. Vet & I discussed and tried a lot of options but decided that at his age it was worth it to feed it to him despite the calcium levels and what it would do to further the kidney issues and when the time came I would have to make the call. She said it could have been a month, could have been years. I got several extra years with him and it was very much worth it, it gave me enough time with him that he taught my daughter the ropes and for that I will be forever grateful. He went into renal failure and I had no choice but to let him go. Still breaks my heart but he got to go out with some dignity left, he was talking to the mares even on our walk to the woods where he was laid to rest. Sure miss his ornery ol' self :(

I've been crazy busy, babysitting my rotten nephews on top of regular farm work so I haven't gotten to dig out boxes of pics but when I do I will get them scanned and posted.

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post #50 of 72 Old 04-11-2013, 10:04 AM
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Very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Hondo. Eventually the pain will be replaced by the warmth of his spirit in your heart forever. I would love to see some of the photos that you have as you grew up together when you're ready to look at them. I have a picture of my border collie and my daughter lying beside her framed in my living room. It took some time for me to frame it after she passed away to get the courage to look at it. But now after almost five years, I really love having it there as a reminder of the space she shares in my heart forever. Hugs to you and your grampa.
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