Four days ago my pony Shamus developed a fever that put him off his feed. The vets came out and did everything they could to get the fever to break and make him more comfortable. Well the fever finally went away but 3 days off his feed(he also had a very special diet because he lacks teeth) left him with impaction colic. Nothing the vets could at the barn was helping him so we brought him to the clinic. We would never put him through the surgery, especially not at his age. But the vets want to try IV fluids and a few other things while the monitored him. He got there at 7pm. At 10pm they called saying he was trying to pass the impaction and was very feisty and had loads of personality. I was feeling hopeful at this point. We got the call at 3am that his gut was starting to twist and he was in a lot of pain. Nothing they tried could help him, so he had to be let go and put out of his pain,
Here is a letter I wrote him that better explains how much this pony meant to my family and I:
You were the most incredible pony I have ever met. I remember when we were looking at a friend for Dallas and came across you almost 8 years ago. You were pushy and always full of energy. Dallas would try and chase you around the paddock but you were too fast for him. Your brother loved you too. I'm sure he'll be missing you like we are. Please watch over him pony, we all know Dallas could use a little bit of your guidance. You were so healthy right until the very end, covered in dapples and still going around the arena at 80mph when I rode you. I always knew this day would come but I had hoped and prayed it would be when you were older, and not from something like a twisted gut... We could never put you through the surgery, especially not at your age. You would never deserve that. When Dallas was being a jerkface and I didn't even want to ride, I could get on you and do nothing but smile and laugh. You brought so much joy to my life that I could never thank you enough for it. Everyone around you couldn't help up love you Shay pony. I'm so grateful that I got to have you as my pony. No horse or pony that comes after you will ever take your place. It will be incredibility hard to deal with life without you, but I'll try my best to smile because I know how much you loved to make everyone happy. I lost an amazing friend, but gained a guardian angel. I hope you're happy and comfortable now Shaymus. Dallas and I will see you again someday. I feel life there is so much more I should say but can't find the words to do it. You were an extraordinary little guy who I will always considered myself blessed to have had you as such a huge part of my life.
Love you always little Shay,
RIP Shaymus 1990-2013