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post #1 of 10 Old 03-27-2012, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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She taught me to ride. <3

My first real horse, Chancy, was 23 years old when we bought her. I was 11, & I hadn't had good luck with horses. When she came to live on our 50-acre farm, I'd never cantered a horse or been on the trails. Within a month, I was galloping her out on the trails in nothing but a halter & lead. Chancy was a solid Appaloosa with Cushing's disease, so we shaved her twice a summer to get rid of that long curly coat. She was a happy horse & looked like a teddy bear when she was all fuzzy & curly. She started going downhill in the beginning of 2007, & when we came back from a trip to Florida in February...it was awful. Before, she'd always had a great appetite & was always energetic, but at this point, she wouldn't even finish her grain, let alone her hay. Finally, I went to the barn one morning before school, & she was laying down in her stall. It took her a long time to stand up, & I like to believe that she was waiting for me to see her. I ran to the house, told my mother I wouldn't be going to school on time, & went back to the barn. I said my goodbyes..& told myself that if she wasn't "gone" by the time I got home, we'd call the vet to have her put down.
I got home that afternoon, & she'd died. It will have made 5 years yesterday that she's been gone, yet I still miss that sassy old mare. Many people learned to ride on that horse, more than I will ever know. Chancy touched many lives, & I'm proud to say that...I'm the last one she taught to ride.
Love you, Chance. (April 1982 - March 27, 2007)
(picture is of me & one of my best friends riding Chancy)
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-27-2012, 06:00 PM
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Aw. D: What a sweet story, and what a great experience. I wish I grew up on a 50-acre farm, learning to ride like that! It sounds like she had a long and happy life. :3
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-27-2012, 06:15 PM
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She looks like she was a great mare. I miss my "Taffy" every day. I hope you have another that fills that empty place in your heart, I am still looking.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-27-2012, 06:16 PM
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So touching, thank you for sharing. :) A special horse like that should always be remembered. I hope I one day have the opportunity to live the same thing (as in find such a special horse and be able to spend time with him before he passed away).
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-27-2012, 09:31 PM
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She was pretty, so sorry for your loss.

Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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Ohh I miss her, but..the 5 horses that we have now help a lot. No other horse will ever replace her, but..these 5 are definitely the most special, & are the horses that I've loved and enjoyed the most since her.
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 07:43 AM
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Thanks for sharing-the "been there-done that" horses are so great!
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-09-2012, 12:01 AM
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What an amazing horse! She seems to have taught you a lot.

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-09-2012, 12:29 AM
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Sorry for your loss; what a wonderful horse she was :)

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-12-2012, 06:04 PM
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R.I.P
Sorry for your loss.
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