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post #11 of 13 Old 05-19-2010, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by bunni1900 View Post
I recently had to put my 33 year old mare down. She had horrible heaves, was skin and bones, and wasn't aware of her surroundings. Did I do the right thing?
Yes, and thank you for being a good steward and knowing it was time to let her go.

The last gift we can give our beloved companions is freedom from suffering.

You didn't think about yourself and your own emotional pain, you thought only of her. Bravo.

If more people thought that way, maybe we wouldn't have so many animals selfishly kept alive for no other reason than human ego.

A true horse person knows when to let go.
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-23-2010, 11:14 AM
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It has been nineteen years since I had to put down my first horse. I was twelve years old and Tiny was around thirty. For nineteen years I only rode other peoples horses and didn't get attached to any of them. I just got my second horse a week ago, and it has been bitter sweet. I am falling in love with Dixie, but she brings back memories of Tiny even though they have nothing in common.

All I can say is it is inevitable and a part of life. I know it doesn't help but not much of anything does. Good luck with your mourning.
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-23-2010, 02:14 PM
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my first horse was a solid black mustang about 13 hands, i was a year younger then her, i was 8, she taught me everything about riding when i was fifteen i found her dead in the pasture, i was heart broken, and ran back to the house crying, devastated, she is now burried in the back field, where grady my 10 yr old dappled bay mustang now calls home. i have had grady for three years now and yet everytime i call em up from the field i get sad, but i jus remember that my first horse was apart of my life in a very special way an always will but that her death led me to grady who needed a loving home.

every death is hard but can always lead to good things if we allow it to. being sad and misserable is ok for awhile but sooner or later we need to realize the positives, perhaps that our dear horse had a good life, or that we had adventures and experiances we might have never had with out them. the important thing is to open our arms and homes to something good and rejoice it. and to help start the healing process of our broken hearts

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