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post #21 of 80 Old 01-22-2012, 03:16 PM
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So sorry... I am crying with you....

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post #22 of 80 Old 01-22-2012, 03:32 PM
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I am so sorry. There are no words,for your story. I think we all are crying right beside you as we read this. Keep his good memories close to you and remember its ok to cry.
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post #23 of 80 Old 01-22-2012, 06:01 PM
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it was very hard for me to read this, i knew it wasn't going to end well. but i did, and i am ever so sorry for your loss. idk if i would ever be able to handle such a situation. deepest sympathies for you and your horse. may God be with you and your beautiful horse.
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post #24 of 80 Old 01-23-2012, 08:41 AM
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There are no words that can express how sorry I am for everything you have gone through. Apache sounds like he was an absolutely amazing horse. I, along with most horse owners, long for those deep connections with our horses - and you, for one, had that. I can't even think of anything uplifting to say, but I'm very glad to hear that you have gotten back in the saddle. I hope you continue to heal and over time can gain a similar connection with your new colt and have many more years together.
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post #25 of 80 Old 01-23-2012, 09:01 AM
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Oh my.... I, too, am so very sorry for your loss! I cannot imagine.... Hugs, love, compassion, and prayers for healing all sent your way, dear one. It seems weird to say "Thank you" for sharing your story but if telling it helps clear the darkness, helps to mend your heart in any way, then I am very glad you felt safe enough here to share.
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post #26 of 80 Old 01-23-2012, 11:45 AM
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I am so glad you have accepted another horse into your life. I understand when you talked about that emotional distance-I've done that before also. It will get better w/time, but sometimes the heart does cushion itself, & you may just relate on a different level. Praying for your healing & peace of mind. Hugs to you.
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post #27 of 80 Old 01-23-2012, 04:13 PM
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Boy did this make me cry. I'm so sorry for your loss. Words can't describe the feeling of losing something so close to you. It feels as if your whole like is gone in a bink of an eye. A similar situation happened to a horse from the lesson barn I ride at. He spooked out on the trail and became paralyzed in his hind end. The whole barn was somber for two months. I give you credit for being this strong. My deepest sorrow to you. You will see him one day soon. RIP Apache. If you need anything else or some support feel free to send me a message :) <3
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post #28 of 80 Old 01-23-2012, 05:07 PM
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Just be thankful, horses have a tendency to try to take care of their rider especially if they have bonded. the voice you "heard" was your boy's every fiber screaming for you to jump. he took care of you to the end and that is all we can ask from our beasts. I'm sorry for your loss, and im glad you have gotten a new horse.
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post #29 of 80 Old 01-23-2012, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all. :) Being able to share my story with you all has actually made me feel a lot better. It's nice to be able to tell it without fear of being made fun of.. I will admit that a part of me doesn't want the pain of his loss to stop hurting because the pain reminds me that it wasn't just a bad dream and he was real. Does that seem silly? I also again want to say thank you for letting my share this story. I have a long way to go before things will start to feel somewhat normal again,but I think Wolf will help me. If anyone doesn't mind I will share some background info on Apache.

My DH got him for me as a birthday present 2yrs ago. It had been several years since I had a horse and here I ended up with a young gelding who was supposedly broke but turned out to be greener than grass. He bonded with me right away it seemed and while I knew he would be a lot of work I looked forward to it. Not long after purchasing him my DH had to go back to Iraq. Apache helped me keep occupied and within a short period of time and with a lot of work I was able to ride him in the round pen with no issues. Fast forward a couple months.. I leased him out to a lady who put more time on him under saddle and on the trail. Sadly it didn't work out well as she had a aggressive way of training horses and slowly I could see his spirit being broken. Within a few weeks I brought him back to where I was boarding him and in no time I could see his spirits lifting :) For a while after coming back home we rode all over just us two. Unfortunately I didn't feel I was doing a good enough job with his training so I sent him to a trainer in the spring of 2011. The trainer fell in love with him and the 30 days flew by. I just couldn't wait to get him back and hit the trails. Oddly he had one major fault...He was absolutely terrified of deer. I had hoped that with more trail miles he would get over it. Due to weather I wasn't able to ride him for about a week after he came back from training. As soon as the weather was better I was out there and in the saddle as fast as possible. I was blessed with 2 amazing rides with him before the day of his passing. Apache taught me so much and I like to think that I taught him to trust again(previous owners were to put it mildly heavy handed with him). ♥

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Grey Sky Aledo Elite, a.k.a Wolf- '09 grullo QH gelding
Apache-Paint/QH gelding ♥2003-2011♥ R.I.P ♥
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post #30 of 80 Old 01-24-2012, 10:36 AM
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I am so sorry...reading that was extremely hard for me..I can't even start to think how shocking that is for you. *hugs*

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