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        08-24-2013, 03:42 PM
      #1321
    Green Broke
    I'm so very sorry Mandy. I know hoe much she meant to you and I know how much this hurts. I am still devastated over Sparky and he passed away 2 1/2 years ago. We lost Dragon's sire Patch to colic, it is such a sudden thing, and there is no way to prepare for it. Giant hugs and if you need anything at all, someone to vent to, cry with, etc, if we can help in any way, let us know.
         
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        08-25-2013, 08:46 AM
      #1322
    Green Broke
    I just hate colic! I lost me beloved Roller to it decades ago, but it still tears me up, even now. Treasure your memories & kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone & setting up a place for the two of you to enjoy something different! RIP Missy
         
        08-25-2013, 08:49 AM
      #1323
    Showing
    Thanks for the kind words guys. Pretty much cried out and numb at this point. Being a understanding audience for my ramblings is more help than anything. Thanks again.

    Today is going to be pretty hard though. For the past 6 months or so, Missy only had one rider beside myself. A 12 yo girl that just clicked with her so well, she had upped lessons to 3 times a week shooting for a goal of being allowed to take her to a show. Told her last weekend that she had more than worked hard enough and made plans to go in 2 weeks. Her mom is a life long friend and was with me into the wee hours of the morning with Miss. Her kiddo has been crying herself to sleep. She wants to come today with flowers & peppermints to leave. I'm going to give her a braid from her mane and her mom is going to get her a locket engraved to carry a small piece in. Not sure how I'm going to keep it together for that.

    Another student invited me to go to her grandma's saddle shop on Wed. I'm to take hair from both Hondo & Missy, she is having custom spur straps made for me with insets for the hair that she will weave together. I love the idea. I have some awesome lesson families for sure.

    Other than necessary chores and kiddos coming to see me, I plan to stay out of the barn. Going to busy myself with my garden/canning & cleaning my neglected house. Making more v8 juice is on the list today, it may not get canned, it will likely join some absolut in my glass.
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        08-26-2013, 09:10 AM
      #1324
    Foal
    What a lucky horse to have been so loved! I'm sorry for your loss and hope you all can find comfort together and remember what great memories she brought to you.
         
        08-26-2013, 09:07 PM
      #1325
    Showing
    I just can't win.

    Was in an accident today. Lady pulled out turning left RIGHT in front of me in the rain. I didn't have time to stop (saw her creeping, but didn't think she'd go for it). I slammed my brakes so hard that the tire squeal was heard inside the car dealership we were in front of (which just happened to be the exact same one I got fired from a month ago). The front left bumper of my car impacted with her front driver's side wheel. It bent her front axle and there was a piece of my heavy-duty fiberglass front bumper stuck IN her tire. The police were called and she was cited for failure to yield on a left turn.

    I feel okay-ish (no immediate, obvious trauma, but now that the adrenaline is leaving my system, I can tell I'm going to be sore), but my car is in sad shape. The front bumper is messed up, the left turn signal is completely gone (was laying in the middle of the street), and the bevel around the headlights is half gone. And then there's the engine. It wasn't in great shape before this, but now it just sounds downright horrible. Before it was a gentle "blub-blub-blub" and now it's a harsh growl that does not sound (or feel) healthy. It drives, but barely. Of course my boyfriend is working and can't leave work, my parents are out with their RV group two hours away, and the only other mechanically-inclined person I know is my uncle and he didn't answer either of his phones and hasn't called me back. My dad doesn't want me driving the car until my uncle looks at it to determine what's wrong with it and I don't feel comfortable driving it sounding the way it does.

    So, that leaves me sitting in the Fry's parking lot, fifteen miles from home, with no way to get anywhere, and of course it's raining heavily off and on and my windows don't roll up (my passenger's window is cracked about 3", but my driver's window is all the way down). I'm cold, I'm wet, and I just want to go home.

    Oh, and I have to pee. Again.
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        08-26-2013, 10:21 PM
      #1326
    Yearling
    It's been a while since I've been on and haven't had a chance to read up, but man just from the last page here it sounds like everyone is having a hell of a time! I sure do hope things get better for everybody. Sometimes life just sucks, no other way to put it! Things are starting to level out for me after our move to Texas (I LOVE it here!) so hopefully I will have more time for HF :)
         
        08-27-2013, 08:18 AM
      #1327
    Green Broke
    Oh, Paige-that just sucks! I hope someone came to your rescue & that your truck can be repaired-at least the cops laid the blame on the other driver-so hopefully the repairs will be done & not at your expense. It really poured here yesterday after we were home & the thunder shook the house. But afterwards we had a double rainbow. I hope some sunshine comes into your life.
         
        08-27-2013, 08:57 AM
      #1328
    Yearling
    Cant sleep. Passed out for a few hours due to exhaustion, but Im not in a happy spot. I Wish this evil streak of bad luck would stop.

    I wish I had more pics and videos of Pumpkin and my kids...I wish I had been able to collect tail hair, but it was covered in blood.

    My old BO texted me and said she will send any paperwork showing cost, anything we need to take this guy to court so he accepts responsibility. It wont bring Pumpkin back but...his I don't give a crap attitude was a slap in the face I can t ig ore.

    A friend brought up breeding Pumpkins mom for a last foal. She is beautiful, great conformation, color, and registered. She has had at least five foals and is 11 years old. Would die if anything happened to her at this point but I know it would make the kids happy. We have to go get her and have the money to do so, if we went that route it could be a year or so before we could breed, not to mention finding her a great little Shetland stud.) IDK. I am preg and my son is 4 and tiny (> 30 lbs). I will have use for Mama Pony and at least this last human baby would be able to ride the young one. I still have to get MP broke, just not sure that an ex feral would make a good ride for my son...

    He really loved Pumpkin....
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        08-27-2013, 09:20 AM
      #1329
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    Thanks for the kind words guys. Pretty much cried out and numb at this point. Being a understanding audience for my ramblings is more help than anything. Thanks again.

    Today is going to be pretty hard though. For the past 6 months or so, Missy only had one rider beside myself. A 12 yo girl that just clicked with her so well, she had upped lessons to 3 times a week shooting for a goal of being allowed to take her to a show. Told her last weekend that she had more than worked hard enough and made plans to go in 2 weeks. Her mom is a life long friend and was with me into the wee hours of the morning with Miss. Her kiddo has been crying herself to sleep. She wants to come today with flowers & peppermints to leave. I'm going to give her a braid from her mane and her mom is going to get her a locket engraved to carry a small piece in. Not sure how I'm going to keep it together for that.

    Another student invited me to go to her grandma's saddle shop on Wed. I'm to take hair from both Hondo & Missy, she is having custom spur straps made for me with insets for the hair that she will weave together. I love the idea. I have some awesome lesson families for sure.

    Other than necessary chores and kiddos coming to see me, I plan to stay out of the barn. Going to busy myself with my garden/canning & cleaning my neglected house. Making more v8 juice is on the list today, it may not get canned, it will likely join some absolut in my glass.
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    (for you, munchkin, and little lesson girl)
    RIP MissyMoo.
    I hope she is romping with Hondo in the greenest meadow ever with some jumps on the side for whenever she thinks...."Why not? Just for fun."
         
        08-27-2013, 11:56 AM
      #1330
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    Hi guys. This may get really long, so apologies in advance. Some of you already know from fb why I've not been around the last few days, as tough as it is, I wanted to check in and get some grief off my chest. Who better to understand my pain. DH has to work today and DD is at my parent's so I am home alone wallowing in pain & guilt, sorry for unloading this on you all.

    It's been a rough year for loss for me and I am paying the price for loving senior horses. I lost Hondo back in April and I am crushed to say that yesterday I lost Missy. While I love all of my horses, those 2 had my heart. Hondo owned it for a lifetime, Missy made her way in there quickly and took it over the last couple of years.

    I went out Thurs am to do chores and found a drenched, trembling Missy. Instantly freaked as she did this once before about 9 months ago. I knew immediately that she was colicking. The sweats & shakes were her reaction to pain (that in itself was terrifying to watch, both times). Vet was called immediately and was on her way. We & my big sweet girl all fought tooth & nail to get her through it. Initial assessment was we were going to try our ****dest but that needing surgery was a high probability and not a realistic option at her age. When I found her, her heart rate was up to 88, very minimal front guttural sounds and very dehydrated. She had been fine when I saw her late the evening prior on last rounds for the day. Vet got here, could feel but not remove rectally a large impaction. (same scenario as the first time she colicked) She was tubed, given banamine, a small amt anti-spasmodic & mild sedative for the shaking (she was exhausting herself with the pain reaction alone) and was monitored non stop for 20 hours and had made a small amount of progress to the positive side. Passed a small amount of gas & manure, HR down to 60, a lot less sweating. I was cautiously optimistic but early yesterday morning her HR jumped back up, she went down and it was over before I had the chance to ease her pain. I feel so guilty for that. She literally tried her heart out. She was one hell of a mare that gave me everything she had up to her very last second.

    A bit about my girl and why she stole my heart. She came into my life completely unexpectedly when I wasn't really even looking. I had mentioned getting a seasoned hunter/jumper eventually for myself to have a bit of fun with and lesson kids to start riding english on. My mom had been to a retirement party & horses came up in conversation. A man at the party told my mom that he had a horse. A stellar older Hano mare that was "wasting away" in his pasture because his daughter had moved and her mare had not. Mom asked about her past, she had been a rockstar jumper in her younger days jumping much higher than I ever have had guts or desire for, then lead a top notch string at a competitive university before moving to this man's home. My mom told me about the conversation and I said, why not, let's go see her. As a kid growing up on a QH farm that bred cutting & working horses, I dreamed of riding the Rolex on a big warmblood but that thought was almost sacrilege in my family steeped in working cow horse roots. Went to see her and fell in love. I didn't take tack, he didn't have any so I rode her in the open pasture bb with a halter & lead. She was perfect. It took all of 2 minutes to know she was mine.

    The few years we had were awesome. I haven't had that much fun riding in years. The fact that there are breeches in my closet next to 20 pairs of wrangler jeans says something. I have a xc course in my woods, just for her & I. She was the sweetest thing, she was the favorite of all of my lesson kids, even the ones who don't ride english. Gentle giant. She was a put her nose to the grindstone and get it done kind of mare, the only time she was ever a bit hot - when there was a course in front of her, she loved to jump, absolutely loved it. Never uncontrollable hot by a mile but a ton of horse ready and willing to go for it. I can't imagine what she was like when she was younger. Would have loved to have thrown a leg over her then. She was a worthless trail horse but it was fun nonetheless. Every stick, squirrel, heaven forbid a deer, were all quite capable of eating all 16.3 hands of her. She would watch any time I was in the arena with another horse and stand pouting waiting for her turn. Only darn horse I've ever met that begged to be rode. I am going to miss her like crazy and she may very well be the last horse my english saddle goes on. **** it this hurts.

    Rest In Peace Missy Moo.
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    So sorry... :( It's been a terrible year so far for so many people (me including). I feel your pain! * Hugs *
         

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