Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia
My first pony, Acorn, was put down not long ago, at the age of 41. It broke my heart to see her go, but she was ready to go, and it have been unkind to keep her alive. I agree with kmacdougall, if Acorn hadn't had to go, I probably never would have found Isabelle. She taught me everything, but she also knew when it was time for me to move on.
It does hurt like hell when you have to let go of a horse you love so much, and it never really stops hurting, but it does get better. Loving another horse doesn't mean forgetting about the other horses, but finding a place in your heart for another horse.
You said one of the horses was one you rescued. The work you do is so important and helping horses towards a better life is one of the best things you can do. In the end, you might not have to worry about loving another horse, because sometimes they steal your heart and don't give you a choice. =)
Kind, Confident, Consistent Leadership = Trust, Obedience and Respect
There is no such thing as natural horsemanship, because nothing we do with horses is natural. There is only good and bad horsemanship.