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post #1 of 11 Old 05-19-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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I will miss you forever, but hello to a new beginning

I doubt anyone remembers the few posts I made about my paint mare, Piper. I had put her into training with the trainer I work for to attempt to figure out why she was rearing. Long story short, she suddenly passed away on me. She was my EVERYTHING and it absolutely crushed me. Thankfully, I have an extremely supportive boss/trainer. She helped me more than I think she will ever realize, I wouldn't have been able to pull through all of this as much as I have if it weren't for her. It hurt even worse because I didn't have a horse to turn to. My shoulder to cry on is my horse, and she was G O N E. Really, really terrifying feeling--no one to turn to when things are worse than they have EVER been.
My trainer knew of a gelding she had known for years. She had done training on him in the past and he had just been sitting around. The person who gave him to me rescued him as a yearling and completely loved him, but they just kind of clashed personality wise. He is very in your business, always about him and he needed his own person. She raised him so well though, very lucky guy.
He has been at my trainer's barn for the last month so she could do some one-on-one training with us and make sure we were good to go on our own (I have some confidence issues at times). My mom and I have been rather stressed over his "mom" coming to inspect our place. But things went well. YAY!! So we got to sign the papers today. He gets to come home this week. Such a relief!

So here he is...

Major Splash of Class a.k.a. Wally. <3

Ignore my messy hair... I had just gotten off work lol.

Dorky smile, but it shows his personality.

So expect more pictures soon...

RIP Piper <3 Thanks for allowing Wally to join my life.

You can never take a Thoroughbred away from a horse crazy girl.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-19-2012, 07:38 PM
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I know the pain of losing a beloved horse and believe that things happen for a reason or in their own time. Wally needed a new partner and call it karma or whatever, but the timing was right.

When I lost my horse back in November I swore I was done, then, I found the horse I have now a few months later and due to his willingness, gentleness and just plain silliness at times he has made it clear that he is mine and I am his.

Today he confirmed that bond. I was at his head adjusting his bridle, just sliding the straps into keepers, and as usual I gave his face a rub...he put his head in my arms and just sighed.

Best of luck :)
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-19-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!

It is just really hard to not have her around. We were really bonded, I'm pretty sure I'm the only human that ever really TRIED to help her. I did absolutely EVERYTHING in my power to help her and it hurts that I wasn't able to fix her completely. She was my best friend. She came running as fast as she could EVERY time I called her (she is out on 7 acres of grassy pasture). When I got her she would run from you when you tried to catch her. It's hard to let that bond go. I want her back so badly (even though she was insanely dangerous with her rearing issue). I just have to push through. Wally just shows me that things will be alright. He's my guiding light. <3

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post #4 of 11 Old 05-19-2012, 08:23 PM
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Wow... Its freaky how your story is just like mine.

I started working with an abused, terrified of humans and life. He would rear up and flip over constantly. He would violently throw himself backwards and try to squish people. When I started working with him, we formed an incredible bond that I can't even describe. He changed my life forever.

I adopted him and had almost 4 amazing years with him and made many incredible memories. He then just gave out last summer, and told me it was his time. His name was Mason and he was my heart and soul and everything good in my life.

After he was put down, he died in my arms looking up at me. I started working with an extremely flighty and nervous gelding and he showed me that I do have room in my heart for another amazing animal. He helped me realize that life always gets better.

What I learned from Mason was that love heals all and that I can get through anything and everything. He gave me inner strength that I had no idea I had.

So I know what its like to lose a best friend and I feel for you!
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-19-2012, 08:34 PM
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-19-2012, 09:11 PM
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Sorry about your loss, but he's in a good place now and Wally found you at least :) he's beautiful

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-20-2012, 03:11 AM
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I'm sorry you lost Piper, luckily you found Wally. They're both beautiful.

Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-20-2012, 11:44 AM
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Sometimes the oddest turn of events produce the nicest results. You look very happy with your new horse. I'm glad things worked out in the end for you.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-20-2012, 12:54 PM
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I am so sorry for the loss of you horse Piper
congratulations with your new horse Wally

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-20-2012, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the kind words everyone! Wally is the only thing that can really put a TRUE smile on my face. He makes me so very happy, I adore him.

His old owner (still his mommy) had taken a picture of us the day I went to get him. She wrote a super nice little note on facebook with it. Totally got me crying last night when I saw it.

You can never take a Thoroughbred away from a horse crazy girl.
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