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post #11 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 12:00 PM
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Your horse knew the post was there and it was up to her to avoid it. Are you sure that's what caused the fracture? Perhaps, considering her background, her bones may have been weakened. When there are mineral deficiencies the body will take it from the bones. It could have been from a kick from another horse. If the post has been dislodged it may have been a horse with an itchy bum.
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post #12 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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I just heard an eye witness account of what happened. The horses were running/playing, she somehow knocked the fence post with a hind leg, it unbalanced her, and she fell forwards, breaking the radius of her front leg...
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post #13 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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The post was upright, thick wood, and fast to the ground. Meant as one of the corner posts for the arena I wanted to build. I never, ever would have seen this coming. I don't know... I'm losing my nerve with horses... I loved her so so much.
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post #14 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 06:22 PM
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accidents happen I don't care if your horse is in a padded stall 24/7 they can and have broken their legs.
Blaming yourself and fearing for the safety of your other animals is not healthy.
These dire feelings about the saftey of your other horses have no basis in reality.
Remove the post and fill in the hole.
Death is a part of life just like birth . You have no control over when or where something is going to die as long as you take care of it properly you have no guilt to bear.
Give yourself a break. Shalom
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post #15 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 06:33 PM
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Oh muumie, my heart breaks for you.

Please, do not blame yourself. You gave your beautiful girl a WONDERFUL life, after much hardship and pain. If I remember correctly, she was a very sad and broken little filly, and you gave her life. I also recall that she had many times where you weren't sure that she would make it to be useful, or even truely happy. Times when some may have just given up and put her down for lack of wanting to 'waste' their time on a 'broken' horse.

You, Muumie, did nothing wrong. Horses are horses...they will do as they please. She could have just as easily injured herself in another way. You did not know that the fence post would bring sadness or pain, you were innocent. You loved your mare and you gave her a second chance at life. You believed in her and you worked hard to help her. What more could a loyal horse ask for?

This was a tragic accident, and one that will remain with you forever. But do not let it's weight lie on your shoulders. Its too heavy of a burden for you to bear. Instead, remember the good times with your girl, and reflect on how happy she made you, and you made her. Her quality of life would have been nothing without you. It is only because of you that she even had a person who loved her to leave behind. Otherwise, who knows what she would have been? She was no looker as a yearling, but you saw her as the diamond in the rough that she was, and you hand picked her. She had so much to be grateful for. So much that many horses do not have. She had unconditional love!

I will be thinking of you this evening, and I'm sending Kenzie's and my love to you. May your beautiful mare run forever, pain free, where grass is unlimited, injury is unspoken of, and she can look down and watch over you, as your very own guardian horse.


Don't mourn for me
Dear owner, kind and true.
I know that you will miss me
As I will also think of you.
We shared so many secrets;
Those you whispered in my ear.
I've kept those secrets for you
Lest anyone would hear.
And in return you've kept me
From being turned out in the cold.
You've fed, watered, and cared for me
While we both grew old.
But God had called and needs me;
He says that it is time
I claim that sweet reward
In a kinder, green clime.
He promises sweeter clover,
Clear water, rich and pure.
I'll never have to suffer
From wounds that humans cannot cure.
I'll romp and play all day
With others he has called hither.
I'll have so many new friends
That will scratch upon my wither.
I'll be watching out for you
When comes your judgment day
And together towards the pearly gates
We again will ride away!

Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.
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post #16 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 06:41 PM
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Muumi I'm so sorry.

The only "reasoning" I've found over the years is that it was just their day. It's going to come regardless of what we do or don't do, it's inevitable for us all.

Super huge hugs!
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post #17 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 06:45 PM
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So sorry for your tragic loss.

I agree with dbarabians, horses can find something to hurt themselves on. When we built our pastures to bring my horses home I explained it to my non-horse husband like this....

If you see something that you think they might hurt themselves on, then they will definitely hurt themselves. If you don't see anything that you think they will hurt themselves on, they will definitely hurt themselves. Ie they are going to hurt themselves.

Please don't blame yourself and give yourself some time to heal before you make any decisions.
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post #18 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 07:04 PM
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Prayers and hugs sent to you in this heartbreaking time - Today a horse rescue came to pick up hay I donated to the cause of several starved horses who never had a loving, caring owner like you. You have given so very much, and that lovely mare lived a horse's dream in your wonderful care. Time is merciful, and allow it to heal your pain. God Bless :)
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post #19 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 07:38 PM
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I'm soo sorry to hear about yur loss.

Ride with us!
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post #20 of 28 Old 05-16-2013, 07:42 PM
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Eish angaaz! I am so sorry to read this and grieve with you your loss.

We grow too soon old, and too late smart.
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