After losing my mare after two and a half months together, I know that I'm never going to take another horse for granted. I had waited eight years for my first horse and we were making tremendous progress in her training (as I recorded in our journal) but she was taken from me tragically and unexpectedly. So although she never gave me too many reasons to get frustrated, she taught me that patience is truly the key to working with any horse. She'll be forever missed by me, that is a fact. I am thankful for having had the privilege of owning her and just wish that she was still here with me.
And I'm sorry to hear about your mare, but just remember to enjoy all your moments together.. even if it's only grooming. Indie had arthritis too, although it never caused her any problems and she loved her work.
Forever loved, never forgotten; my beautiful Indie. <3 Hoofprints on my heart.