Everyone's getting their videos up ... here's mine of Beau.
Some of you may know, and some of you may not know, that my Beau is no longer with us. I had Beau put down just under 2 months ago. I didn't say anything about it on the forums because some on here apparently think I "used him up and made him lame." :shock:
Anyway, it was a very tough decision. I'm really mad at myself that it came to this, that I wasn't home to see him getting worse because I was gone for school, that I didn't somehow get him in sooner even though my parents were paying and keeping him for me, that I didn't notice he wasn't stepping perfectly, or all the other things I could have done to at least prolong his performance and comfort a few more years. But it is what it is, and I made the decision to put him down now, instead of inevitably 2 or 3 years down the road. He wasn't ridable, even with his daily bute, and he was just starting to have this cranky attitude. That wasn't my Beau. I've only got room for 2 horses where I board, and so I figured I could at least start working with my yearling colt and put my time and money into him. And let Beau go.
I was very thankful that my parents took him home to the farm for me, where a local and trusted vet came out to put him to sleep. My dad buried him in one of our pastures with our pay loader.
I saved a big braid out of his big beautiful tail, and it's hanging on my apartment wall, next to his halter, next to a painting of him I got as a gift last year.
Although a painful process, I have resolved from it that my horses will never go a year without getting a complete health examination. Because I never want this to happen again. I'm on my own now and I can spend my money where I want. Red and Shotgun are going to be spoiled brats when it comes to healthcare. And we're starting off with the dentist on Tuesday!
Anyway, I've been meaning to make this for a while, and I was inspired by everyone else posting their videos.
So here's to Ravishing Beau. :-( I miss the big guy.
April 30, 1998 to September 21, 2012http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k27/r_beau/072fun.jpg
He was definitely a handsome guy!
He was a very pretty boy!
So sorry to hear that :( He was a handsome man that is for sure!
It is never a easy decision when it comes time to put our 4 legged family down...
Also great video, very touching and showed the amazing horse he was :)
I'm so sorry for your loss. What happened? He was beautiful. The first song was the perfect choice.
I'm so sorry. I had to put my boy down in March and it took me about 3 months to stop crying myself to sleep every night, and even now I still have days where I just cry. It's so good you have your other horses to put time into now though. It can be such a hard thing to go through, but having other horses to help get you through it is amazing. He was a very pretty boy!
I have been in college for the past 8 years (just graduated from optometry school in May), and especially was gone a lot the last 4 years while in grad school. I'm sure if I would have been around more or seen him more, I would have noticed something was wrong sooner. Looking back now I see the signs, but I didn't realize it then. My parents kept him for me throughout my school years.
He started to get really bad last year in Oct/Nov, or at least my mom would tell me over the phone. I had already been begging to have him taken to the vet for the last year, but my dad doesn't take an animal to the vet until it's dying .... especially our "hobby" horses. I couldn't do a whole lot about it being 4 states away and relying financially on my parents.
He finally got taken in about a year ago, in Nov 2011. Two local vets looked at him and diagnosed him with locking stifle. They said to do hill exercises, which was impossible because I wasn't home. He continued to get worse over the winter. At one point during Christmas break last year, he couldn't even trot with me on his back (just hopped on for a bareback ride).
When I graduated from school in May, I took him to a lameness specialist. It didn't take more than 10 minutes for him to tell me that he had fluid in his stifle and hocks and I could do injections, but they would strictly be to keep him comfortable. He said I could ride him at a walk once in a while, but it was best not to ride him at all.
So my good barrel horse was officially retired, when I was just ready to travel all over the place with him when I was done with school. Super bummer.
I kept him on daily bute this whole summer, but I could tell it was bothering him. Most of the time, he wouldn't even trot or gallop on his own accord in the pasture. Just walk, or rather limp.
Yea, I could have kept him around for a few more years. Yea, I could have had my parents take him.
But I couldn't justify dishing out money (that I don't have lying around) to keep him when I know he's not comfortable anyway, and I know someday I am going to have to put him down. So I decided to get it over with.
I'm really surprised that I held it together somewhat through all of this. I still go through little phases of crying, but its better. Some tears were shed making the video, though.
Yes, it's great to have my other two boys to focus my attention on.
And I'm so loving my yearling. Although he is his own unique individual, he's got a lot of similarities to my Beau. He's going to the trainer next June/July and I can't wait to climb on his back. I've been so very impressed with him thus far.
Red has been a learning experience. I think he's going to be great too but he is 100% opposite of Beau. So he's taking some getting used to. Red's gonna have some big shoes to fill!
Sorry for you loss. If you remember correctly I was not happy because you talked about sending him to slaughter. I stated it wasn't right to use your horse up and than send him to an auction to the kill pen. I know you didn't like my comment and it wasn't as in "used him up" as it was no longer sound to ride. IMO those horses that have given us their all deserve and end better than a kill pen. Glad he is buried and didn't have the trauma of being hauled to slaughter. My deepest sympathy in your loss.
I do remember very correctly. You (and others) claimed several times that I made him lame and I used him up; that no horse can possibly have severe arthritis at age 14 without being mistreated. And those comments were completely unrelated to the horse slaughter debate that came up. That's what made me upset and that's what was hurtful, and made this whole ordeal even harder for me. Folks assuming that I ran his poor legs into the ground and made him lame.
Not to mention the disrespectful name-calling, just because I don't share the same opinion on horse slaughter. It's fine to have a different opinion. It's not fine to have a closed and immature mind when someone else doesn't agree.
I also find it ironic how you didn't reply to my Private Message I sent you after that debacle, trying to explain to you that I did not "use" Beau up and lame him, but now all of a sudden you are sorry for my loss, and now saying you didn't say I used him up??
You clearly did. And no, I'm clearly not over it.
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