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RemembertheFallen 12-29-2012 07:07 PM

My Admiral is Gone...
 
Since he was born I owned a tall, 17.2hh, black stallion I named the Admiral. He was owned by a friend of mine's friend, well his mother was anyway, and the day after he was born the Admiral was mine. You see Admiral's dam died five hours after his birth and nobody had faith that her tiny black colt would even make it to see the rising of the sun. So I took it upon myself to ask his owners if I could had rear him. They told me that if he made it to see his third day then he was mine to take. So ten years later the Admiral was a full grown Shire/Morgan cross of enormous size with the gentlest soul. Then one day he went lame and after the vet arrived he told that the Admiral had laminitis in both of his front hooves and was showing signs of having a problem with one of his rear hooves as well. That was the worst news that I wanted to hear, I would have been happy with a stone bruise. Well after many sleepless nights in the barn, yes I slept in the stall next to his, the Admiral was visibly worse in my eye. My friend, who was with me the day he was diagnosed, did not notice the change but I did. I was the one who had been with the Admiral his entire life so I could tell that there was a change. The Admiral lived to see his eleventh birthday two months later before peacefully leaving this world while I held his head in my lap. A few hours later my Morgan mare, Blue Bird, gave birth to his last foal. A perfect mirror image of his late sire, only the Admiral had three socks where the foal has four. So I named the foal, a colt, Admiral's Last Stand.

RemembertheFallen 12-29-2012 07:09 PM

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Originally Posted by RemembertheFallen (Post 1819820)
Since he was born I owned a tall, 17.2hh, black stallion I named the Admiral. He was owned by a friend of mine's friend, well his mother was anyway, and the day after he was born the Admiral was mine. You see Admiral's dam died five hours after his birth and nobody had faith that her tiny black colt would even make it to see the rising of the sun. So I took it upon myself to ask his owners if I could had rear him. They told me that if he made it to see his third day then he was mine to take. So ten years later the Admiral was a full grown Shire/Morgan cross of enormous size with the gentlest soul. Then one day he went lame and after the vet arrived he told that the Admiral had laminitis in both of his front hooves and was showing signs of having a problem with one of his rear hooves as well. That was the worst news that I wanted to hear, I would have been happy with a stone bruise. Well after many sleepless nights in the barn, yes I slept in the stall next to his, the Admiral was visibly worse in my eye. My friend, who was with me the day he was diagnosed, did not notice the change but I did. I was the one who had been with the Admiral his entire life so I could tell that there was a change. The Admiral lived to see his eleventh birthday two months later before peacefully leaving this world while I held his head in my lap. A few hours later my Morgan mare, Blue Bird, gave birth to his last foal. A perfect mirror image of his late sire, only the Admiral had three socks where the foal has four. So I named the foal, a colt, Admiral's Last Stand.


Stan as I call the Admiral's son is now a well built three month old colt.

WesternRider88 12-30-2012 02:30 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my horse to colic last month, so I know how you feel.

tinyliny 12-30-2012 02:45 AM

I would surely love to see some photos of these dear horses.

Herdof2 12-30-2012 06:19 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. It is heartwarming and heart breaking to hear your story. I'm happy you have his foal... Would love to see a pic of those 4 socks :)

Cacowgirl 12-30-2012 03:28 PM

So sorry for the loss of your stallion -sounds like a lovely companion. Love your name for his last colt. Hope you continue to post & maybe we'll see some pictures? RIP Admiral.

nvr2many 12-30-2012 03:35 PM

I am sorry for your loss but happy for your new arrival! And when you feel up to it I agree that pictures would be wonderful.

WesternRider88 12-30-2012 04:10 PM

Yeah pictures would be great!

RemembertheFallen 12-30-2012 05:35 PM

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Okay so you want a picture of both the Admiral and his son I take it. Well I only have one picture of Stan, as I call Admiral's Last Stand, on my computer and countless ones of his sire. As Stan is getting old he looks like he is going to become a bay one day. The winter picture it is kind of hard to see the Admiral's other two socks but he was having fun that day. If I could post the video I shot that day I would.

Northernstar 12-30-2012 06:49 PM

First and foremost, a warm welcome to the forum - your story was beautiful, heartbreaking, (as it is when we lose a beloved animal), and ended with the joy of a new life in your Stan, who is absolutely stunning.... Thankyou so much for sharing, and yes, please do show us as many photos as you wish :)


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