Said goodbye to a life long friend today, Rest in peace Hondo.
Apologies if this gets a bit rambling, I am hoping that getting it out will help ease my pain a bit. One of the toughest days I've experienced. I laid to rest my life long best friend this morning. It's hard to find words for a horse I've loved for 31 years and had such an impact on my life and who I am as a person. He is the reason that I do what I do.
We grew up together, literally. He was born a year and a half after I was. He was the friend that helped me through and dealt with most of my rough spots in life. My teenage self shed a lot of mad at the world tears on his neck and shoulders. He taught me more about horses than any human ever could. He taught me patience, how a great horse should handle and how to get the best out of them, his talent allowed me to become a great rider & showman, taught me what it was like to handle a stallion, taught me how it felt to set goals and soar past them, he also taught many children and adults alike how to ride and what a great horse should be. I am very thankful that my daughter got to learn on him.
He was the horse I literally counted down days until I turned 18 and could show him. My birthday gift that year from my grandpa was hauling us to a show on my birthday. Hondo's gift to me that day was an all around championship, he was amazing and let me ride to my full potential. We won every single class we entered that day. One of my fondest memories, I've never seen my grandpa so proud, of both of his babies.
I am going to miss his rocking chair jog, his soft kind eyes and even his pathetic version of a bucking fit when he hadn't been rode in awhile, he even bucked gracefully and smooth.
So, here's to you Hondo and the 31 wonderful years we had together. I love you buddy, thank you for one hell of a ride.
Rest In Peace, Hondo. 1982-2013
Big hugs, MHF. Nothing I can say will make it better. Only tincture of time helps, and even then not perfectly.
What a lovely tribute to an amazing horse. It's very clear you loved him deeply.
Oh, my heart just breaks for you MHFQ. I know the pain that you are feeling all too well. Hondo was a beautiful boy and it is very obvious that you loved him very much, and he loved you. He lived a long, successful life with you though, and I am certain that he appreciated everything that you did for him.
RIP Hondo, and may you have endless pastures to run in with the rest of our old friends!
RIP dearest Hondo.
And **hugs** to you MFHQ.
So sorry for your loss, hugs are being sent your way from me :)
Time and good memmories will help the healing proccess.
Might be too soon and if it is I am soory but have you though of a horse hair bracelet in his honor or to rememebr him by with somthing physical...? I know I will be doing that when the time comes for my boy.
Again so sorry, hugs!
I'm so sorry for your loss!!!! =(
Thanks guys. Definitely trying to focus on all of the good memories and there's a lot. Think I've shed enough tears to fill the Mississippi in the last couple of days. Heaven definitely got a good one.
Not too soon KS, no worries. I hitch horsehair myself and plan to make his tail into a set of reins. Then 6 months from now when I get them done he can help me start the next batch of youngsters.
I'm so sorry MHF.
So sorry, Mandy. No doubt he had a long, fantastic life with you.
I am very sorry for your lose MHF. My thoughts are with you -hugs- :cry:
I enjoyed reading the amazing bond you had with Hondo.
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