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Wallaby 03-28-2014 01:40 PM

Lacey is gone.
Last night Lacey began colicking really badly.
She had never shown colic signs before this.

The vet was out fast, but it was bad. We got her all doped up ut her pain level was really high - a 1000lb dose of banamine was only lasting her 2 hours before she was in major pain again. And she's the most stoic horse I've met!

So I sat with her for hours this morning, recounting every adventure we had ever gone on and thanking her for a life well lived. And for how well she took care of me through everything.

Then I did what I had promised her I would do, and we let her go.

The vet, who had just met her last night [our normal vet wasn't able to make it, unfortunately] sobbed through the whole thing.
Maybe it's terrible, but to see a relative "stranger" be so affected by Lacey, even as Lacey was leaving was really a microcosm for Lacey's entire life right there.
She touched so many people, taught so many kids to ride and feel safe on a horse's back, she taught ME to feel safe on a horse's back...she was truly one in a bajillion.

And in keeping with her life time of teaching, last night I had to sedate her and, despite my fear of injecting things, I gave her the shot all by myself - on the first try.
I just don't know what I'm going to do without her. I haven't gone a day in 3 years where I didn't see her at least twice a day...

The vet said it was one of the most peaceful and ready passings she had seen.
Lacey just laid right down and was gone.
But she's not really gone, I can still feel her. Maybe I will always feel her, that would be good.

Run free, sweet girl.
Go be the sassiest Unicorn heaven has to offer.
Go see your friends, I'll see you in a while.

tinyliny 03-28-2014 01:46 PM

The loss is all the harder for those that love powerfully.

What a wonderful journey you've had, and thank you for sharing it with us, step by step, day by day, inspiration filled and image rich.
We are honored.

Corporal 03-28-2014 01:47 PM

You couldn't buy another Lacey--good girls like that are worth a fortune. I am so sorry for your loss, but she isn't in pain, anymore. **hugs and prayers for your comfort**

Sharpie 03-28-2014 01:53 PM

You will be in my thoughts. A relationship like the two of you had changes your life.
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Roperchick 03-28-2014 01:54 PM

I said it on FB, on your journal and here. I am so so so sorry. She was the classiest Arab I'd ever met haha. ((((Hugs))). I'm just a message away if you need to talk chica.
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barrelracer892 03-28-2014 02:08 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've enjoyed reading your posts of her for the past few years. She was certainly one in a million.

SouthernTrails 03-28-2014 02:58 PM


So sorry for the loss :-(


Endiku 03-28-2014 03:05 PM

She really and truly was one of those horses that wasn't just a horse. Even here, in Texas, thousands of miles away from you, after never even meeting her...I feel her loss. I think Lacey was one of those pieces of heaven that are given to us so that we can learn, and through YOU, we were all blessed by her.

Again, you are absolutely amazing. I only hope that when the time comes for my animals to go, I can display even half of the true love that you did. Yes, Lacey will ALWAYS be with you. Always be a part of you. Her legacy will extend far because she was just that amazing. And who knows? Maybe God will even give her special welcoming privileges for those who are coming through to know. Official welcoming unicorn. I think it sounds like a very noble, Lacey-type position.

CLaPorte432 03-28-2014 03:12 PM

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Oh no!!! I am so sorry to hear this. You are an incredible person and gave Lacey so many wonderful years. I am even crying looking at her pictures.

Lacey will always be with you. Never think otherwise.
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Paradise 03-28-2014 03:25 PM

"Don't cry because its over, smile because it happened"

I have always lived my life believing everything happens for a reason, that everything leads to something else. Unfortunately, when you lose someone thag was such a huge part of your life this doesn't always seem true.

In a way it's like. ..its not that she passed for a reason, but it's almost like her time was done. If you're religious at all you can think of it like God gave her to you for a reason, he gave her to you because he knew you would be the best thing for one another. He trusted you with her safe keeping. ..until it was time for her to go.

Sorry for rambling.. Rest in paradise sweet old woman!
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