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Golden Horse 05-12-2011 03:01 PM

Long gone but still missed
We have long got over the rawness of this loss, but still as anyone who has had lost a friend knows, there are days when you feel that loss more than others.

This is about the colt I never wanted, in 2008 I was looking for a Haflinger, and eventually found one I liked all the way down in Ohio, I started talking to the owner and was just about sold on her when they dropped the bombshell that she was in foal. I nearly cancelled the sale, I really wanted a riding horse, I wasn't interested in a foal. I thought about it for a while, and then life got in the way for a while, and by the time I made up my mind to buy her, it was 2009 and she was to heavy in foal to move, so I had to wait until she foaled out and then get both of them shipped up here to Canada.

When the ramp was dropped on the trailer I got my first real life glimpse of Fancy and little Alsvid and I was hooked. Fancy was all I hoped for, but that little colt was something else, within the week he had made devoted slaves of all of us, even horse averse husband was fond of him.

He as only a few short weeks old when he got a cough, we had the vet out on the Wednesday who prescribed some medicine for him, Thursday he seemed to be doing well. Friday he looked a little down, and then on the Saturday morning he was obviously really ill, the vet gave a huge shot of antibiotics, and he seemed to be a but better, he walked over to watch my husband fixing the hinges of the gate on his paddock. I went in to make lunch and could just see a pair of little upright golden ears as he supervised the work.

When we went out he had gone, he had just lay down and died right there, peacefully in the grass in the sunlight, and it darn near broke my heart.

Sometimes little ones are just to good for this world.

Here is a memorial I put together for him one year after he went, crank up the volume and enjoy the few short months of Alsvids life, and smile at the thought of the beauty of Gods special herd.

Magaidh 05-12-2011 09:01 PM

What a sad story. It hurts so much to lose them, especially when they are young. At least he didn't suffer, and I'm sure his short life was wonderful.

Cat 05-13-2011 09:14 PM

Oh my - An Alsvid video. Trying to make me cry, aren't ya? What a beautiful boy. I guess someone had bigger plans for him, but knowing that doesn't make it easier.

Sahara 05-13-2011 09:36 PM

Oh, Golden Horse, what a sweet tribute to a lovely boy.

Gallop On 05-13-2011 10:09 PM

Awe... Thats so sad. When any of my pets die its like... a piece of my heart always leaves with each one and they are never ever NEVER forgot. He was beautiful though (: His life must must of precious, the little he had of it.

Hidalgo13 05-13-2011 10:21 PM

awe... :( I know how it hurts. I had to euthanize my guinea pig on Tuesday. I had had her for 6 years and I knew she was getting old, but she was always really healthy despite a small case of diabetes. It broke my heart to put her down because she was so lively and happy. She was just starting to enjoy the spring grass and then we saw she had ringworm, and her teeth were suddenly chipped. I had hoped I would find her one morning, gone in her sleep or something, like Alsvid. He just peacefully went as he lay in the sun, which is a beautiful way to go. It's better then realizing they are sick and having to put them down. :(

tinyliny 05-13-2011 11:22 PM

What a sad story but a lovely video. Perhaps you should shoot Lilruffian a shot of the baby, she is looking for foals to paint.

jdw 05-14-2011 08:15 PM

So SAD!!! I'll bet mama had a hard time, too. It breaks my heart, and of course I cried watching your video. Funny isn't it; sometimes the things we dont want turn out to be the best things in life!! He was truly beautiful!! I guess he had pneumonia? Tragic. He sure seemed to have quite a personality. Sorry for your loss.

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