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post #31 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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I just remembered something...back at our old barn, we used to let Pumpkin out when he had his corrective shoes on...he was on stall rest...and we'd have my son walk back and forth, because Pumpkin would follow him like a puppy.

Lucian would start running, Pumpkin would trot after him...he'd stop, Pumpkin would stop. My son would walk backwards into the horse, the horse would just stand there and get bonked by my son's head. God they were so attached to eachother!!! I'm going to look for the video and post it....

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RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13
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post #32 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:51 AM
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So sorry for your loss - I would not be containing myself so well!

Poor little Pumpkin he is such a sweetheart :( Your son will understand, but you need to spam your neighbor with gory photos of what his dog did, rename the neighbor "pony killer", and make sure that dog is PTS. Make the case that you're worried about the safety of your son. If the dog will take down a pony, what would it do to him?

I am so sad for you :(
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post #33 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Jareth, the Goblin King
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RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13

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post #34 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 12:00 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss. **hugs and prayers sent**
Do whatEVER you need to do to keep your other animals safe on your property.
I think the cheapest and easiest solution would be to hot wire the bottoms of your fencing, if you don't already have some there. I don't care for it myself, but where I used to keep my horses the BO used it. It goes right through you if you touch it, and a dog isn't gonna want to be zapped twice.
It burns me up when dog owners are so irresponsible. My GS/Collie mix "Zena" (1998-2008, RIP) wouldn't kill even a baby bird, and my two dogs can be defensive, but they've made friends with my neighbors AND their dogs and even "Rose" licks our neighbor's baby's face on his walks. They are BOTH GS mixes.
You will have waves of grief--I know bc I've been there.

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post #35 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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We moved into this place July 1st, it's a rental. I suppose we could probably hook up some hot wire along the bottom of the fence soon.

Ya know what gets me?

The man next door has pigs...a couple of small baby ones, and a couple big pregnant sows in a separate pen...and they are literally not that far from where Pumpkin died. Why Pumpkin? Wouldn't a fat juicy pig have been easier? I honestly don't wish that on my neighbor, or anyone, it just really hurts that that poor stupid, innocent animal couldn't just CATCH A BREAK! =(

My head hurts, I gotta get my son ready and try to work out stuff with the school....

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post #36 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 12:30 PM
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I am so sorry
No one should have to face something like that but if that dog is capable of it then at some point in time its going to happen again so it should be destroyed really - next time could be a child
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post #37 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 12:39 PM
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I'm so so so sorry for your loss.
The video is so good, everytime your boy says 'oops, sorry' to pumpkin, it's literally the most amazing thing ever. You have a great kid, and pumpkin seems like he was a great pony.
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post #38 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 01:17 PM
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I am so sorry. I can't imagine that kind of pain you must all be feeling.
I would be as truthful to your boy as possible, but definitely keep out the ugly details. Just tell him the pony got into an accident and died peacefully. He will probably ask questions, but just be vague. Don't lie, but skip the details. He may ask again when he's older, and there may be a time when he should know what really happened...but at age four, he has a lot to worry about.
However, you should warn him about the dog if he comes back. Whether you tell him that the dog had anything to do with the pony is up to you, but at age four, he should know to stay far away from that dog. I wouldn't let him go out by himself, but he should be aware that the dog is dangerous.

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I am so sorry! That is absolutely tragic! I can't imagine what you are going through right now. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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post #40 of 131 Old 08-26-2013, 01:24 PM
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I'm so sorry! What a horrible loss. :(
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