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Babu's Charm, affectionatly known at the barn as Murphy, was humanely euthanized yesterday due to severe colic. The necropsy revealed that it was the right decision, nothing could have been done to save her.

I met Murphy nearly 9 years ago when I bought my paint gelding. She had been a broodmare at the farm he was at and I remember being really interested in her. Six years ago, she gave birth to a beautiful 1/2 Thoroughbred 1/2 Paint filly named Babu, who looks exactly like Murphy in build and personality.

When I sold my Paint gelding, I was looking for a horse that could take me up the levels in eventing. So, we remembered the sweet-natured, spirited, sensitive Thoroughbred mare we had seen at that farm all those years ago. When Murphy came to me, she was scared of whips and getting on her was the scariest experience of my life. But, as time went on, she became one of the best horses I ever had the pleasure of owning. With her flowing trot, her rocking horse canter, and her fear of the unexpected, Murphy was more geared towards the dressage arena. So, we gave her to one of my very good friends. This friend continued to ride her, take her to dressage shows, and give lessons on her. She loved her all the way up until the day she died.

Sadly, Murphy developed a bad case of colic on Tuesday evening. Things were looking good, until 3 hours later when the decision was made to take her to the vet hospital. By morning, she was doing no better, and the vet recommended the euthanization. By afternoon, Murphy had quietly gone to heaven.

So here's to you, sweet girl. You were, and remain, one of the BEST horses I have ever owned. You taught me so much and I will mourn your loss for the rest of my life. You are in a better place now; no more pain, no more suffering.

Rest In Peace Babu's Charm aka "Murphy"
15.3hh Thoroughbred mare
1996-2010
 

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I'm very sorry for your loss :(
 

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I am so sorry for your loss Drew *HUGS* I know it is very heartbreaking and devistating to go through - and I feel your pain :(

She was absolutely stunning, and a beautiful mare! R.I.P!

*tears*
 

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Thanks for the sentiments guys. I will be sure to pass these onto her current owner (up until yesterday). She had to make an impossible decision. I rode her occasionally after I sold her which made it harder I think
 

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I'm so sorry for your, and her owner's, loss. She looks and sounds like she was a wonderful mare. In all the pictures she has the look of a horse that knows she is loved and cherished, she was a beauty.

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Thanks Wallaby. Murph knew she was good. She had quite the ego =]
 

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I'm very sorry for your loss. Please pass my condolences on to Murphy's owner as well. I'm sure she was a good, good horse.

There was a man named Irving Townsend who once wrote on the subject of loss of a horse, and I have often found his words comfort in times of grief.

We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Yet, we still would live no other way. The life of a horse, often half our own, seems endless until one day. That day has come and gone for me, and I am once again within a smaller circle, still unable to believe that this evening I will not see Prince against the setting sun, head lowered, eyes half closed, tail a golden fall. He was, and is again, a prince to us all.
~ Irving Townsend
 

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So sorry for your loss. Sending both you and her owner loving thoughts.
BTW...the last photo is stunning.
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Thanks for the quote, Indyhorse. It's beautiful.

Thanks for the sentiments HP.

I am going to get a graphite drawing done of the last photo. Our own Liz Norris is going to be doing it and I will give it to her owner. She'll love it.
 

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I am so sorry. Everyone grieves completely and in their own time. If you are familiar with the Kubler Ross Stages of grief, it may help.... it helped me during my sad times.
 

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^ I'll have to look that up. Never heard of it. Luckily, I think I'm doing pretty well. Since I sold her 3 years ago, I've seen her quite a few times but as any horse person knows, it's not as hard when you do not own them anymore. Believe me, I cried alot. But now, I think I'm more focused on celebrating her short life and putting what she taught me into action. She taught me how to really *ride* sensitive horses in dressage. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to ride a horse like that.

I'm more worried about her owner. She is having a very hard time dealing with the fact that a horse has died under her supervision. I keep telling her that Murphy was probably at a predisposition to colic because of her sensitive stomach and since she hadn't ever had any health problems before, not even a vet could have predicted this. She feels horrible but she is slowly but surely getting better with the grief.

It's been a hard month. A horsey acquaintance of mine recently lost her rescue to colic and another lost her therapy horse to pneumonia. And now Murphy. NO MORE HORSE DEATHS! I don't think we can handle another one.
 
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