Losing A Horse

For those of us riders who have lost a beloved horse. Here we can talk about losing a best friend, what happened and where a rider can go after that! Members can offer advice, share stories and ask questions!

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Comment by Kathy Goucher on October 5, 2009 at 7:51pm
Hooray!!! Congratulations Ainsley!! He looks like a real cutie pie! More pictures please!!
Comment by Cheryl on October 5, 2009 at 10:52am
Congratulations on your new fellow Ainsley. How exciting!!! Very happy for you and wish you both much happiness together.
Comment by Cheryl on October 4, 2009 at 9:02pm
Thanks Ainsley, I am finding that the more time I spend with horses the better I feel. They always have been able to help me heal...thanks also for the comment on my little palomino colt - he truly is an adorable little fellow.
Comment by Cheryl on October 2, 2009 at 5:50pm

Great idea to start this group! Had to euthanize my 8 y/o mare a couple of Sundays ago. She twisted a gut and was suffering horribly. It is a hard loss although I do have other horses. She was such an honest individual and I admired her greatly. I used to work at the vet clinic here and those folks made me up a beautiful collage with photos and handwritten thoughts. Makes me cry to look at it now, but it sure is nice to have and something I will treasure for a long time to come. She had a foal unexpectedly last fall, which I ended up giving to a friends daughter. At the time I wasn't too happy about her being in foal, but am glad now to see her filly - funny how things go! Thanks for listening.
Comment by Holly Brown on October 2, 2009 at 2:06pm
Yes, I would say me and Bud have a pretty good bond...usually, hah, he's such a nutcase.
No that's not Bud in my picture, Bud's an appaloosa, I do have pictures on my profile of him.
The horse in my picture is one of my miniatures - Oreo.
Comment by Fiona Hill on October 2, 2009 at 10:54am
Thanks for the offers of advice with my horse's 'issues' but they are all just a story I've been over a million times. It is what it is. Now I don't try to force him to wear a saddle and then get on his back and control him and we are both much happier.
Comment by Kathy Goucher on October 1, 2009 at 10:56pm
The buckskin horse you see in my picture was my best friend for almost 21 years. I purchased him as my first horse when I was 22. I had to put him down last year, Nov 11th - Rememberance day. He was almost 29 years old. He taught me so much, and I learned so much with him. I still miss him every day, even though I have 2 others. My new horse, who I lucked into purely by chance last year, is so similar in personality, even though a totally different colour and breed, that it brought me to tears in my lesson last week. I believe that somewhere the gods or fates knew I was losing my horse of my lifetime, and I was sent this new one to help ease my loss.
Comment by Holly Brown on October 1, 2009 at 3:57pm
Buds definately a challenge, and I think that's why i love him so much! and the fact that i've had him since he was born.
Comment by Holly Brown on September 30, 2009 at 4:41pm
I'm sure I can help give you advice on the horse your riding that had issues.
My gelding has "issues" hah I love him to death, but he has issues and I've learned to deal with them, and work with them.
So what kind of issues is it? Like excitment? Or bucking? Being bad?
Comment by Jackie Cochran on September 30, 2009 at 1:49pm
Same thing happened to me, my next riding horse having issues. Luckily I had Hat to remind me how much fun riding can be. I was sort of lucky that when I lost Hat Tricks, in that I already knew that even close relatives of his did not have the same wonderful disposition. I did ride a comparable horse for a while, but that horse was so much less understanding of human weaknesses!
Even today I wonder how I had so much good luck to actually get Hat Tricks, and that was 39 years ago. We are among the fortunate ones, those who perfect horse was our first horse. Usually horsemen have to go through several horses until they get their best one. I was so incredibly lucky to get my best horse first. Of course every other horse suffers in comparison and it took me a while to learn how to appreciate other horses.
I still do not particularly like riding horses with lots of "issues". You are a brave woman. I've been there and done that.

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