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elsbet
Feb. 15, 2010, 03:08 PM
I just read on The Horse.com that Elmer Bandit, 38 years young, was euthanized yesterday evening. He was unable to get back on his feet after being down in his pasture, and when the cold and bad weather conditions started to cause hypothermia, Mary Anna Wood, his lifelong owner made the decision to humanely euthanize Elmer. :cry:

Godspeed Elmer Bandit...........

Lieselotte
Feb. 15, 2010, 03:12 PM
I just saw the same article... RIP, Elmer Bandit!
This was an amazing horse!

jlrcoats
Feb. 15, 2010, 05:17 PM
What an amazing horse. He had a wonderful life. I have watched his progress over the years, he will be missed.

JeanM
Feb. 15, 2010, 05:38 PM
Ohhhhh, DARN.

Guess it was going to happen eventually, but I really loved seeing his successes appear in the periodicals and I was hoping to see him continue. Phenomenal, inspirational horse.

My heart goes out to his person. :cry:

ayrabz
Feb. 15, 2010, 05:47 PM
I didn't want to open the thread....but then again, every thread with his name for quite sometime (!) I would worry about....only to open and read of another joy, another time they spent together. I am so so thankful, that he chose his time to 'be ready' while at home, in a pasture...not on one of his rides. So the naysayers couldn't point any fingers. He taught us all soooo many things. Age is just a number....your time comes when it comes...do what you love...find your passion!
Godspeed EB.

lalahartma1
Feb. 15, 2010, 06:45 PM
What a great horse, and owner!

jpeg
Feb. 15, 2010, 07:17 PM
I was a big fan of Elmer Bandit, and enjoyed following his career in the press. Remarkable horse, remarkable life. Sincere condolences to Mary Anna Wood.

Rest now, dear Elmer. :sadsmile:

SarEQ
Feb. 16, 2010, 10:40 AM
My heart breaks for Elmer Bandit and his owner. I told my 31 year old arab that his role model should be Elmer Bandit, as he was living such a long and healthy life.

He was a truly amazing horse, and I can't imagine how lost his owner feels.

unicorndreams21
Feb. 16, 2010, 10:51 AM
I didn't want to open the thread....but then again, every thread with his name for quite sometime (!) I would worry about....only to open and read of another joy, another time they spent together. I am so so thankful, that he chose his time to 'be ready' while at home, in a pasture...not on one of his rides. So the naysayers couldn't point any fingers. He taught us all soooo many things. Age is just a number....your time comes when it comes...do what you love...find your passion!
Godspeed EB.
Agree!!! :yes: Happy Trails to you Elmer Bandit!! My sincere condolences to Mary Anna Wood!! What an inspiration!! My hope is that my 2 knuckleheads will live a long, full and happy life!

Rubyfree
Feb. 16, 2010, 10:52 AM
I don't usually frequent this forum but as an arab lover and long time admirer, Elmer's name brought me in. I'm so, so sad to hear the news. What a great inspiration he and his relationship with Mary Anna have been. Godspeed, Elmer. I hope there are thousands of new trails to explore where you are now.

monstrpony
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:00 PM
Condolences to his people. Elmer Bandit was quite the role model, for all of us.

lolalola
Feb. 16, 2010, 10:33 PM
Really incredible horse. Just sad he didn't make it to 40, but he proved over and over again that age is just a number.

matryoshka
Feb. 17, 2010, 09:52 PM
Here's another article: http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2010/02/116.shtml

What an awesome horse--and a great owner!!

whicker
Feb. 18, 2010, 12:13 AM
Anyone know what the magic recipe was that she fed him? I tried to read about it at the horse.com, but couldn't.

I have a 25 y.o. crabbet endurance arabian that I want to keep going. he has some mouth issues, so this info could help him.

Thanks!

dressage fan
Feb. 18, 2010, 03:07 PM
What an amazing horse. My condolences to Mary Anna.

KarenC
Feb. 18, 2010, 05:28 PM
The thoughtful care of this horse is an inspiration to me and likely many others. I suspect he was a very, very happy and "fulfilled" equine, whatever that might mean to a horse.

texang73
Feb. 23, 2010, 02:44 PM
RIP Elmer. :sadsmile: He was an inspiration! :)

FatCatFarm
Feb. 27, 2010, 07:30 PM
Truly an amazing horse. I've ridden a few NATRC rides and have been at the same rides as Shirley Sobol and Wing Tempo but not Elmer and Anna. Both are proof that you don't have to have a distinguished pedigree or perfect conformation to excel. Godspeed Elmer!