Over the Rainbow Bridge-Shamall
Shamall had a long and loving life as the sole horse with a family in Iowa. They had him I believe since he was a baby or a two year old. In his early years he competed in hunter/jumper, then at about 9 years old he "retired" and went to live with his man. 18 years it was Shamall and his man, friends and companions - no riding really, just Shamall living the high life in a pasture with his man taking great care of him and enjoying him as a friend. Then, his man developed Parkinson's. As the disease progressed, Shamall's man made the heartbreaking decision to attempt to find a place for Shamall to be cared for and live out his final days when he could no longer care for him himself.
The first time Kathi met Shamall, we thought it was Kathi evaluating Shamall to see if he would do well at the Sanctuary. Instead, it was very much Shamall and his man determining if KATHI would be acceptable. Shamall was a bit finicky in who he liked. But he liked Kathi, and he made it clear to his owner that she was all right. ;) Shamall did not come home with Kathi that day, but we knew it was a matter of time. We got the call about a year later that it was time for Shamall to come to the Sanctuary, and so he did, at 27 years old.
Even at 27 years old and unridden for 18 years, Shamall was full of life and wanted to GO. Kathi and Shamall trail rode, played SCA games, and he maintained his "spoiled old man" attitude, bossing everyone around and just showing that he is SHAMALL ;) In the past year he's slowed down, and he was fully retired from even light riding this past summer as he aged. Here is a video of Shamall and my 13 year old mustang (who was gelded at 7) from last June - during nonstop days of rain - posturing to determine who was boss when Pi came to visit. Look at that beautiful Arabian boy:
And here is Shamall this summer ... being Shamall:
Shamall has been able to visit his man about once a year at SCA events, up until this past year when neither one were able to travel anymore. Winter has always been tough on him, and this winter especially, as he's been sick and dealing with an infection. This morning, he simply laid down and let Mom know it was time, and died in her arms as the vet drove up the driveway.
He will be very missed.
Thoughts and prayers and hugs for the family Shamall leaves behind
Godspeed Shamall ~ knowing you will always be loved and remembered ~
Hugs to his family during this difficult time ~ :cry:
Thank you for sharing Shamall's story and videos ~ he was a handsome gentleman ~
RIP SHAMALL ~