Hugs from CA. I am really sorry. I've done the same thing and it's never easy, that lump that lives in your throat. When it's over, you will feel some relief, and then you will know it was the right decision. You are 100% right when you say you'd like to plan it for a good day instead of waiting for it to be an emergency. Better a day too soon than a day too late.
Give your girl lots of grain and hugs, and then send her off. She's going to a wonderful place.
PA, where the State motto is: "If it makes sense, we don't do it!".
In a few hours it will be over, but the waiting is the hardest part....
My husband has control over the time he can take off work. I asked him to take today off and he'll be with me for moral support but I actually think this will be harder on him than me. He really loves this little horse even though he's not a horse person and thinks of her as a big dog....
My goal was to give this horse a home where she would be loved, never starved, be protected and not sent to slaughter--I'm happy to report "mission accomplished!". I wish this for all horses!
We've had a "good run", so to speak--I've had her for fifteen years....
"Marriage is like a deck of cards--it starts with two hearts and a diamond and after a while you wish you had a club and a spade." ~seen on an anniversary card~
Cherry, I'm so sorry. There really aren't any words, other than the things everyone else has said - you KNOW you are doing the right thing. Also, look on the bright side: you gave your brave little mare a *fantastic* life and the kick-asp retirement that every brave little TB mare deserves. You're a fantastic horse mom, we all know that.
Hugs and jingles.
"The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief
Oh, Dear. You three will be very much in my thoughts today. My once-in-a-lifetime, best dog ever corgi has spinal arthritis that is rendering his hind end useless. His attitude is still great, but half the time on smooth floors, he is dragging himself. So, I'm facing the same thing shortly. You have my sympathy, in bunches.
"One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine
Oh Cherry, I just read this and I'm sorry. She's had such a wonderful life with you and you with her, I'm sure. The ottbs you'll soon meet will soak up every bit of your care and be better for it. That's a fine tribute to your mare.
I had to put my old mare down on Oct.3rd. I had posted about her impending date since March. I finally made the call. My vet and the man that took the body were so wonderful throughout. I e-mailed them thank you notes and wanted you to read the note that Walter wrote. He is the man that took her body.
Best wishes, pines4equines
It was an honor to be there and to help a friend through a difficult task. You gave Mary Ellen dignity in passing and I'm sure lots of love in her life. We all will pass back into earth in the great cycle of life but the energy that gives our soul it's spark is never destroyed and we carry that with us and pass it along in our journey through life. Mary Ellen passed the flame to us that day and we shared our spark of life with one another too. Take care June and my best to your mother as well. Don't be a stranger, contact me if you need anything. -Walter
Sorry! But that barn smell is my aromatherapy!
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