I know he had a fan club here at one time, and it was the Eventing forum to which I came when I made the decision to add him to my herd, so here is the most appropriate place for me to come and make a very sad announcement.
It is with a Very Heavy heart tonight that I tell you guys that my boys got out of the paddock at my house tonight, and that Buzz was hit by a car as he crossed the highway, after leading the town cop on a chase.
The impact shattered the head of the femur and sliced an artery. There was absolutely nothing to be done for him.
I was in Tallahassee, picking up hay and returning some Christmas presents and the gate to the paddock was shut when I left at 4 pm. About 6:30, my mom called and told me I needed to hurry home to help catch the boys, as they seemed to have gotten out.
No one wanted to tell me that he'd been involved in an accident, but did tell me to go ahead and call the vet.
All the folks that were here to help were fantastic. I got there in time to hold his head for a while and to be there to make the call to go ahead and put him down right where he stood.
We'll bury him in the morning.
He was such a special horse and I will miss him very much. Thanks so much to everyone who has cared about him and helped me with him over the years.
I finally got to jump him myself at the intro to Eventing clinic in October and I am so very glad that I did.
So sorry about Buzz. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved horse who is in the prime of his life. We do the best we can for them, but life is so fragile. I know you will probably feel guilt about how you could have prevented this if you had just... (you fill in the blank-left him in the stall tonight, padlocked the gate, added electric fence or whatever guilt is overcoming you). Try not to dwell on that. We can't protect them from everything, no matter how hard we try.