Wow... Thank you all SO much for the love and support.
This one has left a huge whole in my heart. He was the first that was truly "mine." I was one of those kids who mucked and groomed in exchange for riding privileges... I was in my 30s before I could afford my own.
This was taken last April as we embraced our new career as a Dressage horse.
He finally felt like he'd found his calling. Granted he was one of the most talented jumpers I'd ever sat on, but I think he'd had a poor start and never quite recovered enough to truly enjoy jumping. But, as soon as he was taught dressage, he was a different horse. A happy horse.
I didn't explain too well earlier, but a good friend of mine, one of the sweetest souls I've ever met, had recently taken him home to be her full-time dressage horse. They were a wonderful match, a true "love" bond and lots to offer one another. It makes me so sad that they only really had about 6 months together.
What do they say, life happens while we make plans???
Thanks again for all your caring words...
Seb & Christine
I am so sorry for your loss . It's very hard. I still tear up when I read about other people losing their too-young horses. I know I was planning to ride mine for at least another 10 years when I lost him.
But you did absolutely the right thing by him. I know - saying things like, "Well, he didn't suffer" doesn't help much, does it?
I hope that in time, you come to think of him only with joy and warmth, and not with sadness and grief. I promise you, the day will come. And in the meantime, sadly, there are plenty here who grieve with you.
Right after the new year, we had our traditional barn party and exchanged small gifts. One woman at our barn lost her beautiful warmblood Toby to progressive melanomas, and he had to be euthanized last summer. We presented her with one of Ida's beautiful memory pots. At the party, she gave everyone a small box, and had us open the boxes at the same time, after her announcement, where she thanked us for our support (and of course she was crying). Inside the box was a gorgeous key chain made with hair from Toby's tail. We were all verklempt at that point!
Let those who understand share your grief and help you through.