One of our Premium Oldenburg foundation mares, Bamba, was purchased in Germany in late 1985 and imported in early 1987. She was at the North Sea on pasture when the Chernobyl cloud went over and had several late term abortions and other difficulties related to that. However the foals she did produce were extraordinary!
We had retired Bamba 4 years ago to our daughter's farm where she roamed hundreds of acres with her best friend, Applause (a retired dressage mare), and Rusty (an aged gelding). She was fed 2x a day, brushed often and loved constantly. But last night she didn't come up for her grain.
In spite of combing the pasture for hours with flashlights and ATVs no one could find her. This morning she was discovered in the run-off area of the pond, trapped under the pipe and a boulder. She was still alive, but just barely, after lying in cold water all night. I still can't figure out how they found her as I could hardly see her even when I knew where to look
My daughter is friends with the vet at the NC Zoo and his wife: they came as soon as she called. Although they don't have horse experience they do have lots of experience with getting large animals out of tight places. Bamba was given a tranquilizer and another friend with large equipment was on the way with a big backhoe. By the time he arrived, however, the vet declared her dead. They dug her out and buried her on a hill overlooking the pond.
We thought it was the end of an era for us when we no longer had stallions but this is really the final chapter - the end of a wonderful broodmare who lives on in her offspring and their progeny - Risque', Rhapsody, Welt Lowe, Perchik, Welt Wind, Wheels, Weltsegen, Pikturesque, Rastede West, Rhamba, Pikard, Wagehals, Whittier and Weinbrand to mention some. R.I.P. sweet gentle chestnut mare
Last edited by Ashemont; Feb. 2, 2009 at 01:26 PM.
Reason: Added link to pedigree
Thank you. BTW the photos were taken of her when she was in her 20's. Up to the very end she had 'schwung' and could trot out as fast as most horses could canter She was my 2 year old grand-daughter's favorite and Bamba was always so kind and gentle with Taryn.... just like she was with Taryn's mother, Sara, when she was a little girl (sad smile). How do you tell a 2 year old that her 'riding horse' is gone?
If you click on the first picture of her you can view her pedigree.
I know there are many on COTH who have one of Bamba's 'kids' and I hope you will give your babies an extra hug from me. Strangely Bamba's one son, Perchik, who came back to us through an extraordinary chain of events that ended with him telling a psychic that he wanted to return home, felt her loss. Perchik is semi-retired at a friend's farm in GA where he gives a few lessons each week. We were on our way to help with Bamba when my friend called to inform me that Perchik had been acting strangely since the previous night - the night that Bamba went missing! She could not figure out what was wrong with him but she knew that something wasn't right. I knew. And after my friend went out and talked to Perchik, letting him know his mom had died, he suddenly calmed down and became 'normal' again.
This is the same gelding that had gotten hit by a car many years ago. For two weeks his mom and sister Risque' took turns standing in the stall across from him, gently nickering. Additionally when we brought Perchik 'home' after having him gone for almost 4 years, Bamba and Risque' with their big baby-bellies came screaming from the far back pasture to greet him.