My old Belgian gelding who would have been 25 in July coliced and had to be put to sleep on March 5th. Ziggy was a legend around Maryland in the draft horse community. My father rescued him from a humane society auction where he was just a sack of bones. He brought him home and gave him to me as my first horse when I was only 8. As ugly of shape as he was in, all I saw was the most beautiful horse in the world.
Ziggy raised me and taught me everything I know about horses. If I was being a brat, my dad would tell me to go ride my horse, and Ziggy would take care of me. He had a personality like no other I have known. He hated the show ring, hated doing ring work, and on trail rides, you had to let him pick the direction and speed he wanted. But, he would never do anything to hurt you. Ziggy was an embassador for the Belgian breed and taught many people how to ride, including my non-horsey husband 10 years ago.
Ziggy would never let you forget his supper, and was sure to check every pocket for a treat.
I loved Ziggy like no other horse, and 22 years with him just wasn't long enough.
My first horse was a belgian also, that I finally, at the mature age of 10, was permitted to plow with alone.
He passed at 32, having worked well until two days before we found him gone one Monday morning.
Such good memories of him you must have, after 22 years with him.
That ought to be some comfort in this sad time.
Hugs... It is so sad to lose such an important part of your life. I have been there, and while it painful now and will be for a very long while... it will get easier. I was 17 when I lost my gelding suddenly ( he was only nine) and over ten years later I can still remember riding him and he still gives me joy- so will Ziggy. Take comfort in the fact he had a loving human to share his years with. Take with you the lessons you and he learned together and pass them onto your next horse- it will make you parntership stronger. HUGS AGAIN.
Oh, he was just gorgeous. I'm a sucker for the drafties and I loved the shot of his big Belgian butt. I'm so sorry for your loss. How incredibly lucky you were to have 22 years together...it just never seems like enough time. Big (((hugs))) to you.