I don't think I've talked about this horse much if at all on this board, she belonged to my husband and was a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. Sierra was a lovely chocolate roan with a stocky body and kind eye. Yes, she was opinionated and wanted her way (typical mare) but she always gave her all as well as her heart.
Mr. Mtn trails bought her about 18 months ago and thought with a little retraining, this would be the horse he'd have into his retirement. Unfortunately, soon after buying, she came up lame. Somedays she'd be off, others not so very hard to pinpoint. One vet thought for sure it was in her stifles so we had them injected. No change. Then we thought maybe chiropractic, after adjustments, no change. We didn't use her for other than a pretty pasture ornament for a long while trying to figure out what to do next. DH scheduled another appointment with a different vet and he gave us the verdict right away - ringbone, very advanced ringbone I might add. We had a couple of pics done and find that she had an old bone chip in her right front pastern resulting in ringbone. The kicker is, is that she had this condition when we bought her so the unscrupulous sellers jacked her up on pain killers when DH tried her out and being a trusting sole, he bought her without a vet check.
The poor girl was in so much pain that 2 grams of bute didn't make a dent. We decided the best thing for her was to send to across the rainbow bridge where she won't be lame, and can run and play pain free.
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What an awfully sad story for you and for Sierra - and thank you for doing the right thing for her. Clearly her previous owners not only have no conscience but they simply have no feeling either, to let her live in that much pain.
So sorry for your loss and all the effort you had to exert to find out that she was not able to stay with you.
I am very sorry for your loss. I hope Mr. Mt. is doing ok, too. It is sad that the seller was so unscrupulous, but Sierra was fortunate to spend her last days with such a loving family who tried so hard to help her. I know it's a small silver lining, but what a kindness you did for her. ((Hugs)) to you.