Willem is now entertaining all of our dear friends who dash about above and around us, free of their mortal bodies.
a tear stained beginning to my morning - bravo to you and your courage to do the best for him.
Your pain and grief are shared by all of us, Coreene.
I know what a hard and painful decision it was for you to let him go - no matter if it was the right one to make. But I know you'll ALWAYS remember how much joy he brought you and to all of us around the world who read his posts.
His legacy will live on in us all.
"When riding, learn how to stay out of the horses way; seek not to disturb, and never fool yourself into thinking you can improve the horse...he can already do it all, he's just waiting for you to be able to do it, then he'll do it with you..."
Coreene, So sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can take comfort in all the wonderful days you and Willem had together and know that you gave him an amazing life while he was here. We will all miss him dearly!
Coreene - I was gone over the weekend and just sat down to my desk and learned of this sad news. Along with others, I have tears in my eyes.
Tears of sympathy for the heavy sadness you must be feeling; tears of appreciation for your special bond with the Big Red Guy and how you shared your love for him with all of us in such a witty and memorable way.
You probably have no idea how many people got such an absolute kick out of Willem's posts. I forwarded a few to some non-horsey friends, with the explanation that this came from a German-bred horse who "posted" on an internet BB, I think it's hilarious, what do you think?
Wouldn't you know, I would receive emails back from people who had never laid eyes on a horse saying how much they LOFFED Willem's musings.
Really, there are so many things that occur during the course of a day that conspire to bring us down in the dumps; reading a Willem post was a such a silly fun moment, a break to remind us to keep laughing in the midst of it all. Thank you for giving all of us that.
Please take care of yourself, Coreene. You were a good caretaker of that special horse right to the end, and that is, after all, what we are called to be: good stewards of the blessings, such as a good horse, that God bestows on us.
Take comfort in that until your heart heals a bit and you can cherish those 11 years together without grieving.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most
of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop
out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.
But these things don't matter at all, because once
you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people
who don't understand.
I must say, I\'ve met some horses whose feet smell far worse than my husband\'s.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Somewhere...Somewhere in time's Own Space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some Paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
~ Stanley Harrison
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
"These are my principles. If you do not like them, I have others." --Groucho Marx
I am so sorry to hear about Willem. We will all miss him terribly. I know that your heart is broken today. Hopefully the love of your friend will help hold it together until Willem can send you another friend to keep you company. And I am let without a doubt that whatever companion he sends you will, without a doubt, be the most hysterical, demanding and self-assured creature know to man. I am sure he will "hoof" pick you a special friend one day in the distant furture to show you exactly how much he loved you.
Hugs, Hollyn & Mellvin
"I've got a holiday, a paid holiday, I've got a holiday in my head"
Thank you Coreene for being such a strong person to do the right thing when Willem was suffering. I can only hope that someday I can do the same if the need arises. I am sending lots of prayers your way for peace and strength (though it looks like you already have plenty) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif
Farewell Willem, you will be dearly missed
"There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it"