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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun. 30, 2005

    Default 2010 Memorial Thread for Those We Lost This Year

    It seems that alot of my fellow COTHers have also lost their beloved horses this year. For some reason it seems like more than usual this year.......

    I thought that it would be nice to start a memorial thread to remember all those who lost their lives this year. Most of us followed their battles on threads and said our goodbyes to those we never even met!!

    I lost two horses this year two weeks apart. The first one was my reinied cowhorse Peppy. He died suddenly of torsion colic on March 11, 2010..........he was fine and eating dinner one minute and collapsed on the ground a minute later. He was a dream come true.......he was so forgiving and so extremely athletic. He truely loved what he did and he was very good at it. He was loved and cherished by the three people who owned him. I have peace that he was taken care of every minute of his life and lived a life that most horses dream of. He was a once in a lifetime horse that will be hard to replace


    And then there was Whiskey!! He lost his 3 1/2 month battle with Laminitis at the young age of 5 years old. He was born on my farm and my first foal. I loved everything about him and he was perfect in my eyes We tried everything to save him but it just wasn't meant to be. It took everything that I had to let him go but I know that it was the best thing for him I will always miss him and my life will not be the same..........regardless I am happy that I had him for even for such a short time

    RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
    May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
    RIP San Lena Peppy
    May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 26, 2001


    I lost three. Nina was a 29 year old rescue that was boarded here. Her owner did everything to care for her, but her time came. I lost Matilda the monday before Thanksgiving, she was 30 and tired out. She was also a rescue.
    Tuesday I lost my 4 year old Seamus to a pasture accident. i can't even talk about him yet.
    I always take time on Christmas morning while I'm feeding to remember the ones I've lost. It will be extra hard this year.

  3. #3
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    Sep. 20, 2008
    Beautiful Western Washington


    I lost Zara this year.. a mare who was in my life for such a short time. Came to me as a founder mare but I thought I could do my very best for her. She spent her last months in a picture perfect paddock being a horse until her feet just gave out. She was really special and I was so blessed to have owned her. Still cry thinking about her sweet pink nose but I know she is pain free. and on Facebook too!
    Where mares rule and Basset Hounds drool!

  4. #4
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    Apr. 6, 2010
    San Diego, CA


    I lost Bon Aimee this year. She was 32 and the first horse DD swung her leg over. She was never ours but she touched so many lives and taught so many kids to ride.
    Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
    Originally Posted by alicen:
    What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May. 16, 2001
    Alaska. Not in an Igloo.


    Not my pony, but my beloved best-good-dog Daisy Mae. extremely agressive cancer, on the operating table twice (didn't make it off the second time...). Best girl ever

    (semi-horsey related, because...she made a nice hunter pony
    Seig Heil Polo Shirt!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar. 15, 2003
    Virginia, U.S.A.


    Not a horse either but we lost our beloved orange tabby cat Mr Wigglebottom. He was also a victim of a fast growing cancer, after 11 years of perfect health. He passed away at home in October.
    I miss him every day.
    Member of Book Worms Clique and proud member of INCREDIBLE INVISIBLES.
    Mr Wigglebottom 1999-2010. Once in a lifetime cat. Much loved, much missed.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec. 7, 2001
    Cullowhere?, NC


    Patches was a wonderful, sweet dog who came to me through a COTH connection and by the help of another COTHer for transportation. Alas, he was an older dog and the stress of the change in his life exacerbated what was probably a dormant condition, and I lost him early in the year. Our consolation is that he was able to cross the Bridge with his former owner who had passed away (the reason he was re-homed).
    "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

    Spay and neuter. Please.

  8. #8
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    Sep. 29, 2010
    Hertford, NC


    We lost our 20 plus year old tabby cat, Tiger. Such a sweet old fellow. I still miss him so much. We also lost our 24 year old mare, Duchess...another real sweetheart. She had to be euthanized due to sudden onset wobbler's syndrome. We rescued her from auction 13 years ago, and it was the smartest thing i ever did. She was beautfully trained, had a long, "rocking chair" canter, and strong legs and feet. She also had a very sweet and loving nature. 2011 will seem sadly strange without Duchess and Tiger on the farm.

  9. #9
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    Jun. 18, 2007


    Lucky Mistake, my heart horse. Missy was the first horse I ever broke myself, the first one I had to retire due to injury. She lived out many happy years with me after that, and I just had to try breeding her once, spending months plotting out the best Arabian stallion to counteract "Mustang stew." She went quietly overnight one night and was found tucked up in the grass the next morning, at rest. She leaves behind her only foal, the silver colt, my future endurance toy. I have never been closer to another horse in my life than this one; always, she would watch me, even from the far side of the pasture, and her welcoming whinny that she gave to nobody else lives in memory. She taught me the meaning of trust.

    And Sonny, grand old gentleman. He was here for only months instead of Missy's years and years, but I loved his personality, his sense of humor, and his stoic acceptance of the silver colt's antics. For his short time here, he was a playmate for my boy, allowing games that the herd of mares would never tolerate.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun. 22, 2007
    SE CT


    I put down my "heart horse", Ellie, my wonderful 27 YO AQHA mare, two weeks ago. She gave me 10 wonderful years of trail riding, hunter paces, and low level showing....Had to be retired at age 25 due to an age related (severe) heart murmur. Of course, arthritis, loss of teeth, all the old age maladies had come on quite strongly, too, and she was not gaining weight this fall in prep for winter.

    Her spark was dying out, and I owed it to her to lay her to rest peacefully, rather than watch her hobble around stiffly in the cold-and it has gotten bitter cold quickly!!

    Rest in Peace, Ellie....And my thoughts and prayers are with all of you who have suffered losses this year... {{HUGS}} to all...

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan. 16, 2003


    Playboy Nuzzle Muzzle left us this year at the grand old age of 36. Every kid fresh out of college with no job needs a 3 year old ASB, right? He was goofy, spooky and special. We could share a beer together. We grew up together. We got old together. What a great horse!
    It's 2014. Do you know where your old horse is?

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Apr. 28, 2004
    Saratoga Springs, NY


    We lost 2 of ours, and a boarder's old guy this year.

    First was my son's little POA pony, Napolean. A total monster for any to ride, except DS, whom he adored, and was much loved in return. We found him in the paddock one morning, already gone. Old age finally caught up with him. He was in his late 20's, and had a rough life before we got him. He had a few good years with us, pushing around the big horses and getting spoiled by his little boy.

    This fall we lost my SO's old Belgian mare, Ginger. She was a grand old girl, who happily went trail riding, taught beginner lessons, and was in your pocket at every opportunity. She had what we think was a twisted gut, and we made the decision to put her down.

    A couple of weeks later, a boarder made the decision to put her own elderly guy down. Stormy had epilepsy, and difficulty eating, due to a broken jaw that hadn't healed quite right a couple of years ago. She made the kind decision for him.

    And, while not a horse, he was a horse lover, lover of all animals and a lovely man, my SO's father Jamon, the man I called Dad. He succumbed to cancer this September, and I'm sure was there, across the Bridge, to offer plentiful scatches and pats to those that crossed later.

  13. #13
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    Jan. 4, 2007


    We lost our Chief at 30 years old this year, after being around here for 20 years.
    We still miss him every day many times, especially his 1990 buddy of the last few years misses him.

    Here he was, during a gorgeous sunrise last February, fat, healthy and happy, not a care in the world, other than checking for treats if anyone came close:

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Oct. 6, 2004
    central New York State


    Opie, need I say more.

    Just a week ago we lost a boarder's horse to colic. He'd been with us (she lives in Florida) for 4 years. It was heartbreaking.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Nov. 28, 2000
    Ontario, Canada


    I feel so sad for everyone who has lost a beloved friend this year.

    Two weeks ago, we had to put down Ollie aka Oliver, a pony I got from a riding school when he was too old to be useful to them.
    He was like a miniature Belgian, that light bright chestnut with big blonde hair..a tough sturdy little guy who had spent his life dragging tiny girls around.
    He was my colt Handsome's constant companion, for the last nearly 3 years, and kept Big Handsome in line all that time.

    But he had more than reached his time,he was well over 30..and could not go on, and we had to make that sad decision for him.

    I miss him.
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  16. #16
    Join Date
    May. 11, 2009
    Dairyville USA


    It's hard to believe it's been a year since we went and picked up Mrs. Piggleswerth She passed in the spring, but not after retraining Trever and providing us with peals of laughter and barn sayings like "Oh pony NO!" and "you were a good pony...kind of"

    And she was a good pony, kind of. Caballo Diablo combined with good pony.

    I miss her every day, and I've looked for a pony half as good for a barn mascot and zilch.
    Michael: Seems the people who burned me want me for a job.
    Sam: A job? Does it pay?
    Michael: Nah, it's more of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
    Sam: Oh. I've never liked those.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Dec. 16, 2010
    in the saddle


    Its been a tough year. None of these mine but all barn dogs:
    We lost Guru to a car accident. He was a boston terrier and only 3??
    Lost Teddy and Smarty. The corgis we had had for forever.
    We lost Dulche', the mom to my dog. Who was also Guru's mom and Boston.
    We lost Smokedog. It was his time though. He passed peacefully in his sleep.
    We lost another Boston who's name I never knew.
    We lost Mack. A Boston mix. When he was under 12 wks old.
    Reece. The cutest dog ever...
    If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question or asked the question wrong.

  18. #18
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    Jun. 7, 2005
    Rochester, NY


    I lost my Vinnie this year. He had a bad pasture accident injuring his hind leg severely, and was on the road to recovery when 2 days later, the worker at the vet clinic found him with a broken front leg in the morning (we are pretty sure he probably had trouble getting up with an injured hind leg, and in the struggle, broke it). That was probably the worst day of my life.

    He was my first real horse, and my best friend. It didn't matter to me he wasn't the most sound, or the most fancy....we just clicked. He was the perfect horse for me. He died in February, but I miss him like crazy. I'm still trying to deal with him being gone. He was only 18.

    Here's a few of my favorite pictures of him.
    <3 Vinnie <3
    Jackie's Punt ("Bailey") My Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbred

  19. #19
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    Dec. 14, 2005
    Just east of Short Hill Mtn.


    At the beginning of this month we lost a very dear friend and horseman, and owner of our only boarder horse who has been with our four geldings for years and years. And now we have five. Too young, too soon, but his time. We'll take good care of him -- he was your boy.
    "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
    <>< I.I.

  20. #20
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    Jun. 4, 2002
    Suffolk, VA


    We lost two horses this year...a very sad year for us. The first was a broodmare named Kid's Fancy. She ruptured a uterine artery during foaling; and while she seemed OK at first, she went downhill badly about 14 hours post foaling and had to be euthanized.

    We managed to get Sweetie adopted by another mare but we almost lost her to Septicemia a few days after her dam died. I am delighted to report that Sweetie is a healthy weanling now and is doing great.

    Our saddest loss was a yearling filly named RE Antigua or "Annie" who suddenly collapsed late on a very hot July evening with obvious neurological symptoms. We struggled all night with our vet present to get her up but she got weaker to where we knew we had to let her go. Tests showed that we lost her to EEE despite the fact that she had been properly vaccinated. I'll never get over the pointlessness of it all nor forget her passing while I sat by her head...she was a favorite and a filly I was going to keep. As a young foal she loved people so much that she'd see you walking by and would whinny and run up the fence. She was not happy unless she was the center of attention. The loss of this wonderful little bright light was so painful for all of us here.

    I think Fancy is probably watching over Annie...Fancy was a devoted mother...and the most remarkable thing of all was that it was the mare who was Fancy's closest friend, Lodi, who adopted her filly. Lodi, I'm happy to report is doing great, but to honor this wonderful little mare who took her dead friend's baby as her own, I will post a pic of her also.

    Last of all, we lost a beloved 15 year old Jack Russell in the Fall...Dylan...named for the singer. We delivered this dog...we owned his mother he was ours from the moment he breathed. I still look for him is so hard to believe he's gone also.

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