Sweet, dear Persistant Rain – Persi – died this evening.
He had hunted Thursday and Saturday, looked grand, acted happy, all was well.
Sunday morning he seemed depressed and refused his breakfast. Neurologic symptoms, once the onset began, brought him down rapidly.
I held his head and told him, over and over, what a good, beloved, noble horse he was and that there were many people, many many many people who loved him.
This was a horse that David O'Connor said would 'go all the way' after he rocked at Radnor 2001. He was touted as a frontrunner for Rolex the next spring (though I don't think he ran.)
Please say a prayer of thanks for getting the opportunity to know and love Persi.
There will be a full autopsy done to identify the cause of death. The vet believes it could be the sudden catastrophic onset of a neurologic disease, possibly EPM.
Hunter's rest: Thank you for taking care of this horse until the end. In my mind, it is the people that are willing to help see a horse onto the other side that are the heroes. My thoughts and appreciation are with you, first and foremost, and *then*to his other connections.
This summer at my summer camp Persi taught 3 girls 'how to jump' and one advanced student how to feel a flying change! (This was the horse who was so upper level that he'd give you the most perfect counter-canter if you Didn't. Ask. Just. Right. for the correct lead!!)
This fall he taught 4 riders 'how' to foxhunt.
He was one of those wonderful, wise Thoroughbred geldings who had so much to give.
Loved this horse! Such a talent and a joy to be around. He was with Ralph Hill for a while and my stallion who hated just about every horse he met loved Persistant Rain. They were shipping buddies, lived next to eachother in the barn. He got lots of carrots and scratches for being such a sweet boy and such a good influence on my stallion who was quite the holy terror in the barn in his youth. RIP buddy, you will be missed by all who knew you.
Necropsy results are in.
99% (or greater) chance that Persi died as a result of 2 broken ribs that perforated his lung. A recent injury, as recent as 24 hours (prior to death.)
I'm so sorry. I have a horse recovering from a broken rib (expensive surgery). We have no idea how he got it, not a mark on him...but he presented like he was neurologic too. These crappy things just happen.
So sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a special boy...and at least lived a lovely and full life....and will live on in many peoples memories.
Last edited by bornfreenowexpensive; Nov. 30, 2011 at 09:58 PM.
** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **
Sincerest condolences to all; a swift and pain free transition for Persi, how blessed he was to have you with him I do so feel your pain and wish you warm and wonderful memories to comfort you We are so blessed to have had such special horses in our lives
Wasn't an upper level horse, Mandiba perhaps (?) said to have broken ribs recently?As one who, has had many broken ribs and punctured lungs , I can tell you that the feeling of a punctured lung is like no other broken rib I'm glad his passing was peaceful and you were able to be with him