Perhaps I get a little more than most how difficult it can be to find places here in Ireland. And when people talk about mud, you have no idea. The ground has had very little drying the entire year and that's not being dramatic. As a matter of fact the ground scares me to what type of things can be lurking in it with regards to toxic stuff. I've been putting out plenty of hay and mine come in at night, but still worries me. I had a colic about a month ago in a mare that has never had a blip in all the time I've owned her and I bred her. My vet knew where I was and it still felt like it was taking forever. Mare kept trying to go down, she was blowing, and I was in bits. Thankfully it turned out ok.
I'm so sorry again Weatherford. I can only imagine the circumstances and what you went through. Hugs.
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Weatherford, I am so sorry. Colic is horrible, and perhaps even more heartbreaking than not being able to "fix" it is being unable to take their pain away. I'll be thinking of you and your mare. I hope that you take solace in all that you were able to do and provide for her during the better times. I am sure that you simply being there at the end was a comfort in itself.
Thanks all. it's been a sad time - my show horse also witnessed it from his stall and was a tad freaked. I let him sniff the body then turned him out in the back field. I think everyone, except the babies, knew what was happening, and they all came to the fence to say goodbye. Horses are sensitive, you know. I held her head until she started to fall down and thrash, when all I could do was talk (yell and cry) to her and tell her NOT to try to get up (frightening) and that it was OK to put her head down - I hope she heard me.
I never rode Leah as much as she deserved - I am sure she would have gone far as she had a HUGE heart and desire that I only see in great horses. But I had too many horses to ride (and being alone makes it tougher). I did breed her and have one, three next June, fabulous filly by an International Connemara stallion (who has produced FEI ranked show jumper and eventer ponies). She is cheeky (unlike her Mum Leah, who was sweet and very, very giving) and I can't keep her in any field she doesn't want to be in. But, unfortunately, I do have to sell her (along with some of these other babies). Of course, those of you who have known me since the inception of this BB know darned well that I NEVER sell horses.
Anyway, Leah had not gotten in foal for the past three years, so I had brought her in last week (honestly, she had jumped out and come in by herself) - I was looking forward to riding her again. I am glad I was with her and now I need to go out and hug each and every one of my beasties - even though, or rather especially since, it's nasty, pouring rain, windy, and the mud is eyeball deep.
Thanks again for all your support.
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