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  • I lost my partner today

    And I am feeling quite lost. Mac (Lyric), our Oldenburg gelding (Lautrec/Anastasia) died today of complications from colic surgery at 7 years old. He was the best equine partner that I've ever had, and I will miss him terribly. He got a late start in life, but there was every reason to believe that he had a great career ahead of him, and I am devastated to see it cut so short. Tuesday we jumped and I saw the top of the shed we got so high, and today he's gone, and I just can't believe it.

  • #2
    I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you. Godspeed to your boy.


    • #3
      So sorry. So hard to lose one like that.
      "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

      Spay and neuter. Please.


      • #4
        TM, I am so sorry for your loss. Godspeed Mac.
        Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
        Witherun Farm


        • #5
          I am so sorry. Godspeed Mac.


          • #6
            I'm so very sorry. That's terrible. [[[[[[[[[[Hug]]]]]]]]]]
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            • Original Poster

              Thank you all so much. I feel weird being online, but I am waiting for some storms to pass and I need the distraction. He had the best veterinary care we could get, and very quick treatment (from the time we found him colicing to surgery was about 3 hours but he just never came out). I am still in shock, and can't believe that it happened, as he was so vitally alive just the day before.

              We had our issues, but most of them were mine . He consistently scored 8's and 9's on his gaits, and really was a superstar at the barn. He was clown, and a giant (truly!) ham. Everyone loved him, and the entire barn is grieving with me.


              • #8
                wow. i'm so sorry to hear that. such a young boy. godspeed.

                be kind to your horses mouth!


                • #9
                  How heartbreaking. I'm so sorry for your loss. The suddenness must make it all that much worse.
                  Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

                  Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs


                  • #10
                    I am so very sorry to read of your sudden and shocking loss. We lost my SO's first horse, a cheerful chubby Appy, suddenly to strangulating lipoma last fall. It's so horrid when one day they are bucking and farting in the field and the next they are gone, and so badly. You have my deepest empathy and sympathy.



                    • #11
                      I am so very sorry. Losing one so suddenly is so difficult.
                      Mary Lou


                      Member OMGiH I loff my mares clique


                      • #12
                        I'm sorry. I know how you feel. I lost one to colic in July of 2008. I bred and raised her.

                        She wasn't insured so surgery was not an option.

                        Horrible thing to go through.

                        RIP Mac. You can go run with my gorgeous Corli.


                        • #13
                          I am so sorry.... I lost a mare to colic in 2005 and it was the worst experience of my life.

                          They go so soon :-(

                          I needed support and I found hoofbeats-in-heaven.com.

                          I recommend this group to anyone grieving, it's a great group of supportive people who really understand.

                          take care of yourself.


                          • #14
                            Oh no. I am so very sorry for your loss.

                            I lost my mare to colic in June of this year (ruptured, had to be PTS) and it was just completely devastating. She was fine one minute, and the next..... I am so sorry you are having to go through this.

                            Hugs to you, and Godspeed to your boy.


                            • #15
                              Colic is the worst. I'm so sorry you lost such a young and promising horse. You have my sympathy.
                              "... if you think i'm MAD, today, of all days,
                              the best day in ten years,
                              you are SORELY MISTAKEN, MY LITTLE ANCHOVY."


                              • #16
                                Very sorry for your loss, RIP Mac.
                                Redbud Ranch
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                                • #17
                                  i'm so sorry!!!
                                  I just lost mine a couple of months ago... we thought she was collicing... but she had actually ruptured her splean in her stall
                                  Wanted to put her through surgery until we did an abdominal tap and after analyzing the results, they told me she had less than 5% chance to make it through...
                                  I rode her the day before and she was fine too...
                                  I can't tell you it gets any better... it's really hard. My friends tried to get me to look at other horses... and I just didn't have the heart to do it for a while... now just stumbled upon a starving one- thinking that maybe she can "heal" me up if I "fix her" up...
                                  My heart goes out to you.. just try to remember the good memories and all the things he taught you...
                                  I bought mine as a 3 year old on the track, and she went on to be a high jumper... died at the age of 10...
                                  Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!


                                  • #18
                                    I'm sorry for your loss.
                                    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

                                    Might be a reason, never an excuse...


                                    • #19
                                      I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always cry reading threads like this as I can only imagine how much you must be hurting right now. I hope that you can find some comfort and peace in all of this somehow.
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                                      • #20
                                        I'm so terribly sorry for your loss.

                                        My mare is 8, I can't imagine being without her.....her dam died of colic when maresy was just a month old.....the dam was only 4 years old.....

                                        It's terribly sad to lose them, worse, I think, when they are young and so full of life....