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The end of an era.... Unbridled Lad 2/12/2000 - 8/30/2018

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  • The end of an era.... Unbridled Lad 2/12/2000 - 8/30/2018

    So I waffled about which board to put this on because I posted regularly about him on the racing board but I think the lions share of our posts were here. So I'm posting here.

    I put down my first horse today. Lad told me it was time and so we honored him and set him free of his Earthly body.

    I wrote a post and put it on Facebook here:

    I also put it on my blog for the non-Facebook folks, but the first and last pics are out of sequence:

    Many of you are my fb friends and have already left such lovely comments.

    I hope everyone gets a horse like Lad at some point in their career. He's been my everything for 14 years and I am so blessed to have been able to have him in my life.

    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries

  • #2
    As I said on fb, it was a beautiful tribute to a gorgeous boy. I tested up reading it. You were both lucky to have each other . Massive hugs and jingles . And lots of love.

    A Wandering Albertan - NEW Africa travel blog!


    • #3
      Wonderful tribute!
      The Evil Chem Prof


      • #4
        Lovely tribute, lovely horse. May we all be so fortunate as to have a Lad at least once in our lives.


        • #5
          So sorry. I am pretty sure that I remember you posting when you first brought him home. You two have had quite a ride.


          • #6
            So very sorry to hear this! He was a most wonderful boy.


            • #7
              What a beautiful tribute to a full life, well lived. I loved your many, many photos documenting all your adventures and the many chapters of your lives. What a special guy. Thank you for sharing with us.


              • #8
                So sorry for your loss Em. Although what a journey you two have had. Cherish those memories and enjoy all the happy memories. He was lucky to have landed in your pocket.


                • #9
                  Here's to the horses of a lifetime: May they all land in such right pockets.*

                  *With thanks to LadyB for my new favorite expression, and apologies for messing with it.


                  • #10
                    Very sorry to hear xx
                    Boss Mare Eventing Blog


                    • #11
                      I haven't seen your Facebook post yet, but just wanted to say how very sorry I am. I know how hard it is.


                      • #12
                        {{Em}} so sorry for your loss. Loosing our cherished partners can be so hard.

                        I personally believe he'll find the right 'next horse' for you!
                        Maybe the reason I love animals so much is because the only time they have broken my heart is when they've crossed that rainbow bridge


                        • #13
                          Oh, Em - I'm so sorry to hear this. I can't believe it's been 14 years (I lurked long before I actually got brave and joined COTH), but oh, what a wonderful life he had with you.


                          • #14
                            So sorry for your loss. What wonderful photos of you two on your blog. What a partnership!
                            Equine Ink - My soapbox for equestrian writings & reviews.
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                            • #15
                              Very sorry for your loss. Our time with the best ones goes by all too quickly.


                              • #16
                                So very sorry. Lots of hugs, Em. I really enjoyed your tribute, it was wonderful... and what a kind, noble horse. Godspeed.
                                AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


                                • #17
                                  I'm so sorry for your loss. Your tribute was truly wonderful. He looked like an amazing horse and friend.


                                  • #18
                                    Hugs. What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful, talented horse.


                                    • #19
                                      I am sorry for your loss. I know when it is time to let my old warhorse go it will be one of the hardest moments of my life as it was when I lost my stallion. Your handsome man was blessed to have such a loving and fun mom. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures and your moving memorial. Keep smiling, after all; it is one thing our animals love to see. He would never want you to dwell on sadness, but rather revel in those amazing memories.


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                                        For anyone really dedicated... I made a playlist of all our YouTube videos. There are some doozies in there. LOL

                                        "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries