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

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  • #21
    I cried reading that beautiful tribute. So sorry for your loss.


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      Originally posted by BAC View Post
      I cried reading that beautiful tribute. So sorry for your loss.
      Thanks so much. We got the necropsy back and believe me it was completely the right thing to do. Also Lad now goes down as being the most stoic and 'dude whatever' type of horse ever.

      "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


      • #23

        My heart is with you. I am so, so sorry to hear about Lad. I'm going to write a one year gone letter to my guy, I might have to steal some of your beautifully written tribute; pure perfection. I hope you are finding some peace.

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          Originally posted by GoneAway View Post

          My heart is with you. I am so, so sorry to hear about Lad. I'm going to write a one year gone letter to my guy, I might have to steal some of your beautifully written tribute; pure perfection. I hope you are finding some peace.
          Please do use whatever speaks to you!

          I think I can say this here since I've been on COTH for 17 years. I am relieved. I said to my friends for the past couple years that I was a horrible senior horse owner. Don't get me wrong Lad was a wonderful senior horse but I didn't know what to do once he just needed a field and friends. Everytime my friend (where Lad lived) called or texted she would have to say a precursor of "Lads fine"and then continue with why she was reaching out. Realistically I've been living with this weight on my mind of "Omg is today THE day?" with every conversation to do with him.

          3 months ago he had a huge hind limb and was non weight bearing. We rallied the troops did xrays, called insurance company etc. It turned out to be just cellulitis. After that I talked to my friend and we spoke bluntly about if he ever died or needed to be put down what the plan was. I won't forget how awful it was to be on my mower trying just to cut grass (which is a pretty mindless task anyway) as the vet was en route to him to do the xrays then and I couldn't see through the tears. I was a mess. And that was just cellulitis!

          The interesting part of all of this is how him being gone has helped so many other parts of my life. I miss him terribly and still cry but like today it's cold and rainy and though my guys are out with sheds and sheets and content I'm not worrying if Lads actually ok in this weather. And that lack of worry had helped me be a better wife and dog/ horse mom.

          The students on his case presented his case to the whole of the clinical folks at the 'Grand Rounds' presentation Thursday. In short the 6 students who will be vets and worked with him shared the aspects of his case to all the other doctors, residents, students etc at New Bolton. Everyone got to learn from him, so for that I'm thrilled. Albeit with a lot of wishing that we could have educated them without him dying. But it's a bit of solace.

          We did a partial cremation and will be using his ashes to be the base of a new tree to be planted on our farm. I thought it was a better option than starting at an urn or a box in a house lacking in storage.

          He was fully insured so I've had to go through that process too. They asked for his original bill of sale from 2004 and I laughed. I wasn't sure I even had one but I astounded myself as there in the envelope with his papers was a full bill of sale! So that helped.

          All things happen for a reason and I'm still waiting to see the butterfly effect from all of this. I know I miss him but sending him 'home' was the best decision for all of us.


          "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