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Today is the day-**sad**

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  • Today is the day-**sad**

    Today is the day we have to put down my wonderful eventing project I had given to my dad to train in hopes of him being a top level eventer for us.
    I was given this horse by his owners after they decided they no longer wanted him to race, and were concerned that he would end up in bad hands. Not an easy decision for them as they paid $ 1 million for him only two short years before as a two year old in training.
    He has been battling EPM and had been through a treatment of Navigator, managed to duck the colitis side effect of the drug, had started to pick up weight, and seemed to be doing fairly well. Until the other day. Mom said he started to have some foot issues, and they treated him very agressively to prevent laminitis, but it's no use, there is no hope, and I will NOT put him through the pain of some of the laminitis treatments I have witnessed through working at a large equne clinic here in Kentucky, to me it's better to let him go.

    We have radiographed hm, and he has rotated in both fronts.

    The decision is made, and he will be crossing the Rainbow Bridge today.
    Please jingle for his safe crossing . My heart is breaking, I had such high hopes for him, and I so wanted him to have another career.

    Godspeed Grand Survival, you will always be in my heart.
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    Most horses cross the Rainbow Bridge, but TEDDY JUMPED IT!!!
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  • #2
    I'm so sorry for your loss but you're doing a noble and brave thing for this guy by choosing to end his suffering. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers today.
    "If ever I did not have a horse or dog in my keeping, I should feel I had lost touch with the earth." ~Beryl Markham


    • #3
      So very sorry to see this. Pink Diamond, how lucky he was for you to care so much about him. Condolences to all who knew him.

      Godspeed, Grand Survival.
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      • #4
        so sorry for all of you.


        • #5
          Condolences to all of you. This is so sad, but so right. Bless you for doing the best for him when it is so hard.
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          • #6
            The worst, my sympathies.
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            • #7
              I'm so sorry. Hugs to all of you.
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              • #8
                It's so heartbreaking. Especially when they are so young. I wish we could fix them. I wish I could tell why doing the right thing is so damn hard. Hugs.

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                • #9
                  I'm so sorry. {{hugs}}
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                  • #10
                    So sorry. He was lucky to have you on his side and still making the right choice. Godspeed Grand Survival
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                    • #11
                      Lots of hugs. What a hard decision to have to make.
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                      • #12
                        You are doing the right thing by him, as hard as it might be.


                        • #13
                          So very sorry. Your are doing the right, hard thing.
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                          • #14
                            Lots of long faces around here today.


                            • #15
                              My deepest sympathies. How very brave you are. Hugs to you.

                              You are being so kind to this horse.
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                              • #16
                                Oh, I had no idea. So very sorry PDR and tuppysmom. That is so hard.
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                                • #17
                                  So sorry ~ thoughts and prayers for all who loved Grand Survival. RIP Big Horse.
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                                  • #18
                                    i am so sorry. loving them enough to let them go is the right thing but never without heartbreak. you and yours will be in my prayers.


                                    • #19
                                      Sending both tears and cheers ... god bless you for putting the horse first. You are saving his life, saving him from the nightmare of such a condition.


                                      • #20
                                        A vet I once worked for consoled me by reminding me that for horses there are many worse things than death, especially because they don't have the ability to know if tomorrow will be a better day.

                                        You have done so much for this horse already and given him love than many OTTB's never know. I have been in a similar situation and I have no regrets. My thoughts are with you today.
                                        "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant