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UPDATE AGAIN: jingles for my Old Man - colic! He's gone p.4

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  • So very sorry for your loss!!!!

    Don't Cry For The Horses

    Don't cry for the horses that life has set free,
    a million white horses forever to be.
    Don't cry for the horses now in God's hands
    as they dance and they prance in a heavenly band.

    They were ours as a gift, but never to keep;
    as they close their eyes forever to sleep.
    Their spirits unbound, on silver wings they fly,
    a million white horses against the blue sky.

    Look up into heaven, you'll see them above;
    the horses we lost the horses we loved.
    Manes and tails flowing, they gallop through time.
    They were never yours-they were never mine.

    Don't cry for the horses, they'll be back someday.
    When our time is gone they'll show us the way.
    Do you hear that soft nicker close to your ear?
    Don't cry for the horses, love the ones that are here.

    Author unknown


    • Very sorry for your tragic loss. You took the ultimate responsibility and made a most difficult decision and allowed your horse to go with dignity.

      Well done and I hope with time you will once again remember happier times with him.


      • Original Poster

        LD, I've seen that before and it never ceases to bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for posting it again.

        They just got here to pick him up and now I'm bawling again - it comes and goes. Mr. PoPo is out there to supervise.
        "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


        • Somewhere, somewhere in time's own space
          There must be some sweet pastured place
          Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
          Some paradise where horses go,
          For by the love that guides my pen
          I know great horses live again.
          ~Stanley Harrison

          Sending lots of hugs to you.
          In loving memory of Chutney (1977 - 2008)


          • so sorry for your loss.


            • Oh dear,I'm so sorry,I was pulling for him
              I recognized with despair that I was about to be compelled to buy a horse ~
              Edith Somerville and "Martin Ross"

              "Momma" to Tiempo, Tucker and Puff, RIP my beautiful Norman 8/2012


              • I'm so sorry about the passing of your guy. You made the right decision to not let him suffer. Thanks so much for sharing the lovely pictures of him. He looked like a very happy boy.


                • I'm so sorry for your loss; he sounded like such a wonderful horse. He was very lucky to have you there with him until the end.. you did the right thing.


                  • PoPo lots of hugs and jingles to you
                    \"Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.\" Anne of Green Gables


                    • Pocket Pony-

                      I am so sorry to hear about your loss of such a grand old man.

                      He is so lucky to have had someone to care for him, and care about him. And to have had you, having had the courage to let him go, as much as that decision hurts.

                      I too, have one that is now 30. I've had him since he was foaled (ok, dating myself here!).

                      I dread the day that I will have to make that decision.

                      I commend you for your caring.


                      • Side note:

                        Any time we have any possible health issues with our old horse (non-existant until a couple of years ago), we pull blood and confirm things like organ function (as well as other things, of course). That helps to guide our veterinarian and myself as how far we should reasonably go.


                        • /me crying. I am so very sorry What a good old man he was
                          *Faune D'Helby*


                          • PoPo, you did right by your Old Man, thank you.

                            It always hurts to hear when we lose one.
                            Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.


                            • Ah Pocket Pony, I am so very sorry for your loss. BIG HUMONGOUS HUGS!

                              What a beauty he is! Monty looks like a great old soul with character and dignity.
                              Jot down favorite memories and stories, ask others for memories of him as well. Many times our friends see a 'different' character than we do.

                              As far as the picture goes, you can down load it to a memory card and any CVS or photo processor can print it out for you -
                              Bridal Sweet 05/28/1983 to 01/23/2008


                              • I too, am so sorry for your loss. May his memories live for ever. Take some time and gather up those beautiful photos of the old man and make yourself an album, an album to reminisce over. I have done that with both my departed friends and every once in a while I sit down and get out an album and take a look through. Yes, the tears come back but that's OK, it still makes me feel good.
                                One pair of good hands is better than having a thousand different bits.


                                • So sorry for your loss Pocket Pony, I type this with tears as well . They all come to mean so much to us.
                                  "All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay and he'll listen to me anyday" author unknown


                                  • Many hugs. You've made the right decision. I know the nod, as one of our mares told me it was time to go. Seems to be a rough year for colic. Oldest daughter lost her first horse at the age of 26 to colic the other week. May the Old Man's memories live on through the lives he touched.

                                    Susan B.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Wow, what a nice group of people on COTH. Thank you all for your well-wishes and your support. My little farm has a very different feel without Monty here. It feels so empty.
                                      "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


                                      • I'm sorry for your loss, but how wonderful you got to have him at home in his last days.