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  • #21
    So sorry.

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    • #22
      So sad for you. He was spoiled and happy and comfortable at the end, better to not have his last day be his worst day.

      BIG hugs.
      Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
      Incredible Invisible

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      • #23
        I’m very sorry to hear this. This is a tough time of year as we consider if a horse can get through another long hard winter. My BO put her old mare down as well. Sending condolences to you.
        A friend made some keepsakes from my horses tail after he passed. Might be an idea for you.

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        • #24
          I am so sorry for your loss.

          This is the hardest part of owning horses, the one last time that you get to put your horse's welfare above your own.

          In his wonderful book "A Tale of Two Horses" Aime Tschiffily says that the gauchos of Argentina say that there is a heaven just for horses that they call Trapalanda.

          Your horse is now free, does not hurt any more, and he can, in spirit, be a horse with other horses in horse heaven.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by IdahoRider View Post
            I helped my good boy over The Bridge today. The cold spell we had, where it dropped down into the teens, told me that I was right a couple of weeks ago.

            And today was glorious. Much warmer. He got to take a sun bath without a blanket on. And he was stuffed full of carrots. And he was loved. He was so loved.

            I am shattered. But I know that it was the last loving thing I could do for him.
            Sheilah
            Im so sorry!!! My mare that i had since i was 7, i am 34 now, went this past may with her head in my lap. She kept going down and couldnt get up on her own. To the point we used a tractor and sling a couple times. I think i was mourning her before she was gone because i knew the decision had to be made soon. Its so hard but when you know its time, its time. She unfortuately had gone down 3x that day and a storm was coming that evening so it was a rush to get it all done before the rain set in, but her last days were with her bestie senior buddy and her last hours were in my arms. Im so glad your guy got one last amazing day!!! The biggest of hugs and jingles to you!!!

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            • #26
              I'm so sorry - hugs to you. Making that call is the hardest thing we can ever do for them - but also the most necessary.

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                #27
                Originally posted by HungarianHippo View Post
                Very sorry for you.
                Tell us one of your favorite things about him- what's something that makes you smile right now, even if through tears?
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                He came to me with the barn name Noodle. I could not understand how anyone could call such a good looking horse "Noodle". I decided that although I am not very good at naming animals, I was going to change his barn name. I figured I would live with him for a bit and discover what his true barn name should be.

                it had been a few days and I had my first lesson on him. We were done, but I was still mounted. I was talking with my instructor and Noodle suddenly let out this huge yawn. I mean, it was epic...head up, mouth open as wide as possible. Then he slowly inched his front legs forward until he was stretching like a cat. He stretched so far forward I would have been able to just step out of the stirrup and onto the ground. Then he inched his way back up, with me still in the saddle. I looked at my instructor and we both laughed and said (at the same time), "He has to stay "Noodle"!

                He loved having something in his mouth. He would pick up brushes and play with them. He would grab the lead rope and wave it around. I decided to just let him have something he could play with, so I cut off about two feet from an old lead rope and that was his to play with when I was grooming or tacking up. He loved it and had it for many years. We called it his binky.

                He was game to try just about anything as long as birds were not involved. And he was convinced that mail boxes were Satan's Spawn. Riding him down the road was hilarious. We would walk along, his head was down and his eyes were soft. Then he would spy a mail box and he would go on high alert. Ears up so high the little Arabian tips were almost touching. The closer we would get, the louder his snorts would get. And he would fix an eye on the mail box and not look away until we were past it. Then his head would drop, his eye would soften and we would start the whole thing all over again with the next mail box. And the next. And the next. He never did anything naughty. He was just convinced that he needed to be prepared for the attack that was sure to come some day.

                Even though he was boarded and someone other than me fed him, he still greeted me with a nicker. He could be at the far end of a large pasture and all I had to do was yell his name and he would come to the gate. He did not like being left in turn out too long. When he figured he was done, he would go to the gate and bang on it with a hoof. If that didn't get him what he wanted he would break into this lovely passagey trot, back and forth along the fence. If that didn't work he would start to bite at his knees (his version of a tantrum) and kick out.

                He kept me safe. And just being with him always made me happy.
                Sheilah


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                  • #29
                    He sounds like a great horse. And he was lucky to have such a wonderful, caring owner. Hugs and peace to you.

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                    • #30
                      😍He had such a sweet face.
                      And you both look so happy in that 1st pic.
                      If he were mine, I'd be tempted to make that pic his memorial.
                      Godspeed, Noodle.

                      I have a pic of DH holding my TB & his TWH.
                      Both horses are looking at him, the Walker over his shoulder.
                      They are all long gone, but I love that pic
                      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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                      • #31
                        Even though it's the right thing to do, it's not easy.
                        i put down my beloved 34 yr old in July; not an easy choice but it was clear it had to be done. If not, I'd be agonizing over when to do it now.
                        You're not alone in your grief. We've all been there.

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                        • #32
                          ((Hugs)) I know you've been struggling with this decision for a while, I remember your posts. You did good, mom.

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                          • #33
                            I'm SO sorry, IdahoRider /Sheilah. (((hugs)))
                            RIP Noodle.
                            We all know this is part of horse ownership but how ever we prepare ourselves for it we are never ready. It's so hard to let them go. Kudos to you for making the right decision. Noodle had a great life with you, and as long as those memories are in your heart and you share them, he will still be there.
                            Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!

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                            • #34
                              So sorry to hear this. Sending all my love to you... your stories about him made me smile. How lucky he was to have you, who put his care and comfort above all, but also, how fortunate you were to have him. He sounds like he was a lovely, lovely boy. Sympathies for your loss.

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                              • #35
                                Hugs.

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                                • #36
                                  Hugs.
                                  You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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                                  • #37
                                    I am so sorry.

                                    Rebecca

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                                    • #38
                                      I am sorry for your loss. Rest easy, Noodle.

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                                      • #39
                                        I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you.

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                                        • #40
                                          Ah, dear Sheilah, I am so very sorry. It is the last, hardest thing we can do for them. You did your best for him, right to the end. Thinking of you.
                                          A Fine Romance. April 1991 - June 2016. Loved forever.

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