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i will hug him and kiss him and name him George

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  • i will hug him and kiss him and name him George

    We sent our son his horse yesterday. George Issac was 29. When he was born our oldest son ran over to the foal to grab him and said that he "would hug him and kiss him and call him George" and that was it

    Mark has been waiting for his horse to come to him for sixteen years.... Mark always hated to photographed but this the two at a competitive trail ride

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    George was the last of our original group of Bay Morgans he is second form right (the one on the right is a TB, Halley who was a rescue as a weanling that we kept for seventeen years... see her left front leg... once that bend exceeded 45 degrees we humanely put her down as we did not want her to break that leg and not be able to catch her

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    Our vet when first asked to respond immediately assumed Charlie's time had come expecting the call was about the "old pony" who is now well over forty ... no it was George

  • #2
    I’m so sorry Clanter...gallop on Mark and George!


    • #3

      Godspeed, George Isaac, and I hope you and Mark have a wonderful reunion.

      Clanter, wishing you peace and healing.
      The plural of anecdote is not data.


      • #4
        I'm so sorry for your loss. George was certainly lucky to be a member of your family. ❤️


        • #5
          Your family has been filled with great humans and great animals.


          • #6
            I am so very sorry, no words, just hugs.


            • #7
              They both were and are beautiful. Godspeed.
              (I wonder how many recall that quote, I mix it up between the Bugs Bunny takeoff and the original Grapes Of Wrath).


              • Original Poster

                We have been watching George's condition worsen the last few weeks, yesterday was time.

                Having the horses here at home it is easy to notice little changes that otherwise go unnoticed. We have found Morgans have a tendency to be very stoic, they just do not complain

                George was never the highly praised show horse but the was up to his last days the friend of many young girls who wanted a horse but could not have one. Last week he gave his finial ride to a young girl who adored George, even had bought her own grooming equipment for George.... I mention then that he was showing signs of being on the way out but he brighten up to give her a nice time, he even trotted some for her and never hinted he may be in pain.

                Three days ago, he just started showing more changes.

                But yesterday morning was our farrier appointment and he stood prefect for the farrier, had all of feet trimmed was turned out to go over and eat at his place.... then about two hours later things just overpowered his will.

                We got a hold of our vet who came later in the day, ran a few tests and said that the results were not good... it was time to help him.

                This morning, Socrates who always goes directly to the fence to rub against, rather than doing his normal day's activity went directly the gate were George was to say farewell and stand guard.


                • #9
                  I'm so sorry for your loss.
                  "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky


                  • #10
                    I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace for you and your family.


                    • #11
                      Sounds like a life well lived. My condolences to you all.
                      "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                      ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


                      • #12
                        I'm so sorry. Hugs and jingles to you and George's stablemates.


                        • #13
                          I'm sorry for both of your losses, even though 16 years have passed for Mark. I'm sure it's still hard.


                          • #14
                            My sincere condolences to you and your family. It is obvious that George had a good life and was worth his weight in gold. God speed George.
                            Ranch of Last Resort


                            • #15
                              Ride on, George and Mark. Ride on.


                              • #16
                                I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing their stories with us, to remind us all to go hug and kiss the ones we love while we have the chance to.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Since we are in the city we can not bury a horse on the property but have an excellent service where we have a "family" burial plot.

                                  Called them this morning to arrange pickup, the receptionist took a moment then asked would you like George buried next to Mulligan or Foxie... which was nice... just put him next to either but leave room for his pony Charlie who someday will join him (maybe as he still is in good shape at over 40) The pony has only liked George (well he was enamored with Foxie) but he is sad to have lost George

                                  So he will be buried next to Mulligan since Mulligan is buried next to George's mother

                                  But this is just one of the duties of ownership since they have entrusted their welfare with us


                                  • #18
                                    My deepest condolences on your loss. I can see how loved he was.
                                    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


                                    • #19
                                      It sounds like he had a wonderful life and was deeply loved. Recognizing those subtle signs and helping them cross peacefully and with dignity is such a heavy burden but also an honor. The idea of a family spot is really beautiful. They all get to be together again.


                                      • #20
                                        I am sure it was a joyful reunion. I hope you will think about all the happy times that George shared with the horses and humans he lived with for so many years. Beautiful post; thank you for sharing it with us.
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