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  • #41
    So sorry about your losses, but buoyed up by your beautiful acceptance of life.

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    • #42
      I'm so sorry for yet another loss, clanter. I'm glad Mark has his horse back.

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      • #43
        so sorry, clanter. hugs and godspeed.
        AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012

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        • #44
          Clanter, they both knew they were deeply loved. I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

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          • #45
            Clanter, thank you for sharing the bond between your boy and his horse. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your son and on the loss of your/his horse. I'm just picturing them being reunited with each other after all these years and it's bringing some beautiful pictures to mind, full of love and happiness (and a few tears for you and your family).
            ~* Be kind to one another *~

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            • #46
              Am just, no words. Heart this so much. How wonderful to have had such a good life.

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              • #47
                "Remember the Good Times".
                "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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                • #48
                  Heartbreaking to read this....I am so sorry for both your losses. I hope you see them in the clouds.

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                    #49
                    again thank you

                    The loss of a son or any child is one of the things that you never get over but you have to go forward. Mark's death propelled our other three children to understand that one never knows when their time will come also. They learned to do the right thing first and not to wait to do the important.

                    They have all been very successful in their careers, all openly help others.

                    Mark was a horseman first then a computer geek who earned his Microsoft ratings while in high school ...(neighbor is director of IT for a large privately manufacturer who taught Mark and walked him through the certification process )

                    Out of high school he went directly into the workforce doing tech support but always kept his hand in the horse industry. After a while he got tired of the working in the tech support as most of the calls where I Have BLUE Screen what do I do .

                    He was interested in racing so become an exercise rider at a TB training farm, then got track cards at Churchill Downs and locally at Grand Prairie. He was working at Grand Prairie when he was injured in a car accident. The surprise to all was at his funeral most all of the backside workers came, (well over three hundred.) Turns out Mark had bought some computers and was teaching them computer skills so that they could remain in contact with their families, most of the workers where from Central America. Shortly afterwards here was another service for him at the track conducted by the track.

                    Some of his ashes are at the finish line at Grand Prairie but at Churchill Downs he is in the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle that is only used by Derby winners. (At the time I was working for the largest shareholder of the Downs and he said Mark needed to be in Derby Winner's Circle).

                    Until yesterday I was not aware that we still have some of Marks ashes here, my wife and younger daughter had divided out the remaining ashes to be placed with His horses as they come to join him.

                    I am just glade that we have been able to use our horses as tool to teach our kids as they grew up.

                    George Isaac was a good horse, he wasn't great at anything other than being the friend of many kids...all the kids loved George and thought of him as their personal horse

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                    • #50
                      Originally posted by clanter View Post
                      again thank you

                      The loss of a son or any child is one of the things that you never get over but you have to go forward. Mark's death propelled our other three children to understand that one never knows when their time will come also. They learned to do the right thing first and not to wait to do the important.

                      They have all been very successful in their careers, all openly help others.

                      Mark was a horseman first then a computer geek who earned his Microsoft ratings while in high school ...(neighbor is director of IT for a large privately manufacturer who taught Mark and walked him through the certification process )

                      Out of high school he went directly into the workforce doing tech support but always kept his hand in the horse industry. After a while he got tired of the working in the tech support as most of the calls where I Have BLUE Screen what do I do .

                      He was interested in racing so become an exercise rider at a TB training farm, then got track cards at Churchill Downs and locally at Grand Prairie. He was working at Grand Prairie when he was injured in a car accident. The surprise to all was at his funeral most all of the backside workers came, (well over three hundred.) Turns out Mark had bought some computers and was teaching them computer skills so that they could remain in contact with their families, most of the workers where from Central America. Shortly afterwards here was another service for him at the track conducted by the track.

                      Some of his ashes are at the finish line at Grand Prairie but at Churchill Downs he is in the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle that is only used by Derby winners. (At the time I was working for the largest shareholder of the Downs and he said Mark needed to be in Derby Winner's Circle).

                      Until yesterday I was not aware that we still have some of Marks ashes here, my wife and younger daughter had divided out the remaining ashes to be placed with His horses as they come to join him.

                      I am just glade that we have been able to use our horses as tool to teach our kids as they grew up.

                      George Isaac was a good horse, he wasn't great at anything other than being the friend of many kids...all the kids loved George and thought of him as their personal horse
                      Thank you so much for your stories, more than you may know.

                      How wonderful a person your son was.
                      How wonderful a horse George was.
                      Each in their own marvelous ways.

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                        #51
                        here is George's mother, Shamrock Sashay. We bought her after my wife made an over Christmas break back to Kentucky to work with Foxie who was still with our trainer. The trip turned out to be an endurance contest as it snowed over two feet and the temps went down to around zero.....wife saw this little mare who was the broodmare band leader standing chest deep in the snow. When she came back, she told me she really like the little mare, we arranged to purchase Shay who we brought home to Texas where it rarely snowed any more.

                        A nice old style Lippitt Morgan Shay only stood at 13.3h but had a heart of gold (she was a half sister to Foxie)

                        Shay was always a good horse, took care with the kids

                        youngest daughter with Shay in our back yard ... I do not remember why the added camouflage is added Shay's bridle but she was interested in what Karen was doing (pony in back ground is younger son's POA)

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                        • #52
                          An old Morgan, but oh so typey, all of yours are.

                          I wonder if the POA felt a little left out, other than his coloring, "any other than plain bay" in a herd of bays.

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                          • #53
                            So sorry for your losses. What a lovely tribute.
                            If thou hast a sorrow, tell it not to the arrow, tell it to thy saddlebow, and ride on, singing. -- King Alfred the Great

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                              #54
                              Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                              An old Morgan, but oh so typey, all of yours are.

                              I wonder if the POA felt a little left out, other than his coloring, "any other than plain bay" in a herd of bays.
                              The POA was beautiful, but not very smart. We kept him five years before we felt he was save enough to be sold.... every day was a new day for the lad.

                              A real estate developer bought him to put in a pasture at the entrance of a development to give prospective buyers the idea they need to live there (his pasture mate was a blue roan POA so they look quite smart together)

                              But ..... it was at least five years later that daughter had Foxie at a nearby Hunter barn (which is now a large housing development) to work her over their course when while being tacked up around a corner comes a girl leading.... the POA.

                              When he rounded the corner Foxie nickered to him immediately knowing who it was

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                              • #55
                                What a beautiful tribute to your son and George. I am so sorry for your loss.
                                Ann
                                ~\"Think today so you will be here to think tomorrow\" Burma Shave~

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                                • #56
                                  {{{{{{clanter and family}}}}}}

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                                  • #57
                                    Originally posted by clanter View Post
                                    Thank all of you. George was 29, he lived a good life we had him from birth to death.


                                    Pine Hill just picked up George and I had to ask my wife what that bag around George's neck? It contained some of Mark's ashes, as his request was to be buried with his horses. (we still have his three miniatures).
                                    I'm so sorry Clanter, you have seen more than your share of loss.
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                                    • #58
                                      Originally posted by clanter View Post
                                      again thank you

                                      The loss of a son or any child is one of the things that you never get over but you have to go forward. Mark's death propelled our other three children to understand that one never knows when their time will come also. They learned to do the right thing first and not to wait to do the important.

                                      They have all been very successful in their careers, all openly help others.

                                      Mark was a horseman first then a computer geek who earned his Microsoft ratings while in high school ...(neighbor is director of IT for a large privately manufacturer who taught Mark and walked him through the certification process )

                                      Out of high school he went directly into the workforce doing tech support but always kept his hand in the horse industry. After a while he got tired of the working in the tech support as most of the calls where I Have BLUE Screen what do I do .

                                      He was interested in racing so become an exercise rider at a TB training farm, then got track cards at Churchill Downs and locally at Grand Prairie. He was working at Grand Prairie when he was injured in a car accident. The surprise to all was at his funeral most all of the backside workers came, (well over three hundred.) Turns out Mark had bought some computers and was teaching them computer skills so that they could remain in contact with their families, most of the workers where from Central America. Shortly afterwards here was another service for him at the track conducted by the track.

                                      Some of his ashes are at the finish line at Grand Prairie but at Churchill Downs he is in the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle that is only used by Derby winners. (At the time I was working for the largest shareholder of the Downs and he said Mark needed to be in Derby Winner's Circle).

                                      Until yesterday I was not aware that we still have some of Marks ashes here, my wife and younger daughter had divided out the remaining ashes to be placed with His horses as they come to join him.

                                      I am just glade that we have been able to use our horses as tool to teach our kids as they grew up.

                                      George Isaac was a good horse, he wasn't great at anything other than being the friend of many kids...all the kids loved George and thought of him as their personal horse
                                      Your son sounds like he was such a beautiful soul to have graced the earth. I can envision George galloping excitedly to see him again. Hugs, and I'm so sorry for both the loss of your son, and his horse. I can't even imagine.

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                                      • #59
                                        My condolences to you. Thank you for sharing, both sweet and heartbreaking.
                                        Blugal

                                        You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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                                          #60
                                          Originally posted by onthebit View Post

                                          I'm so sorry Clanter, you have seen more than your share of loss.
                                          having horses for their lifetime always has an ending... so we know there will be an end for each, our goal is make their time with us to not be stressful Rarely have we sold one, there were only two both real ponies that were outgrown.

                                          We named the farm Sanctuary thinking more of being a place of protection for the kids. Little did we know what was to actually happen.

                                          We have been blessed with some interesting stock that worked hand-in-hand with what we were trying to accomplish

                                          We wanted to give our kids a strong foundation that could be used to teach them how life works. There have been many highs as well as heart breaking lows.

                                          Our young daughter took on many of Mark's goals, one was to win a national championship. She laid out the plan, worked hard, had her horse is the best of shape and lost the goal by a few points. The loss was made hard to accept as the winner showed multiple times before her mother as judge or a close family relative. Together we read all the rules or the organization but could find none that restricted such from happening.

                                          Together we wrote a proposed rule change, went through all the correct channels to get the proposal before the national board. The rule change was passed as written and has since been known by the ones that know what happened as Aimee's Rule (Her Horse, Prairie Hill Mulligan was National Champion, as Horse and Rider are judged separately)

                                          All my friends thought I was nuts to be spending the money on the horses, the showing, the competitions and on and on... but our kids learned how to deal with failures and that life can be not fair (we had old style Morgans who some judges disliked), there horse could be prefect but be tied low... we just started keeping a log on the judges...some we would no show before.

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