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Two More for the Bridge

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  • Two More for the Bridge

    It is with a heavy heart that I post this message. Today two old but well-loved horses crosssed the bridge together; best friends and pasture mates.

    Polo was 31 years old and lived with me for almost 27 years. He gave me butterfly kisses and had the softest most gentle muzzle when giving other kisses. He was a fine old gentleman, nobly born,the grandson of a Kentucky Derby winner, an ex polo pony and despite his "loose screw" was such a fun horse. He had lately been having "senior moments" and had begun to lose weight despite eating only slurpy food for the past couple of years.

    And Kiva, a 26 year old Paint mare whose job it was to teach the grandchildren to care for and ride a horse. Always gentle with the littlest and always ready with a challenge to the older more experienced kids. She "raised" five grandchildren. She broke her hip about two or so years ago, and still mended well enough to teach the youngest walk/trot. Her arthritis, though had gone beyond what we could do for her.

    It was sudden. I had been thinking about it for awhile but had only gotten the courage to make that call last evening. When I called the vet to schedule, he said to call the guy with the backhoe and then we'd coordinate. The guy with the backhoe said he could do it today, the vet said he was available as well, and it was done. The suddeness was hard to take, but now that they are free, I see that it was best. I probably would have kept putting it off. I'll eventually stop crying, and will be able to move on with the wonderful memories I hold dear to my heart.
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  • #2
    My deepest condolences.
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    • #3
      I'm so sorry for your loss and pain.


      • #4
        You loved them well and did the right thing at the end.


        • #5
          So sorry for your losses, they sound like they had wonderful lives with you. As hard as it is to say goodbye they went without pain, without fear and surrounded by love.


          • #6
            It is plain from your post that both were loved & treasured the whole of their lives.

            Godspeed Polo & Kiva, there are many like you over the Bridge.
            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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            • #7
              I'm so sorry. It is good to know one won't be missing the other. Sending many hugs.
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              • #8
                So sorry. The inevitibility makes it no easier. But, you have done them the last, necessary good favor; there will be some comfort in that.
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                • #9
                  So difficult. I am wearing a beautiful bracelet made by a COTHer of my Bruno's tail hair as I type. A part of him with me still. They are only ours for a little while.
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                  • #10
                    Better a week too early than a moment too late.
                    You are a brave soul to let them go.
                    Know there is a small gray Arabian on the other side of the bridge waiting to show them where the sweetest grass is..

                    And all these others-are also there to meet them with soft nickers and many back scritches

                    the NOT!! Spoiled!! Arabian Protectavest poster pony lives on in my heart


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by macmtn View Post
                      And all these others-are also there to meet them with soft nickers and many back scritches
                      Jeez! That just made me cry. At my desk at work!

                      Very beautifully done

                      Thanks for sharing and OTH, my condolences for your loss
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                      • #12
                        I'm so sorry. {{hugs}}
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                        • #13
                          I lost two of my retirees on the same day too (one was planned, the other was not). It is hard! I'm coming up on three years, and now I can remember the good times and the sharp pain I felt when they died has mellowed.

                          When my best dog died I wrote down everything I could remember about him. It took nine pages, and it made me feel better. I appreciate reading it now because it brings back all those small things I loved about him. It might make you feel better too, to do that.

                          But, big hugs to you. It is rough!
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                          • #14
                            So sorry for your loss and saddness. Doing the right thing is hard, but it is the right thing. At least they'll have each other on the other side of the bridge.
                            Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


                            • #15
                              So sorry for your loss and good on you for your courage to keep the last promises!


                              • #16
                                I am so, so sorry. May you find peace. You have already given them theirs.
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                                • #17
                                  Many hugs...you so did right by them, both during their lives and at the end.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by macmtn View Post
                                    Better a week too early than a moment too late.

                                    My heartfelt condolences. Try to take comfort in the fact that you did right by them, in the best way you could.
                                    In loving memory of Laura Jahnke.
                                    A life lived by example, done too soon.


                                    • #19
                                      I'm so sorry for your loss.

                                      This spring I lost two horses a couple of months apart, and that was hard enough. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to lose two at one.

                                      I'm sure it was easier for them to go together, but it had to be very hard on you. You did a very wonderful thing for them, and you have my respect and my sympathy for that. <hugs>
                                      "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                                      -Edward Hoagland


                                      • #20
                                        I'm so sorry. Bless you for doing the right thing for both of them -- it is the ultimate love.