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She's gone. Sierra has crossed the bridge

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  • She's gone. Sierra has crossed the bridge

    I don't think I've talked about this horse much if at all on this board, she belonged to my husband and was a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. Sierra was a lovely chocolate roan with a stocky body and kind eye. Yes, she was opinionated and wanted her way (typical mare) but she always gave her all as well as her heart.

    Mr. Mtn trails bought her about 18 months ago and thought with a little retraining, this would be the horse he'd have into his retirement. Unfortunately, soon after buying, she came up lame. Somedays she'd be off, others not so very hard to pinpoint. One vet thought for sure it was in her stifles so we had them injected. No change. Then we thought maybe chiropractic, after adjustments, no change. We didn't use her for other than a pretty pasture ornament for a long while trying to figure out what to do next. DH scheduled another appointment with a different vet and he gave us the verdict right away - ringbone, very advanced ringbone I might add. We had a couple of pics done and find that she had an old bone chip in her right front pastern resulting in ringbone. The kicker is, is that she had this condition when we bought her so the unscrupulous sellers jacked her up on pain killers when DH tried her out and being a trusting sole, he bought her without a vet check.

    The poor girl was in so much pain that 2 grams of bute didn't make a dent. We decided the best thing for her was to send to across the rainbow bridge where she won't be lame, and can run and play pain free.

    RIP Sierra.
    Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert

  • #2
    Run free sweet girl. Jingles to those left behind.
    “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker


    • #3
      So sorry this happened. She's in a better place now, but feel badly for you and Mr. MT. What a bummer to be done to like this, for all of you.
      "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

      Spay and neuter. Please.


      • #4
        Thanks for doing right by her.

        Funny how one only known so briefly still takes a piece of our hearts with them.
        InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

        Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


        • #5
          I'm sorry for your loss. Good to know that she was well cared for and loved at the end. Every horse deserves that.
          A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

          Might be a reason, never an excuse...


          • #6
            Deepest sympathies. Godspeed Sierra.


            • #7
              Very sorry for your loss.
              Run free Sierra... she was a lucky girl!


              • #8
                You did the best thing for her....condolensces to you and Mr. Mtn trails.
                Ridge Farm Inc.-full care retirement


                • #9
                  a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                  • #10
                    Hugs--how lucky she had owners at the end who did right by her. RIP Sierra!


                    • #11
                      My deepest condolences.

                      Godspeed, Sierra.
                      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.


                      • #12
                        We lost our Rocky on Sunday as well ... so my heart aches with you. It's hard to make that call, but know that we all understand.
                        If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
                        ~ Maya Angelou


                        • #13
                          RIP Sierra. She was very lucky to have found new owners who did right by her.
                          Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                          Witherun Farm


                          • #14
                            Poor girl. So sorry for your loss, but thanks for saving her from years of pain.

                            (((HUGS))) to you and DH.

                            Godspeed Sierra
                            A Merrick N Dream Farm
                            Proud Member of "Someone Special to me serves in the Military" Clique


                            • #15
                              My very deep condolences. Hugs .
                              Sierra was so lucky to have such a wonderful family.


                              • #16
                                RIP Sierra, may you run and gallop to your hearts content, as you are no longer in pain.


                                • #17
                                  What an awfully sad story for you and for Sierra - and thank you for doing the right thing for her. Clearly her previous owners not only have no conscience but they simply have no feeling either, to let her live in that much pain.

                                  So sorry for your loss and all the effort you had to exert to find out that she was not able to stay with you.

                                  Thoughts and prayers coming your way.


                                  • #18
                                    my deepest sympathies on your loss.
                                    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                    • #19
                                      I am very sorry for your loss. I hope Mr. Mt. is doing ok, too. It is sad that the seller was so unscrupulous, but Sierra was fortunate to spend her last days with such a loving family who tried so hard to help her. I know it's a small silver lining, but what a kindness you did for her. ((Hugs)) to you.


                                      • #20
                                        Godspeed Sierra..

                                        {{HUGS}} to you and Mr. Mtn trails for taking such good care of her. She was lucky to have you to love her.
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                                        Originally posted by 2DogsFarm
                                        Good job R&G!
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