Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sadness

The barn where I ride lost an amazing horse to colic last night. His name was Encore, and he was a thirty-year-old stallion. He looked fantastic. His coat was glossy, and he was well-muscled. A sweet old guy, he was allowed to roam the property. He had lost most of his teeth, so his owner hand-fed him his meals. She really doted on him and is crushed by this loss. I hope she'll take comfort in the fact that he had the best retirement a horse could possibly have.

2 comments:

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Colic is evil. Here's a virtual hug for your friend - what a loss :-(

Lora Dow said...

Such a sad day, but what a great life that horse had. 30 years and pretty much healthy up to the very end. I don't think I've ever been anywhere they let the STALLIONS roam free, but maybe after age 25, they're less likely to randomly impregnate the mares?

Hope your friend gets through these difficult days with grace and fond memories of her horse.