Thursday, December 9, 2010

And then there are goodbyes

During the month of October two of our beloved horses died. Cassie, a retired horse who spent her last days here with us had a sudden episode of congestive heart failure. She was maintained on Lasix for six more days but the damage was too great, she could not heal. She was a tough old warrior mare. In the end she died with the same fierce dignity that she had lived with. She was more than 30 years old.

Thor, a 20 year old thoroughbred gelding, was adopted by his beloved friend, Christel, 10 years ago. She rode him almost every day and lovingly cared for him. After surgery to remove a bladder stone, he began to fade away. One day he was found in great respiratory distress. It was decided to let his beautiful horse go. He knew it, too. It was okay.

May we all meet again in paradise.


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