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So sorry for your loss.
One of the foals I bred had to be put down last year. So sad. She was the first and I saw her being born - a rare treat. The laminitis got too bad for her to be saved. Her mother is doing well living in Oxfordshire now away from the sweet itch midges and on sheep grazing to keep her slim.
They leave a big hole in our hearts when they go
Well, we said our final goodbyes to Shelley today as the vet arranged for the body to be disposed of.
Lots of happy memories and pictures as well, thanks to everyone for some lovely thoughts and comments, we are both very touched.
Peter & Rita
I had a donkey ex Weston super mare when I was three he was old then and I lost him when I was 30 ! The whole family grieved including the dogs who used to give home hell in their own way lol
They all pull the strings don't they
Run free at the bridge .....
Every pet is special in their own way that's why each loss is hard to bear ... until we can remember the good times with a smile.
Sorry for you loss and hope that you and the others will take comfort from the companionship of the remaining "herd"
|tugboat||It's always very sad to lose one of our animals, but it sounds like Shelley had a lovely companionable life with you. Commiserations to you from me.|
Horses and ponies are unique creatures in the affection they generate and it is a sad loss when their time is up. I understand and sympathize in your loss.
Our oldest was a Welsh pony bought for our daughters for their first pony - they were eight and Smokey was five. We had him for 29 years - 34 when he died and the whole family grieved for a long time. We have had many horses over the years, some for a quite short time and others for most of their lives. Each one was special in its own way.
|Mumoffive||So sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have given them all a great life.|
Sorry for your loss Peter
But it sounds as though Shelly was very lucky the day you found her
A good life is everything
|rowley||Sorry about your loss Peter, so many memories across those years.|
Thanks, All, sorry to dampen your evening, but we both appreciate the thoughts given above.
Shelley was one of three that we rescued from the French Horse Meat traders at the Beaulieu Road sales. We had already rescued Sparky after his mother died, he was found wandering alone in a bit of a state, and Rita's sister arranged to take him in and we took him over a short while later.
We then looked for a companion for him, and went to the sales with the intention of buying one, but finished up buying two, one of which was Shelley. Unbeknown to us, she was pregnant, so we were now 3+ 1/2, and later on her stallion would get the other mare in the club at quite an early age.
Somewhere in there we bought a paddock and rented one next door to give them 5 acres of grass surrounded by Hawthorn, Oak and Ash trees. They are a native breed and live out in all weathers. We did try some shelters, but they wouldn't use them, preferring to shelter under and behind the trees.
So we had five.
Sparky, the original had to be put down in Autumn 2012, he had Laminitis, but we had an excellent farrier who kept him on his feet for 17 years after the vet had written him off. That left four, now Shelley has gone too.
Fortunately we have lots of pictures and memories of them both.
The one that we thought would be a problem, with a wheezy chest, has been no trouble at all.
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