A View From My Horse: In Remembrance

Very sadly, this week’s view is one that will never be able to be repeated. One of our readers, Haley, sent us this photo taken from her horse, Dan. Tragically, Dan had to be put down last month after coming in from the field with mild colic, which progressed to colic surgery, and ultimately it became in the horse’s best interest to put him down. Thanks to Haley for submitting, I know I am not alone in saying that we are all very sorry for her loss.

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One month ago today I had to put Dan, my 11 year old TB down. He came down with all the usual signs of a mild, normal colic. Before I knew it he was in surgery have one foot of his small intestine resceted. He never fully recovered and by the next evening I had to make the hardest decision of my life, I had to say good bye to my best friend. This picture was taken a few weeks ago. I had started taking him on solo trail rides to increase his confidence of being “out on his own.”  He was the most incredible horse I have ever ridden and I feel so thankful that I got to share a part of my life with him. Life does go on but I know I will never forget his face, not even for a second. Thank you for letting me share my story. While this whole ordeal is still like a dream, it does help for me to talk about it.




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