To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

End of an era

I've had a new post started for weeks, and have added and edited often in my mind. There is much to say and nothing to say when your partner has a chronic condition, but that's all I have to say about that tonight.

Rick got paged earlier, and left to pay one final visit to Russell, my old partner, the horse in my header, the big guy who took such wonderful care of Brian when he was a little guy, along with being my dancing partner. He has been having increasing instability due to neck issues, and tonight he can't get up. It breaks my heart, yet I am so thankful to have had him in my life and then to have found a retirement home where he could live out his days happily, and be treated compassionately at the end.

Good-night and good-bye, Special Majesty. You were, indeed,


Theresa said...

Oh Michelle, I am so sorry. He was a magnificent creature. Condolences to all on this loss. He will be sorely missed I know.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Those good old horses... {{{hug}}}

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A :-) said...

Oh . . . I'm so sorry, Michelle. Even though he hasn't been with you in the past few years, I know you must be heartbroken.

Kim said...

I am so very sorry Michelle. I mostly lurk and don't comment, but I have been there and know what you are feeling. May his memory be a joy in your heart.