[RC] [Guest] Loss of a Friend - Ridecamp Moderator
Kristin Glaze kristinschuma@xxxxxxx
I have been lurking on this list for 1 1/2 years now.... and find myself
in a position to seek some comfort from people that I respect and that I
know have been here before.
April 11, 1983 - October 24, 2002
Last Thursday I was in the unfortunate position of having to make the
decision to put my friend down. His colic had produced circumstances that
had given him little to no chance to survive. Had money been the issue...
I would have spent all the money in the world to save him.
Our life started together 15 years ago in October of 1987. A beautiful
chestnut with a white blaze and 1 white sock- I fell in love with him
immediately. He was an unbroke gelding that had seen some abuse at the
hands of several well known halter trainers. It took some time and some
learning, on both parts, but we got past this and developed a relationship
that was equal to none. My friend Beth always said she'd never seen two
more connected. He knew when I was in the barn, even if I stood at the
door and never said a word. He'd always lift his head and nicker or if
out in the pasture the minute he would see me he'd head towards me always
eager to begin our day together. His nickers were a joy to hear..... we
were complete when we were together.
After showing in class A shows (and doing well!) we were looking for
something different.... we found roping ranch cattle, parelli, and
finally, last year, Endurance riding. We started the year off with a 15
mile novice competitive trail ride. Boy, did we enjoy it and to top it
off, we won 1st place! Life altering situations occured that summer... we
didn't compete again until August when we completed a 30 mile competitive
ride and again won it! Zeers tendons really filled in after that ride and
I thought about retiring him.... which is when I bought his best friend
(High Noon).... but, I really didn't want to retire him... he has such
spirit, such love for the trail, such love for me.
This last year was rough on him.. I could tell he just didn't always feel
right. We continued going down the trail... just at a much more sedate
pace than Zeer would have liked. If only we had found endurance riding at
a much younger age.... I truly think Zeer would have made a wonderful long
distance horse! He didn't have the biggest feet or the thickest bone..
but, he had the heart, the love of competition, and the love of his
friend, Me. We would have made a formidable team!
I always told my mom that I was going to marry a horse... in 1987 I
married Zeer. He was with me and pulled me through so much. The death of
my brother, the loss of my best friend Beth, a marriage to my 2nd husband
(Zeer will always be the first), the loss of my job, moving,yet again
together.... all of these within the last 2 years of our life together!
On Thursday October 24th at 5:45 p.m. I laid my best friend, my love, my
soulmate to rest. It is many years too soon. My heart aches for him, to
see his face, kiss his forehead, to just sit and watch him eat grass yet
again. He was my heart, my strength, my friend. Someday, he will return
to me. It will never be soon enough. Now, he is buried out by his
friend, his girlfriend, and the pony he loved to boss around- in a place
that I can see from the house- a place that I visit everyday- a place
where I will put some roses on our 15th Anniversary together.
Give your horses a kiss tonight- right on the forehead..... tell them it
from Kris and Zeer- the horse of a lifetime and the girl who loved him.
With a heavy heart,
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