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'emma' ... Gallop Away, Pain-Free....


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Early this morning, Emma, my 16 year old Connemara/QH was relieved of her chronic foot pain.

She has had on-again, off again laminitis in both front feet for several years.

 

I bought her as a yearling ... chose her from a herd of about 15 Connemaras and Connemara crosses.

Such a fabulus little mover with a sweet temperament and she was going to take me great places in the Dressage ring!

 

However...when she was rising 3, she sustained a grade 3, displaced fracture of her ulna ... and of course we had no idea how that happened ....and this was the begining of her foot problems.

Eight months of stall rest, followed by weeks of limited turn-out was not kind on her body.

 

As she moved into middle age, being an 'easy-keeper', combined with inactivity only made things worse, even with a no-grain / grass diet> She was always muzzled in the summer months when out on pasture.

 

She would often go many, many months of being reasonably sound and pain-free, but this past winter was very hard on her and I vowed she would not see another one.

 

She had a nasty flare-up this past Sunday... and it could very well have been an abcess brewing, but I decided then and there that 'Better a day too early' was kinder than 'A day too late'.

 

So this morning I brushed her up, braided her mane and took her out to gorge on the green, green grass. She went peacefully to the Bridge, chewing her apples...

 

Gallop Free, Miss Emma.... the boys miss you.

 

 

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My favorite photo, taken 7 years ago....

 

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Nancy...Mom to Sid (Peteles Tiger), Kibo (112 Carlota Galgos) and Joshi.  Missing Casey, Gomer, Mona, Penelope, BillieJean, Bandit, Nixon (Starz Sammie),  Ruby (Watch Me Dash) Nigel (Nigel), and especially little Mario, waiting at the Bridge.

 

 

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Sorry for your loss. Horses are tough. They get a lot of difficult to manage health problems, but there isn't a kinder, more beautiful species. Run free Miss Emma.

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Nancy I am so very sorry. Emma was stunning.

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What a beautiful horse. :beatheart I'm sorry she had to leave you.

 

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Nancy, I am so sorry. How sweet to have met Emma as a yearling and to have lived with her as she matured. She was soo beautiful. :grouphug

 

Godspeed beautiful Emma, pain-free hoofers at the Bridge.

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She was gorgeous. I am sorry for your loss.

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The handsome boy Brady, mid-morning nap. The sun, the sun feels so, so, so good.

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I'm so sorry for your loss.

 

Godspeed, pretty girl. All the apples and green grass a girl could want, in the land over the rainbow.

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Run free and fast through those grassy fields on pain-free feet, sweet Emma. You will be so missed :grouphug

 

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Oh, my gosh, she was truly exceptional. And she must have left a huge empty space in your heart. I'm so sorry you lost your precious Emma.

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Oh Nancy, she was so beautiful, am so sorry she had to leave you. But at least she is resting without pain now. That is the greatest gift you could give to her.

 

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I'm so very sorry. What a lovely kind face she had.

 

Godspeed Emma.

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