Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ginger



We've had a really terrible day.

We got up early this morning to get the horses loaded for gymkhana only to find Ginger, Lorna's older horse, was ill. We took her down to the vet in the big city but she didn't make the drive. The vet tried to resuscitate her but it didn't work. Lorna chose to watch the necropsy that was done to determine what was wrong with Ginger. We found out that she had had some major trauma to her neck when she was young, probably running into a fence, which caused her esophagus to become enlarged. Her food was no longer moving into her stomach as it should and everything was making it difficult for her to breathe. It was good to hear that nothing we did caused her death but that still hasn't made it any easier to accept. We spent the afternoon at the gymkhana show just helping out and watching, it was a balm to be around people who understand what we are going through. I'm sure that we will all shed tears frequently over the next few days, Ginger was a very large part of our life.

4 comments:

Morgan the Muse said...

Paul just told me! I am so sorry to hear of your loss. That is a hard thing to take. But you had some good times with Ginger, and you have the other horses to take care, still. My mom's boss lost two of her horses within a month of each other, and never figured out why. She was so distraught about it. At least you know that it was not your fault, it could not be helped. But still, it is horrible. I am sorry.

muddyboots said...

Oh Kim! My heart is breaking for Lorna! Please give her an extra hug for me. I'm not a horse person myself... I never had the chance to be... but as I've watched Ash and our neighbor care of the neighbor's horse I can see that it's very different, more personal maybe, than caring for a cat or dog. Maybe because it's a true partnership?

Elizabeth

Lisa said...

How sad! Big hugs and prayers for all!

Lisa Sharp said...

I'm very sorry! I lost my horse a few months ago. No idea what happened, my brother found her dead one night. It's very hard. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.