Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Greener Pastures: Amythyst, Mithras, and Sunday.

If you are like me and you have umpteen horsey friends and acquaintances you will find there are some months full of high moments and others filled with lows.

Circa 2008
It can range from seeing a good friend rack up some serious satin at a big show, or watching as another retires their arthritic old gelding. And I can guarantee you that the second someone has had to make the ultimate decision for their horse, we all instantly seem to know and we all band together to remind each other why we love this sport, regardless of discipline or competition level.

It reminds us to hug our horses every day - for being our four-legged therapist and for being our team mate.
Believe it or not, but Suzie was actually the youngest horse there.
A few days ago I heard that my old 4-H riding coach had put down both of her elderly horses after battling another lengthy founder-episode in her Anglo-Arab mare and a unfortunate case of worsening arthritis in her Hanoverian. These two horses were actually pasture-mates to Suzie when I boarded her at my coach's barn.

Both horses had lived quite a long and fulfilling life - both achieving some serious awards and satin in their days. The Anglo-Arab, Amythyst, was nearing her early 30s and the Hano was not far behind.

It shouldn't have come as a shock, but it is upsetting nontheless.

Not me riding, but Mithras doing the fancy stuff.
He was probably around 15 here.
Circa 2009.
Me and Am at a clinic doing the cloverleaf exercise.
Showing teeny tiny x-rails in 2009.
Same show, a few jumps later... 

Especially when I too have suffered my own loss.

On July 10th, the mare that I had previously blogged about, foaled out a beautiful solid colt who was aptly named "Sunday". I realize that I have flip-flopped over a made horse vs a foal, but as soon as I saw him, I knew I had to have him.

Freshly born, with big floppy ears.
And so, while waiting to hear back from the registry as to whether or not he'd be registered as a Paint or Solid Breeding Stock Paint (color vs solid), I arranged placing a deposit and such with the breeder.

I was feeling like I was on Cloud 9 - my favorite broodie mare foaled out a nice big chestnut colt. Exactly what I was looking for.

His neat tail, which made his full
Paint registration pending.
On the Friday, I was asked to hold off on the deposit, as Sunday was starting to look ill.

I remained optimistic, but it was just not meant to be. July 19th, Sunday was laid to rest with what the vet suspects was a ruptured bladder.

Rest in Peace, sweet Sunday.
I initially wasn't going to blog about Sunday or his loss, but it seems as though he deserves to be mentioned and remembered.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for your condolences. He was absolutely perfect in every way.

  2. Oh I am so sorry. Rest in peace Sunday. Sometimes they leave us far too soon.

  3. I'm really sorry, he was beautiful :(

  4. I am so sorry. Any time they leave us, regardless of when or how, it's always too soon. Sending happy thoughts and prayers for you and your friends. <3

  5. So many hugs for you, my friend.

  6. What a blow. So sorry to hear that. :(

  7. Oh Cathryn :'( I hope you get some relief soon, these hits just can't keep on coming.

    Rest in peace little love <3

  8. Oh no... I am so sorry. What a sad, unfortunate loss. You've had a hard summer, I'd say. Hang in there. Seasons don't last forever.

  9. Oh man, I am so, so sorry. Losing the young ones is always the hardest. Hugs to you a yours <3

  10. Oh no. I'm so sorry. Hugs.