Coloured Star


My best friend, my soul mate, my world, my everything.

I have been lucky enough to have had Buster in my life for the past 27 years, 54 week, 4 days and 9 and a half hours. Buster was put to sleep on Thursday the 17th of July 2015 at 09:30. God Rest his Soul.

The first time I saw him in the stable I knew he was the horse for me, there was something about the way he looked at me, I knew there was something special about this young cob and he proved me right.

I bought Buster as a 3 year old. We become firm friends, I would get up every morning and I would wake up with a sparkle about me, I couldn't wait to get washed and dressed to see my boy and do you know what? That feeling never went away for the 27+ years I owned him.

Buster and I competed in many equine disciplines and successfully too. Hunter Trials, Cross Country, One Day Events, Show Jumping, Dressage, Polo Cross, Working Cob, BHS-Trec and many different Sponsored/pleasure rides. I took him to Holt in Norfolk for a riding holiday 3 years running, I rode him on Holcomb Beach, where we paddled in the sea, and galloped along the the flat long beach. I remember how Buster was scared of the small waves, with the white foam which had formed on it. He would keep running in and out of the sea (Bless Him). We had a wonderful time together.

Buster won many trophy's and Lord knows how many Rosettes. He was a horse in a million.

I worked as a HGV Driver for most of my working life, I worked permanent nights, just so I could look after him through the day.

I unfortunately broke my back team chasing in 2003, which has left me disabled. I spent many months in hospital, all I could think about was getting rehabilitated and back up to the stables. Well it was two years before I got back on Buster, even with the morphine the pain was excruciating, but somehow I believe he knew I was in some discomfort. Buster was such a good boy, he had no problem with the hoist, he was a complete Gentleman.

I could write a book on everything Buster and I have been through together, but I don't wish to bore you the reader with our adventures.

Unfortunately Buster had Cushings and Laminitis. I kept him clipped out, due to the excessive hair growth and I did everything in my power to keep his Laminitis under control. He became so stiff and I could see he was in pain, I knew in my heart it was time to say goodbye to my soul mate. I wanted a second opinion, so I contacted my vet, who confirmed what I already knew. So on Thursday the 17th of July 2015 my best friend was put to sleep.

I am struggling to cope with the loss of my boy. The pain won't go away, I am totally lost without my boy.

I will never ever forget you Buster, you are in my heart and soul.

Sarah Bowker

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