Eterna V, my sweet ET, you
came into my life some 14 years ago. A beautiful chestnut Arabian mare. From
the minute I first saw you I knew that you would be mine. From the minute
I laid a leg over you I knew we would be"One". Trying to buy you almost went
bad. With Dad's quick thinking he said what we needed to do to get the deal
done. My dreams came true and you were mine.
You went though a lot of
pain and abuse in your life, from your bleeding frogs to the fact that you
were never allowed to be a horse. You began to trust again. You gave 100%
of yourself once you found your TRUST again. You taught me so very much,
not only as a rider, but as a owner and friend. You taught me patience and
you taught me UNCONDITIONAL love.
You made all of my DREAMS
come true and in your own way, ET, you were my National Champion. No other
horse has ever come close to having the BOND that we shared. I miss you so
very much. It's so hard to go out to the barn and you're not there. You were
and will always be my "Once in a Lifetime" horse. No other will fill my heart
like you did and no other ever will. You taught so many the true love of
a horse. You carried children to timid adults. You took the time to allow
others to learn by your expertise. You taught them confidence that they were
lacking. Thank you for that, my Dear Friend.
I hope you enjoyed your
life here with me as much as I enjoyed having you in my life. I know you
were happy and when we retired you, I made you a promise which I kept, to
never have another saddle on your back again. You seemed so happy to just
be a horse and enjoy your pasture life. I know at times you weren't happy
that I gave you another brat to babysit, but ET, you were so smart and wise
with those kids. You taught them almost the same things that you taught me.
Love and patience, caring and most of all, trust.
I thought that we still
had time left, ET, I thought that you would still be in my life for more
years to come. We both know that wasn't the case the day we found you covered
in sweat and sand from rolling so bad. We both knew the end was near. We
tried so hard to save you, ET, but it was time for you to go. I had to tell
them to put you out of pain and even though I acted strong, my dear sweet
mare, I acted strong for you. I owed you that.
I am having such a hard
time knowing that I will never hear your whinny nor will I ever be able to
stroke your face again. My heart is forever broken, ET, without you in my
I pray that you will stay
around me to help guide me through all of this. I pray that you will be waiting
for me at Rainbow Bridge - Happy, Healthy, and Sound so that I may once again
climb on your back and feel the connection that we had.
Do not worry, my sweet,
as I will never forget you. You are with me wherever I look. I have your
ashes on your trophy case above your painting.
I think Moondoggie and Neener
miss you the most as you were special to both of them. Neener is always calling
and I think he is calling for you. If you get the chance, answer him to let
him know that you are still around.
My life, I know, will go
on but it will never be the same. ET, you and I were "ONE" and I feel
like half of me is now missing.
Watch over us and keep
us close to you. Show me that you never really left us, ET. Watch over the
others as I know they feel empty without you.
Rest well, my SWEET mare,
and know that I will always love you.