To Our Little
You gave us so much love,
affection, laughs and smiles.
In 2007 you developed high ringbone, which we managed with a daily sachet
of bute. You lived a happy retirement in the field with your friends. But
then you fell lame again, this time on your other leg. We tried box rest
as laminitis was diagnosed. After 4 weeks of staying in, instead of improving,
you became more sore, so the vet came and x-rayed you. Both the vet and I
were shocked at the development of the laminitis, your pedal bone had sunk
to the sole of your hoof. I talked for a long time with the vet. He
suspected the laminitis was because of equine metabolic syndrome, not grass.
Unfortunately, there was nothing more we could do to help you. We spent an
agonizing weekend talking about you, but on the vet's advice, as you were
in pain, we agreed to free you from your pain.
We had the week to pamper
and spoil you (even though you pretended not to enjoy it!). When the day
came, we had such sadness in our hearts, your pain was to stop but the pain
of losing you for us had begun. You had everything you were not allowed!
A net of juicy hay, a feed with lots of carrots and apples, your horse ball
full to the brim of treats to play with.
We had set you free to gallop
out of pain. We will miss you with all of our hearts each and every day,
Princess, and we will never forget you. Life without you has left
a huge gap. I know your horse friends, Ricky and Jingles, will miss you,
Ricky especially as you were his lady, please watch over them and
Run free Kinny, we love
you and miss you so much.
Love and Hugs,
Clare, Dani and your horse family, Ricky and Jingles