Anyway! Back to my point. So I love my girls. Roxy and Dolly will be with me until the day that they munch on their last bit of hay, receive their last pet, and get that final kiss on their noses. This does not mean that I will extend their life longer then they are comfortable. I recently read a quote that really resonated with me.
"Horses are not afraid of death, they are afraid of suffering."How perfectly honest is that? I often see owners keeping their beloved horses alive well past their prime. So far past their prime that they are suffering. Their quality of life isn't good, and they are depressed and in pain.
So I made a promise to my girls. Dolly is already 19, and she has been such an excellent horse her entire life. Even though the mare despises me, I appreciate her, and respect the old girl. Dolly has more then earned her keep. Dolly will never have another owner. She is worth her weight in gold, and will be myself and my mother's care for the rest of her comfortable life.
Roxy is young, she is almost 10. Much older then I remember, considering a first met her when she was 4 1/2. I've had the sweet mare almost 5 years, and in those five years she has taught me such an incredible amount. I love my little dun mare more then anything in the world. If I found out tomorrow that she would never be ride able again (but would be pain free) she would be the most doted on and loved mare in the whole world.
How many of you have been able to truly make this promise? To give your horses a forever home for the entire remainder of their life? That means not sending them off to pasture when they are too lame to ride, and it also includes prolonging in their life when they are uncomfortable. How many of you love your horses that much?