~ Updates ~
I just realized how long it has been since I caught everyone up on our news. It has been a rough horse year for us. One filled with great loss and much heartache.
I must first thank everyone who has reached out to us during this tough year. We so very much appreciate your love and kindness! So many special friends! Thank you!
As of my last post here, we had lost Pin Up's filly. Sadly we, also, lost Pin Up a couple of months later. Her old injury and the rough foaling
got the best of her. Her quality of life was gone...she was ready to go. Letting her go was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. She was so special to me.
Such a sweet and grand mare. But, no matter how it hurt my heart, it was the right thing to do. Let her go. Goodbye sweet Pin Up.
And then to add even further pain to the mix, we devastatingly lost our stallion Woodstock Sunny McZip (aka "Zip") in October. He was only a little off his feed.
Nothing major. I took him in to see what was ailing him, and several hours later he was dead. The necropsy showed he had a rare cancer and it had taken over
his liver. It was surreal to lose him in such a way. He was so stoic to the very end! So very hard to believe (by all outward signs) that he was in his last few
hours. He is so very very missed! I still cannot believe he is gone. I still look for him at the barn and in his pasture and then, again, remember he is no longer with us,
here. I hope to someday write a book about the adventures I had with that amazing horse. He was more than just a horse, for sure! I look forward
to the day when we meet again. I know he'll be waiting for me at the gates.
As we gear up for the Thanksgiving holiday I am reminded, even in the face of all our losses, how blessed we are. There is always good in everything...even the worst things.
I force myself to look for the good, even when my strength is nearly gone and I want to curl up in a ball and cry. I look to the heavens, I say "Thank you", for I know a blessing is
just around the corner. I am thankful for the relationships in my life and for the time we have together. We never know how much time we have with each other.
Live and love in a big way, right now!
Many blessings to you all! ((((((((hugs))))))))