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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

Well, I had a chat with the vet today about my old lady, Queenie.  We agreed it's time to think about having her put to sleep.  I'm going to give her the best week or so of her life first though.

She's an ancient gypsy cob who came to me 2 and half years ago in apalling condition.  In fact, she and Noah (they came together) were so bad the vet gave them a month to live!  Neither had seen the farrier for at least a year, they were wormy and thin and had mites and mud fever that hadn't been treated.  In fact, it just has to drizzle and the mud fever rears it's ugly head again.

Both horses were totally shut down but Queenie was especially mistrustful and so terrified of water that I had to sedate her to wash and clip her incredibly hairy legs to see what we were dealing with.

After spending nearly £1000 on vets' fees in the first year I trained in applied zoopharmacognosy and then we began to see a real difference.  These days she is the boss of the boys and will happily stand to have a foot spa!

Sadly though, she is so arthritic that she has to be kept on level ground and can't be stabled.  Unfortunately the only level ground where I live floods so I have to move the horses and it's just not fair to move her so we're going to let her go with some dignity.

Sorry for the long post, just wanted to get it off my chest!

Here's a picture of her in her younger days, beautiful mare.

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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

The date's booked - the vet's coming on Friday for Queenie. 

I was feeling quite positive about it because I know it's the best thing for her, but yesterday I took her for a little walk so she could munch the hedgerows up the lane.  I left the 2 boys together in the field but Noah went nuts.  It really surprised me, he's so chilled normally.  He splashed through the river dividing my fields to follow us as far as he could, that's not unusual, but when we were coming back over the bridge I could hear him go into the river and he seemed to be splashing around forever and then he appeared on the other side of the bridge - swimming!  The river suddenly drops away on the other side and is apparently deep enough for a 17.2hh shire to swim in!

It was beautiful to watch but he was so distressed when she went for a little wander up the lane that I'm a little worried about him when she 'goes'.  When Munchie went away to be re-trained, Queenie and Noah had to go stay in a new field for a while and they both went downhill really fast.

Damn it, why does money have to spoil everything?  My aunt lives in France and her local farmer actually pays her to graze her horses in his field!

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

I know how hard it is to loose a horse. When the time comes let your other horses sniff her so they know that she has gone. I was worried how Danser would cope on her own when i lost her mum but she had a wonder over to her and she knew that Bramble had gone.

Will be thinking about you on Friday.

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rach82

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rach82 says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

Sounds like Queenie has had a great few years of her life and you should be proud of yourself for giving her that. Well done you xx

Hope you have the best week ever!

Lots of hugsxxxx

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SaganLover

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SaganLover says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

 awrh, feel so sorry for you! It's such a hard decision to make, but once you have made it, all you can do is think you have done the very best for her! You've gave her a loving home, and tried your best to make her better, so i'm sure she's grateful that you cared for her! Be thinking of you both! Stay strong xx

~Horses<3Forever~

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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

Queenie passed away peacefully this afternoon.  She had a lovely week and must've eaten her body weight in polos.  Yesterday I took her to the pub.  She wasn't too keen on cider, orange juice, guiness or coke but absolutely loved plain crisps!

The vet was brilliant today, and so was the cremation lady.  The boys miss her terribly. 

Thanks for all your kind comments

xx

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

Sorry to hear that the day arrived today. Just re,ember that you did what you had to for her. It is the hardest part of ownung animals and it the mark of a good owner to not let their animals suffer.My heart goes out to you as i know how you are feeling.

. .A horse is a thing of such beauty. . .none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor. ~Xenophon https://www.facebook.com/browbandsandbracelets

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equi

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equi says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

 RIP Queenie, run free x

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Ben's Mum

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Ben's Mum says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

So sorry to hear that you've lost Queenie.  She sounds like she's had a very happy time with you.  I read your post last weekend and have been thinking about you both this week.

Take care of yourself and the boys.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

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highlander

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highlander says:

Re: It's time to let Queenie bow out gracefully

I'm sorry to here you lost her, remember she is with you through years to come through your memories and what you did together. The distress goes calm down and the best thing I found is not to change anything.

It has been calculated thay any two thoroughbreds picked at random will on average have more than 13% of their genes in common.

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