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In Loving Memory
« on: June 12, 2007, 04:31:55 PM »
A week ago Monday, I was outside with my kids, my daughter playing on her toddler slide while I held my baby boy. DH and my stepson arrived home from work, and we were greeting them home when I heard my husband utter, with some horror in his voice, "What's wrong with Vickie," as he took off in a dead run for the pasture. The horses, too, had been celebrating them home with a little romp. As I turned my head to see what it was he had seen - I saw my beloved old mare at a dead run, with something bouncing along her flank. It took only a moment to realize what it was, altho I didn't believe what I was seeing. As I ran, baby in my arms, for the pasture, DH yelled for me to call the vet. He caught up with my beautiful mare, hugged her neck and she halted. We then saw in full horror that it was true. Her ceceum and stomach were hanging out of her right flank.

We managed to get her to the front fence line before she finally went down in agony. Unfortunately, when she went down she did it on her right side and ruptured everything, the bleeding began in earnest - but she didn't bleed fast enough. Thirty minutes later when my vet arrived and gawked in horror at the scene (Vickie had been getting up and down and thrashing) she was still conscious and suffering greatly. I screamed for her to work up the last shot and hurry with it...seconds later Vickie's suffering was finally ended.

In her 30 years of practice, my emergency vet had never seen anything like this. The actual wound was no larger than a quarter - how her intestines spilled out is a mystery and seemingly impossible. Freak accident. Still, no comfort to me.

Our area is too dry for burrial, so her body is was picked up the following night.

This is the best horse I've ever had the priviledge of spending time with, my therapist and my friend. I already miss her tremedously.

Miss Vickie Love 1986 - June 4th, 2007
See ya up there, my friend...
Kate
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2007, 04:54:45 PM »
Oh Kate, I am so sorry for your loss, Miss Vickie will no doubt be waiting. Have you figured out how she was injured?
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2007, 12:27:49 AM »
 :tissue: Oh Kate I am so sorry for your loss, I know how you feel and its awful...just reading this brought back memories of Dancer when we had to put her down January a year ago...It broke my heart to do it but had now choice...I do know you will miss her Greatly as I do my Dancer...I tell he "HI" each time I wanlk into the pasture and I know she knew she was loved just like your Miss Vickie Love...again I am sooo Sorry...  :tissue:
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2007, 12:52:12 AM »
 i am sooo sorry Kate  :tissue:
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2007, 12:10:29 PM »
 :tissue: made me cry just reading this.
Kate so sorry you lost your girl.  :bawling:
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2007, 01:37:27 PM »
 :tissue: I am so sorry to hear you lost her. Hugs go out to you and hubby!!!!  :hug2_202:
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2007, 02:09:16 PM »
I've grieved a loss of a horse as well, my heart goes out to you, I'm so sorry!
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2007, 11:41:33 AM »
What a terrible tragedy!!   Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2007, 04:29:43 PM »
Thanks for your thoughts everyone.

To our best guess, they were running and Vickie may have fallen in front of Marcie, who is a Percheron, and on top of a stick or stone.  If Marcie trampled her accidentally, that would have created enough pressure to cause that injury.  Other than that, we draw a blank.  There are no tell tale signs in the pasture.

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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2007, 07:41:13 PM »
Please know how sorry I am for you and also your family.
My prayer for you is blessings and many great memories.
Hugs,
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Re: In Loving Memory
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2007, 10:59:21 AM »
Obviously I missed this post earlier.  I'm so sorry to hear about your horse.  What a terrible tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. 
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