I received a call yesterday that I have been dreading for a while. My little black Shetland pony Roo was very sick and it was time to put him down. For the past 2 years I have been battling heaves with this little fellow...a sort of horse asthma...he had it very bad. When I moved him to the new farm last summer the wonderful lady that cared for him got him back on his feet again .
He had been up and down but a new drug a week ago gave me hope that he might make it through the summer, but that did not happen. With the heat, humidity and his allergy issues he finally just could not breathe.
We owned him years ago and sent him with another horse to a farm to retire. I kept tabs on him all those years and when the farmer decided to sell the farm I brought Roo home. He was in his late 20's and had a good easy life. I'll miss the little devil but he struggled so hard to breathe it was time to let him go. Unfortunately when I heard he was so sick I told them to put him to sleep as soon as possible and not make him suffer a moment longer and not wait for me to see him. I had hoped to see him once more and say goodbye but it was not meant to be, the vet had just left when I got there.
I hate to make my blog sad but I felt Roo deserved a little write up. He will be missed by his horse buddy Nelson, his caretaker Lainie and her children, all the people who loved him at the farm, my niece Madison who I gave him to as a birthday gift and of course me.
Rest in peace little guy, hope you can take a deep breathe now....
Both these guys are gone now but I will always have some pictures to remember them by.