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The loss of a best friend

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The loss of a best friend

When someone looses their horse to colic, old age, or an accident, its devastating. They have lost their best friend and a piece of their soul as well. There are no words to convey one's grief.
I remember when the beloved horse at our stable passed away. Her name was Jackie and she was 28 years old. She belonged to Diane the owner of the barn. Jackie died in her sleep. Our barn manager found her laying in the pasture. Sometime later the truck came to get Jackie. I was in the barn. I couldn't stand seeing Jackie loaded into the truck. Sitting in the barn, I noticed the horses in the pastures were dead still, the horses in the barn were restless. As the truck went past the pastures the horses, whinnied and something that sounded like screaming. It was like they were expressing their grief and saying good-bye to their beloved friend. When the truck passed the stable the horses did the same as horses in the pasture. It was the most powerful experience I've ever had being with horses. The horses in the pasture were frozen in place watching the truck leave the grounds. After that everything was eerily quiet.
Shortly after writing this entry I came across this article.
This experience has inspired me to make a drawing. Any horse owner will tell you that the death of a horse is like losing a part of your soul. This drawing illustrates the death of a horse by natural causes. The horse is laying on the ground as if asleep. Above the horse is his spirit entering into a horse heaven. He is greeted by a horse, to the left, welcoming him home. The drawing is available for sale as prints, mugs, t,-shirts, etc.