Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Beginnings

Its been so long since I caught up on blogging.......... Nates mare Quincy died the day before Mothers day from a freak accident. We had went riding and the next morning she was not right. She was sweaty and stiff and thrashing some. We gave her some medication and she looked better so we went fishing as planned. When we got home that evening(my mom checked on her several x during the day and said she looked fine) she was NOT fine at that point. She looked like she had went down shortly before we got there and had thrashed a lot of her mane off. She was in agony. I called vet after vet but being a holiday weekend, we couldn't get ahold of anyone. I left messages for 5 different vets though and we waited for a call back trying to make her comfortable. She passed fairly quickly(within about 15 minutes of us getting home) and a vet finally did call back but it was too late. After telling him what her symptoms were, he was certain she died from oleander poisoning. We went backtracking the trail we had ridden the day before and sure enough there were oleander on the side he was riding her on on the trail. :( Very sad life lesson. One leaf can kill a horse. The oils on your skin can kill you. DO NOT allow your kids or animals near this deadly stuff. So we said our good byes to his beautiful mare. We waited a bit and Nate was finally ready for a new horse. He got this beautiful new girl April. She will need some training but is so far very smart and catching on quick! :)

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