Sunday, July 10, 2011


This week we said a very tearful goodbye to one of our precious mares, Dotty.
She suffered a twisted intestine and we had to have her euthanized.
This is a hard loss for me. Dotty is one of he last colts that I bred and raised when I was showing and breeding horses. I owned her beautiful sire his name was Unequalled and I owned her dam, her name was Dunny.

After my daughter in-law (Christine) died 6 years ago and I went back to being a full time mom and I sold most of my breeding horses. Running a breeding operation is a full time job, so is being a mom.

I kept Dotty because she was such a nice mare. She became my daughter in-law's (Jana) horse and has been such a sweet heart of a mare to own. Jana had Dotty bred and she gave birth to Bella three years ago. Bella is still Jana's and she too is very sweet. (I'm glad Jana still has Bella) Dotty was the best mother horse I had ever seen, she really loved her filly.  She protected her and would run any other horse off in the pasture if they got too close to Bella.  Dotty loved the barn and loved to be in her stall at night. She was born in my barn and she died in my barn. She will be sorely missed!

Thank you to my Lord for entrusting these wonderful creatures to my care.
Thank you to Jen the vet that came out at midnight and helped us,
Thank you to the Bishops, neighbors that I called on for help until the vet got here...wonderful people!, better neighbors could not be found.
Thank you to my son Wayne for taking off work to come and dig the whole out in the pasture where we buried Dotty. It was not the most pleasant job but he cowboyed up and got the job done.
Thank you Wayne! 
Last but not least thank you also to my husband who has been so good to me over the years by lavishly blessing me with these horses. Keeping horses is not cheap.

I could have missed the pain but I would have had to miss the dance.
Goodbye my beautiful Dotty, I really did love you!   RUN FREE


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Aw....death is the hardest thing about keeping pets. They really do become a part of the family, don't they? You have precious memories (and photos)to remind you of those good times....

Leontien said...

oh i am so sorry to hear about your beloved Dotty! I know she is in a good place now but that doesn't help with the "missing her" part.

good memories and pics are a good remember her by yes.


Paula said...

I'm so sorry, Susan... she was a beautiful creature.
This part of having animals is never easy, is it? It truly is saying goodbye to a member of the family!

Susan said...

Thanks everyone, it is hard to say goodbye to these animals...they really are part of the family