The last thing we'd want to do is start the New Year off with sad news, but we try very hard to look for the good in situations that happen here. The reality is that in many ways it is the horses themselves that run the farm. They seem to have a flow that we cannot control, and while we don’t understand what happens, often the horses do. Such is the case with Blue.
Sadly, we lost Blue earlier in December. He suddenly stopped eating, and we tried everything possible to figure out why. We treated him with antibiotics for an infection, we ran IV fluids for several days, and we tried other medications in hopes of getting him to eat. However, he would not eat, and his blood work continued to deteriorate. He was in kidney failure. The vet decided it must be cancer, and perhaps he had a tumor on his spleen. We did an ultra-sound on his belly, and found free flowing fluid which ended up being blood. We had no choice but to put him down. We were truly devastated. To lose a horse that had suffered so much and come such a far way is more painful than can be imagined.
However, remembering how the horses seem aware in ways that we are not, five days later we were called on a horse in an unusual and tragic situation. Five days earlier, we would have no space for him. But when Blue, a sweet and gentle old soul, left us, he also left his paddock gate open, so Silas, a gelding with literally nowhere to go, could be saved.
You can read about Blue when he first came to Mylestone, his progress, or more about his history. Blue was an eminently kind horse, and left us offering the kindest gift of all - the gift of life to another horse in need. So long, Blue. We'll never forget you.