“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France
Today I was both greatly honored and deeply saddened as I, along with other friends, supported our dear friend Nicole as she walked the longest walk any horse owner will ever know. After a year of tireless efforts to heal her beloved horse Ben’s injured tendon sheath, Nicole was advised by the veterinarian that the most humane path for Ben would be euthanization. This is undoubtedly the most difficult and unselfish act an animal lover is forced to make.
This is a difficult post to write because as much as I want to convey the tragic loss of a promising horse, I want to celebrate the life of one of the finest characters in a horse I have ever known. As much as I want to console my friend, as she lost her companion after a year of daily hand walking and bandaging a stallbound three-year old; I want to show my amazement at how she always did these tasks without complaining, in fact turned them into workout opportunities. As much as I know that he was bound to be a champion in the competition arena, I know that for the time he was here he had as many admirers and as much love as any Olympian alive.
My humble words cannot describe the admiration I had for this gentle, loving horse. I hope he understood this before he left us. I know he knew how much Nicole loved him, we could all see that. Today was a difficult day, the walk was long and sad but I was honored to know this noble horse. Sleep well tonight Ben and wake to green pastures. We will always love and remember you.