This is Sugar. She was our 20 year old Arab mixed breed. She was a show horse. She loved to be in the spotlight, it was delightful to see. The last few months of 2013 Sugar kept getting colic. It was hard to watch her get sick, but she always bounced back.
Until one Sunday in December, when we learned that it wasn't colic she was suffering from, but kidneys stones.
These two kidney stones were just been recently pulled out of a yearling. I've had kidney stones and these were tiny little things that caused unbelievable pain. I can't imagine these huge things rolling around in poor little Sugar. There was no way she would ever pass them and they were blocking things making her very sick and miserable. She was also too old to have surgery.
It was decided it was time to say good bye. We had prepared ourselves that this might be the outcome, but when the veterinarian told us it was time tears still flowed freely. Sugar was Fred's horse, although all the big girls rode her. Fred loved her and smiled brightly as they would run barrels and show off. It was hard to watch her mourn and say goodbye to a friend.
I am so glad I was able to capture a few photos of these last moments together. Emotions are still a little tender, but as time goes on they will have a treasure of a beloved horse and all that they learned together.