(*Disclaimer- most of this post was written earlier, I knew I couldn't do it all today)
Today we said good bye to the best red head I've had the privilege of knowing.
|he had the most handsome head|
I've had Irish since 2003. In all the ways that matter I have been the only person for his entire life. When we moved to our farm I promised him that that would be his last move.
Irish was always the sweetest horse. When he was young he loved to buck. He still is the horse that threw me off the most. And no one was more upset when I came off than he was.
|he always looked so innocent|
When he was older he was the safest horse I've ever known. I could put anyone on him and he would do his best to keep them safe and happy. If he didn't think that they could trot yet he wouldn't. It was hilarious to watch.
|he adored children|
|and being on the trail|
|the most boopable snoot|
|he always looked so handsome in the fall|
|these three are gone but still hold a piece of my heart|
During his passing, the horses were quiet but as he left Carmen began to call and call and call. Julia, Caelen and I brought Quaid and Carmen down to see him. As soon as Carmen came out of the barn she knew. She would walk a little, settle, walk a little closer. Both of them touched his muzzle.
When they seemed settled I put them in the barn until Ed put Irish's body in the grave. We then led them out to the field and let them go. At first it was quiet and then Quaid came down to the corner close by the grave and began to call. Carmen watched but stayed away. I walked down to him and she followed. We all stood there looking at the grave.
|don't tell me horses don't grieve|
They settled and then Carmen began to run and call and run and call. I walked up to her and she ran a little more but called. I know she's grieving. I just told her that it was hard and that was okay. I stood and breathed and we all stayed quiet and she calmed down.
The next little while will be a big adjustment. It's okay to grieve- he was a grand horse and deserved it. He passed without pain or trauma, surrounded by so much love. We all should be so fortunate.
Irish Gold - May 2000-October 2022
|God Speed my love, until I see you again|