It was obvious that Danny loved children and he was always willing to show them the love of a horse. Zara came with her grandparents hoping to get a chance to see some horses, her dreams came true when she got to ride Danny around the ranch with her grandfather at her side.
Each time our niece Alex would come to visit he was a favorite of hers to care for and ride. He was so very good with the children. Our four-legged babysitter.
He followed Alex everywhere!
Arthritic joints and the aches and pains of a 28 year old horse, Danny really started to slow down this year. Even with his pain meds we didn't think he could take another winter with those poor old joints. His eyes started to get hazy, possibly cataracts, making his sight more difficult and most recently he started to loose weight too. We took good care of his teeth and fed him complete feed so his body just wasn't processing the food like it should. He mostly just wanted to rest.
In an emergency many times you are forced to quickly make the decision to let them go to immediately relieve pain, but when it is not an emergency, making the decision is so very, very difficult. Our goal is for the equine here to not suffer or to have continued bad days. Danny got to the point where food didn't interest him and he would refuse to take his pain meds. He was telling me it was time, but I wasn't ready, I'm never truly ready because my mind reasons over my heart and it takes a while for my heart to catch up.
The barn and pasture seem so empty. His bucket, fly mask and halter reminders he is gone. Very thankful we were able to bury him at the ranch in a special place we picked for him long ago. He touched our lives with his antics, gentleness and love and he will be missed everyday. But I look to the heavens and know his soul is there with those that went before him, reunited with old friends.
RIP - Run in Paradise our beautiful friend. Until we meet again.
1988 to 8-16-16