My beloved horse doesn't hurt anymore. He's not stiff and his back hip works the way it should. He's head of the herd again and can part the waters by laying his ears back. And he can gallop the hills of the pasture with mane flying.
It was time to say good-bye today and my heart is breaking. We've been companions for 24 of his 30 years. He was my first horse and he may be my last. Two other horses have taught me lessons about riding and when its time to let go of an unhealthy partnership, but Natural gave me the best gift -- love, friendship, and trust.
Of course I was there today to tell him it was OK and that I knew he was tired. He has leaned on me in the past few months to help him and I know he trusted me. I hope I was able to reassure him.
He was my "love potato" and somehow the world doesn't seem right without him in it.