|This isn't Dusty but he looked similar to this horse|
Yesterday my daughter Sherry, had to have her horse Dusty put down. Dusty was a Pure Bred Arabian, and came from Wayne Newton's Arabians. He has been suffering with arthritis and the joints in his legs had big knots on them and just recently caused him to founder. He could hardly walk around and has steadily gotten worse. He gave Sherry many days of joy and was feisty and full of life in his younger days. Sherry rode him most of the time until a few years ago. He would stumble with her and she was afraid of getting hurt. She knew something was wrong and had the vet look at him. That is when they discovered he had arthritis and Sherry would not be able to ride him any longer.
She has another horse Ami, and Sherry rode her and took Dusty along. If Sherry didn't take Dusty with her on the rides, he would throw a fit and run up and down the corral until Sherry got back. He couldn't stand to
have Ami out of his sight. So it is good that he went ahead of her.
After Dusty was gone, Ami was at the gate and was swaying back and forth, until Sherry took her out to brush her and get her ready to be moved to a new pasture. Sherry said as soon as she got Ami over by the hay stack, and was brushing her, she calmed down. Sherry thought that Dusty was there to comfort Ami.
Ami has a seven year old mare named Bella who has been in a different pasture and the two of them have been reunited. They were so happy to see each other. I am sure this will help Ami with the loss of her companion, Dusty.
I didn't think that losing Dusty would affect me so much, but I have lived in Sherry's home a couple of times and have taken care of the horses while Sherry was at work. When we moved into one of our rentals, Sherry would drop by with the horses on her way back home from a ride. Ami and Dusty knew that Grandma would have a carrot or an apple for them and they knew the routine of where to stop. Sherry has had the horses for over seventeen years. It is so hard to lose pets, so yes I had a good cry yesterday when I heard that Dusty had been put down, and I told Sherry that is why I don't want any pets because it is too hard to lose them.