We lost a real love of a horse tonight, and I'm feeling especially devastated. Chip was a great old man, our beloved mascot for the past year, and deserved a better retirement than the one he got. At least we were able to make his last few months comfortable! He loved getting attention, and thrived as a model for the animal reiki program and vet tech program that come out to the rescue to practice. He also got lots of love from all the volunteers, and enjoyed turn-out every day with a couple other old boys.
The hardest part is going to be tomorrow, when I go out to feed. Six hours from now I'll be trying to ignore his body in the barn aisle while life goes on all around. He always greeted me with a happy nicker in the mornings, and it will feel empty without his living presence. Thank you for all your love, Chippers! You will be greatly missed!
His full rescue story is on our blog if you're interested: http://horseprotectionleague.blogspot.com/2011/01/meet-chip.html