Monday, July 15, 2013

Glory of Philea West, 4/22/88 - 7/15/13

Glory, grazing in the morning fog.  The last 2 years she's had the run of the farm and loved it.

 It is with deep sadness that I write this blog entry.  Glory of Philea West, a foundation mare of the American Bashkir Curly Registry, and one of the mares carrying the Fredell bloodline, passed away this morning. 

Glory came to us back in 2003.  We purchased her as a riding horse only to learn that she had a rather bad lumbar.  Due to the pain there, and after consultation with the equine chiropractor and our trainer, we chose to “retire” her.  She birthed two gorgeous boys, both by our stallion Beau, for us – GMC Yukon Jack and GMC Coyote Bill.  She raised them well and went on to be nanny to subsequent foals born at our farm.

Glo's "stall", under the porch by the cellar door.
In the spring of 2011 we discovered she had developed Cushings, a syndrome caused by a tumor on the Pituitary Gland.  Although she responded well initially, over the ensuing years she slowly declined until this year when we began battling various infections.  We would get one cleared only to have another pop up.

After much soul-searching we chose to let her soul be released from her failing body.  Arriving at this decision was not easy and we will miss her more than we could ever begin to express.

Always we will remember her nickers and ‘kisses’.  How she would search your pockets for treats; her love of apples, carrots, and mints – especially those soft ones by Bob’s Mints; they were her favorite.  To the end she was kind, loving, and sweet, but not without her own opinions.

Please celebrate her life, and our love for her, by spending a bit of extra time with your equine friends today.
Licking the hand that fed her cookies :)

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