Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Goodbye to Woozle


It is with great personal sadness and grief that I and Mark mourn the passing of our dear 'Woozle', who at 35 yrs young, was still full of good nature and sweet disposition, tinged with a good sense of horse humour. She maintained a happy aspect to the last, her back legs just weakened, making it difficult for her to move about safely, fearing that she would have a fall and damage herself badly, she was sent to sleep this evening after her favourite teatime feed, carrots, hand feeding of grass and much grooming and petting.
I stayed with her throughout smoothing her neck and talking to her.

7/8 Thoroughbred cross Irish Hunter, Bay Mare, she and I used to compete in Eventing together, She was very brave and bold, and beautifully mannered in and out of the Stable, and a firm favouite with the small children at the playschool next to one of her turnout fields.
Her name 'Wednesday's Choice',came about because she was bought at the Hereford Bloodstock Sales on the Wednesday Sale Day.
Her Stable name is 'Woozle' from the Winnie the Pooh Story about hunting the woozle.

28 comments:

sue said...

So sorry to hear your news ... but what a wonderful age she lived to. My mare is just 25 years young and I can only hope that her 'passing' is as peaceful and dignified as Woozle's.

I'm sure you have many happy memories to help ease the pain.

Danielle Barlow said...

Oh Linda, I'm so sorry for you - I know how important she was to you :(
35 is a very impressive age for a big horse - a testament to your care and devotion to her.

Danielle xx

DEB said...

I'm so sad to hear of your loss Linda. I know your horses are like family to you.

Carol Anne Strange said...

So sad for your loss, Linda, but I'm sure you will be comforted by such wonderful memories, and will feel her spirit presence in times to come. xx

Kathleen said...

So sorry to hear about Woozle - but glad that she had you for all those years! Blessings to you.

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

I know there are no words and I'm so sorry to learn of Woozle's passing. She was a stunner and what a wonderfully long and full life she had.
Blessings to ye.

artbyakiko said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Linda! Woozle must be in good shape now and watching over you.
Big hugs, Akiko

DeLaRenaissance said...

Oh Linda, I am so very sorry. I do know how very much Woozle was a part of you. How very lucky she was to have found such a beautiful loving person to share life with her into a grand old age.

Hugs,
Dale Ann ~ xxx

Dors said...

Sorry to hear the sad news of Woozle's passing. What a great age and a wonderful life. Keep the good memories close.
Hugs
Dors.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I'm so sorry Linda, my heart aches for you. I know how difficult it is to lose a loved one no matter the age. I know she will live forever within your hearts with all your wonderful memories. Her spirit will watch over you both in the years to come.

Blessings~Gail

MarZel said...

Wow!! That is huge. Sending you healing vibes through your transition.

Blessings

Celtic Cat said...

My heart goes out to you in your loss of a beloved animal friend!

Hugs going your way!

Annette F Tait said...

so very sad to hear about Woozle and I know words aren't much comfort, but a life lived full of love and sharing and great memories is the best life and I can see that she had that with you Linda :)
warmest wishes, Annette xxx

Spirit Horse Studios said...

I'm so sorry. I know your pain all to well...lost my childhood horse and best friend a few years back, also lost my blm mustang winter before last to old age. The pain doesn't go away but they are always with us in spirit and in heart.

Linda said...

Thank you all for your caring thoughts and wishes, so appreciated. Linda x

mermaiden said...

blessings through sadness. isn't she lucky you cared so much to ensure she would not suffer :]

Meghann LittleStudio said...

I'm very sorry you lost such a great companion, but I know she is thanking you for letting her go when you did - so many people wait until their companions have little quality of life - you made her years special and healthy and happy, she is nickering her thanks to you from heaven now :)

Donna said...

Dear Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about your dear horse. It sounds like she was very special to you.

Thanks so much for dropping by my sewing blog. I've been neglecting it this summer as there has been so much non-sewing to do, but really was blessed by your comment.

Micki said...

I am so sorry about your horse.I can see how much she meant to you. Joe and I feed carrots to a wonderful horse called Coco and he loves when he visit him each day.
My heart goes out to you!
Micki

Linda said...

Thank You. Linda x

Anne Marie said...

oh....I'm so sorry for your loss....

and I agree with you...bare back sure does help with the balance! especially since Jordan is 1/2 percheron and 1/2 thoroughbred - at 16 hands....she is quite intimidating!

Abi said...

OMG - I am so sorry you have had to loose a special friend. Heart breaking, and I must say 35 - what a terrific age to have reached - through your love and care I am sure :O)

jana said...

Oh, Linda!! I am so very, very sorry for your loss!! Woozle was such a grand lady -- and I know how much you and Mark loved her.

Even at 35, which is a tremendous amount of time for a horse to live, I know that you are NEVER really ready to let them go.

You both are in my thoughts and prayers!!

Much love and BIG (((HUGS)))

jana

Linda said...

Thank you. Lindaxx

Blackfeatherfarm said...

When the sorrow subsides a bit, the beautiful memories will take its place. They may gone from earthly sight, but they are always held tightly in our hearts.

Hugs and understanding.....

Tracey

* Lavinia* said...

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one- heavens stars shine just a bit brighter now until you reach the rainbow bridge to join your beloved furriend.

Erica Lea said...

As you can tell, Linda, I'm really behind on my blog reading. However, I can't let this post go by without saying how sorry I am for your loss. I know how hard it is, and that words are never good enough. It sounds like Woozle had the very best of homes, though, to have lived to such a grand old age. She was beautiful, and must have been a powerful riding horse in her day...

Lori Skoog said...

Sorry to read about losing Woozle. What a beautiful girl. You must have given her a great life, making it to 35.

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