Once again, I am taking to my blog to post sad news. After spending a wonderful winter together, we lost Jordan's new horse, Allie, to what appears to be an aortic aneurism this past Monday. She started acting a little mopey on Monday, and when Karin went to bring her out to hand walk her, she threw her head up and started shaking it and dropped to the ground dead. So sudden and unexpected, and not what you'd expect to happen to a healthy 6 year-old horse.
My heart breaks for Jordan - she has had so much loss in the past 6 months. First Dolly in October, then my mother-in-law on New Year's Eve, and now Allie. Jordan was looking forward to their first show together, and is heartbroken to lose her very first horse. I hate to see my sweet girl hurting like this - she broke down when we went to the barn on Wed. and she saw Allie's empty stall with her halter hanging by it. We brought the halter home for safekeeping, and I will be sending some of Allie's tail hair off for a bracelet so she will always have Allie with her. I've told Jordan that God has a plan for her - it's hard to see it right now, but there is a plan in all of this. We will bury Allie on the hill next to Dolly, and we plan to plant a butterfly bush on her grave so that there will always be flowers and butterflies where she and Dolly are.
In the meantime, Jordan does have something to show. Karin has partnered her with Red Handed, a 5-gaited Pleasure gelding. They've actually had their first show together, after only 1 1/2 weeks of working as a team. They looked super-cute, but had some troubles with the canter last night - they show back tonight, so we'll see how they do. Next stop for them will be Bonnie Blue.