It’s official, Billy is out to pasture

Billy gets to start the rest of his life

Billy gets to start the rest of his life

Well, we fixed the injury we set out to fix–so said the ultrasound today. But in the meantime another condition cropped up which really has no fix, so my best friend of over eight years gets to start a new life and just hang out and be a horse. I’m going to arrange for him to live in a place that lets him graze and play in a pasture 24/7 (barring bad weather) with some equine companions–something I doubt that he’s been able to do since he was a little colt. His condition will continue to deteriorate–at what rate we don’t know–but for now he gets along just fine as long as he doesn’t have to schlepp a rider around on his back.

I cried, and the boyfriend cried with me–but basically those were selfish tears for my own loss of daily companionship and adventure. I’m sure Billy won’t think twice about missing me once he gets used to his new freedom. And that’s what caring for an animal is really about–the animal’s happiness!

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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4 Responses to It’s official, Billy is out to pasture

  1. Sue Steiner says:

    Oh Alli I am so sorry. Is this related to the injury in the stall just a few days ago? Oh this is the hard part of having horses but you are a wonderful, thoughtful owner.

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  2. Alli Farkas says:

    Sue, it’s not really related to the stall injury, although the fact that he is likely to fall again played a part in my decision. We knew from the previous ultrasound on his leg that while the torn ligament was healing nicely, there was a problem with mineralization in the suspensory branches. With the ultrasound we did yesterday, we could see that the mineralization was advancing and that the lateral branch of the suspensory was significantly larger than it was four weeks ago. So what that all comes down to is that the suspensory is degenerating a few fibers at a time, and it’s not going to come back. If you saw Billy go around at liberty, you would barely notice anything was wrong. But put a rider on him, and he is obviously struggling. We blocked the fetlock in question and there was a significant improvement–which means his back, which probably got torqued when he fell– was not a very big player in the total picture. So I’m hoping he’ll be happy being an ordinary horse, mainly because he is a horse who likes to work and likes a schedule. He’s the kind who grabs for the bit when you bring the bridle out. So hopefully he’ll figure out that eating and lolling about all day is also a good thing!

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  3. megan says:

    Allie! i am so sorry. what a gorgeous horse! he will enjoy some sun and a gorgeous fall! you are a great mama!!! xo – miss you – megan morris

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