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Across the rainbow bridge with Hagrid
Rest in peace, sweet friends.
||16 year old
came to Crosswinds in June 2003 along with Hagrid
Diego had a horribly split hoof (shown above), so bad he could barely
it. He had been
an Amish plow horse until days before the sale, worked until he could
even walk forward on that hoof.
the next several months, the hoof was treated and allowed to grow out,
Diego is now sound on the hoof and it is slowly healing away. Diego is
sweet, gentle old man who just wants to please and go nice and easy
03 update: Diego's
hooves were expertly trimmed by well-known barefoot specialist Rick
Burten. Look at the difference now (the 4rd photo in the hoof
Photos are: day he arrived; after first trim, after 2nd trim, and then
third trim -- this time by a specialist.) (2004 -- his split is now
a small chip at the very base of his foot. It is essentially
Hagrid and Diego have enjoyed a liesurely winter at a foster farm, with
lots of grass, and wonderful spoiling! For the first time in their
boys were allowed to learn how to be horses, without human interference
than feeding and such!) As the weather improves, we look forward
to getting both boys back working and continuing improving their muscle
Hagrid and Diego have returned home, rested and happy. Diego's leg
have resolved 100% and the big guy is riding happily. The two boys are
a great pair to
ride together -- Diego quiet and easy for even a beginner with just the
Hagrid, more nervous, requires a more confident rider particularly
mounting, but is still sweet, gentle and well mannered while riding.
completed a 6 mile ride
yesterday! (3 miles each way to a friend's house.) We trotted more than
total, cantered about a half mile, and leisurely walked most of the
continues to be willing to 'hold back' and go as slowly or as quickly
rider asks when the horses ahead ride off without him. This is an
skill that most riding horses struggle to learn if ever at all! Diego
difficult at any point at all; he was even tolerant of Hagrid and
branching off and taking a totally different route, leaving Diego with
Merlin. Diego did call for Hagrid a few times, and did hurry a bit when
thought we were nearly home (actually nearly at the friend's house),
behavior was perfectly acceptable and he was a real joy to ride.
and Hagrid have moved to their new home about 10 miles from Crosswinds
with the Campbell family, wonderful folks who have been long term
supporters and who also adopted Louie, a black lab/pit puppy from
Crosswinds. Congrats, Campbells and even more so, congrats, H&D!
March 2006: Hagrid
and Diego, together, were euthanized and laid
to rest today. Both old men had heart trouble and numerous signs of
their advanced age and the tough lives they lead before coming to CWER.
Both had a wonderful 2 years with the Campbell family, and we could not
have been happier with their placement there. Both will be sorely
missed forever. Rest well, sweet friends. Rest well.