June 2, 2004
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March 30, 1972 - June 2, 2004
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them from racetrack to a new career in the show ring, fox hunting
"My Old Gelding" has gone on to greener pastures
all the "Friends of Bits & Bytes Farm",
It is with sadness that we report that
"My Old Gelding" Banner has passed away today.
This morning as we were bringing in the
horses for breakfast, I instantly knew something was wrong.
Chocolate Chips came in first, followed by Big Money and then
Fort Mason. Banner is always the first in, with Chips keeping
the others back. This morning, Banner walked slowly to the door.
He was in so much pain that he was trembling
and his lips were pinched. I gave him Banamine. The Banamine
lasted only 30 minutes, long enough for Dr. Lori Wyatt to arrive.
Dr. Lori gave him something stronger and fluids. The pain came
back after 10 minutes. He broke out into a sweat and the was
trembling worse. It may have been a growth in his intestines
as often happens with older horses that look the way he did.
Nothing helped. We made the tough decision that it was time
to put him down.
Banner will be missed greatly. We bought
the farm so that Banner would have a place where he would be
well cared for in his retirement. Now many other horses get
the same opportunity to retire from the track thanks to Banner.
His dad, who was my first Thoroughbred off-the-track, taught
me how loving off-the-track horses can be. Banner lived a rich
and full life and I am glad that we were able to cut his suffering
down to just a few hours.
to see Banner's photos and to read the poem "My Old Gelding"
that we published in honor of Banner's 32nd birthday this year.
If Banner's story touches your life as
it has mine, open up your heart to getting a Thoroughbred off-the-track.
If you can't do this consider a donation to the worthy charities
that save these horses from a less pleasant death in the slaughter
house. Links to rescue groups can be found on our links
God Bless the horses,
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call us to discuss which horse might be the best match for you based
on riding skill, experience and equine personality. We do not send
out videos because it is important to match the personality of the
horse with the personality of the rider. We are matchmakers, not horse
brokers. We have horses in a wide price range. Call us
to discuss prices or to schedule an appointment. We'd
love to have you come meet all of our horses--we know that it will
be worth your time. Just bring peppermints!
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