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KC Banner - March 30, 1972 - June 2, 2004

KC Banner
March 30, 1972 - June 2, 2004






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"My Old Gelding" has gone on to greener pastures

To 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.

Click here 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 page.

God Bless the horses,


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