Thursday, March 3, 2011

In Memory of Blackjack


Blackjack was a resident of our barn for a number of years, and moved to a retirement home in Kentucky last fall.  We just heard that he had to be euthanized this morning - he was fine yesterday evening and at late-night bed-check but down and unable to rise this morning.  The vet came right away and determined that he likely had an enterolith that had migrated from his large colon to his small colon, producing an obstruction.  The only treatment for this is surgery, but Blackjack was in his early 30s.  His owner made the decision to euthanize him and he will be buried on the farm's property.

We are glad to have had the opportunity to know him - he was a very sweet, kind horse and will be much missed.

26 comments:

  1. RIP cute buddy. Thats sad, I hope you are doing ok.

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  2. So,so sorry to hear this Kate. Always sad to greet our dear Equine friends forever..

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  3. Sad news. Blackjack looks like a kind horse. His owner obviously loved him and he had a happy, long and, until this morning, healthy life. He's no longer in pain. RIP Blackjack.

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  4. Very sorry to hear this Kate. Please pass my condolences on to Black Jacks owners.

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  5. So sad to lose our equine friends... he looks like a sweet fellow.

    I'm sure he'll be missed.

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  6. Every time I hear of a horse passing on, I always feel a loss. I was so sad to hear about BlackJack.

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  7. Jingles to his family. He looks like he was a Grand Old Man.

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  8. Over thrity with an enterolith, Blackjack must have been a horse with great heart. Condolences to his owners and friends.

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  9. He looks like a sweet, sweet old man. RIP.

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  10. awww... R.I.P BlackJack. He looks like such a sweetie

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  11. Glad he was able to retire in the blue grass. Sweet boy....

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  12. It is always sad to say goodbye to a good friend. His owner did the best for him. Please extend my sympathy.

    RIP, Blackjack.

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  13. A long, wonderful life with a kind ending. If only all owners were as thoughtful and conscious of their old friends' needs as Blackjacks were.

    Godspeed old man.

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  14. There is a special place in Heaven for horses like Blackjack. I know he will meet many old friends there.

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  15. Poor Blackjack but his owner made the right decision. He will be missed by all who knew him, he seems like he was a wonderful horse. Loved by many and never to be forgotten.

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  16. The hardest and kindest decision we can make for those who can't speak for themselves... I know all that knew him must be extremely saddened. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him.

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  17. This makes me so sad, he was such a cutie. He was loved and cared for to the end and no horse can ask for more than that. RIP Blackjack.

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  18. I am so sorry but glad he spent his last days in retirement in Kentucky. The photo of him in the grass looks like he was happy!

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  19. :*( RIP Black Jack. At least he was happy. Everyone will see him waiting on the Rainbow Bridge one day.

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  20. I'm so sorry to hear this, Kate. RIP Blackjack!

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  21. So sad. He was such a cutie. RIP Blackjack.

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  22. Oh my goodness. What a long and good life he had. It is always hard, but I'm glad to hear everyone did right by him.

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  23. He looks like a sweetheart in his picture. I'm sorry.

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