In late August of 2013, we bid farewell to a loving mother and companion, Pearl. When Pearl came to us in 2011, she was heavy with foal - a fact we did not realize due to her emaciated condition - until she surprised us early one morning with a beautiful filly in the pasture! She lived out her days with us in tranquility and happiness. She was always the most vocal at feeding time, squealing and knickering the entire way to her dinner. She was loved by all who knew her. Pearly was distinct in her beauty by showing one bright blue eye, and one brown. We lost her from chronic liver failure, which she fought from the day she arrived here.
My Handsome Beau
After months of extensive rehab, love, and affection (along with as much hay as his heart could desire) he began to make a wonderful turn around. His eyes grew bright, his coat grew shiney, and he once again resembled the horse he had once been. He and his girl loved nothing more than mozying around the pasture. He would let her ride him with nothing more than a rope halter and lead, although he didn't like to have anyone else on his back! He taught many people how to groom, clip, and wrap legs! It seemed as if his fairy-tale turned night-mare had finally come to a happy ending, and he was moved temporarily to a boarding stable in Owego, where he could be ridden and conditioned daily in a sand arena.
This is the story of a horse named Beau and his girl. The first day they met was June 21st, 2011, on a blistering hot day. It was love at first sight, and he came to Lone Acre shortly afterward. He was everything you could ask for in a horse, 16.2 hands of pure thoroughbred power. His personality was every bit as wonderful as his appearance, and he won over everyone he met with his antics. When his girl lost her job, he went to stay with a friend of the family. He was with them for ten months when he finally came home to his girl -- several hundred pounds underweight, and a mere shadow of the horse he had once been.
All was well for the first two weeks he was there, but then one Monday, everything went terribly wrong. Beau showed collicking symptoms, though he continued to have a strong appetite. He was brought back home where he could be with his girl 24/7.
He fought through his strange illness for a week, with daily visits from the vet, and all-night vigils, but when his pain became so severe that he could no longer stand, the devastating decision was made to put him to rest. It was finally determined that he developed cancerous ulcers that perforated his liver, causing organ failure. A replacement for a horse like him is impossible to find, and in losing him, his girl lost her best friend. He will forever be remembered in the hearts of all who had the privelege to know him.
Beau, before and after