Today was a terrible day which none of us were prepared for as we had to say goodbye to our gentle giant, Penny. Although she had become increasingly lame on her arthritic knee over the past few months and it distressed us to see her so uncomfortable, we were working along with our vets to find the best way for her to live as pain free existence as possible.
We tried different painkillers and alternative therapies and investigated what was going on inside her knee by scanning it. We fed her strong supplements and herbs and she wore her magnetic boots to try and ease the pain. Eventually as everything that we tried seemed to fail it was decided that Penny should go to the veterinary centre with specialist equipment so that she could be x-rayed to see if steroid injections were an option. Everyone including the vets were shocked to see what appeared on the x-ray as her arthritis was so severe that the vets recommended Penny be put to sleep to avoid further suffering. There was also the risk that her knee could fracture any time in the near future due to how weak it was and all the pressure that Penny’s weight was placing on it.
We are all devastated and heartbroken that we could do nothing more to help fix Penny’s bad leg, apart from the old injury in her knee she was a healthy, beautiful and gentle horse who was loved by everyone. It is frustrating knowing that if she had received proper treatment when she was young and she first injured it than she would probably still be with us today. She is already missed by her neighbour Willow, who always pretended she didn’t particularly like Penny but would then get really upset and refuse to go to bed if she wasn’t already next door at tea time.
Penny was always a bit of a loner since her friend Bracken died a few years ago and would often look into her old stable to see if she was still around, even several years later. We hope that now she has gone to greet Bracken and they are wandering together among the buttercups ,just like they are in our old photographs of them together from many summers ago.
We will miss her banging on her stable door every morning for her breakfast and miss seeing her bonny face waiting for us.
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