Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Riding the Sky

To ride a horse is to ride the sky. 
       Author Unknown

Mr. Tennis and Maddy experienced riding the sky on the very special Tiarra --
a beautiful brown Arabian.

Tiarra always took great care of my special riders,
and I am so grateful to her for that.
Mr. Tennis said she was a much better horse than he was a rider!

Recently, she was diagnosed with laminitis -
a debilitating and painful inflammation of her front legs. 
Extensive efforts were taken to assist her healing and after months
 of various therapy and constant pain meds,
it became very clear that her condition was worsening and she was in dreadful pain.

Mr. Tennis and Maddy made her last weekend on earth a happy one --
 taking special treats of apples, grapes,  carrots and sunflower seeds.
  She loved it! 
Peppermint candies were offered (as horses are rumored to love peppermints). 
Evidently, she had not gotten that message as she spit those right out!

At dawn on the morning of July 16, Tiarra took her final journey. 
She was loved and will be missed.


Jodee said...

What a sweet post for such a special horse! I know how much Mr. Tennis and Maddy loved spending time with her. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kim K. said...

I'm wiping away tears. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful animal.

lori carolina said...

Oh Janet, I wanna cry....I'm sorry to hear this. :(
I'm glad you all got that special time with her.....what a beauty!!!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

oh no. my heart goes out to you all!