Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tribute to the Fallen

List of DE horses here:
I think most of these horses have been euthanized.

After viewing the pictures here and elsewhere, reading various posts from owners across the web and more specifically on the DSLD-ESPA Equine Group on Yahoo, and reading about the research conducted at University of GA and University of KY, and now TX A&M, it baffles me that some folks claim that DE doesn't exist. Personally, I'd run far and fast from anyone who claimed such a thing. How can all these different breeds in diverse parts of the country, performing in various disciplines, all kept/fed/cared for in different ways be similarly affected if DE doesn't exist?


Anonymous said...

MAF Silver Fire passed away actually a little over a month ago at 29 years old. He was not a normal horse who gave in to pain, but died from what we believe to be a heart attack (aortic rupture?). He was carefully managed and had set backs every spring and fall. He trusted us in helping so much we did not even have to halter him to soak his feet in a big red bucket during his episodes; he would take his foot neatly out when he was done with one leg and let us put the other in after reheating the soakins solution. Diet, bedding, paddocks and daily routine were highly managed. As owners we were lucky, he went fast and during a pain free break or so we believe. His diagnosis was at 19 years in 2000. Strangely enough we were contacted a few days after he died from a person asking about DSLD. Now I am finding out the new name and research on this disease since 10 years ago. Its wonderful. Raye Anne Penner

~R~ said...

Thank you so much for your gracious post.

I am so very sorry for your loss. It's obvious that Silver Fire understood and appreciated your kindness and love. I hope you find comfort in knowing that you did all you could and made his life the best possible. May any emptiness in your heart be filled with wonderful memories of the gift MAF Silver Fire was in your life!