|A Tribute to Nathan 1994 - 2009
by Joy Smith
In the world of horses there is a phrase to describe the truly special equines that enter our lives - a "horse of a lifetime". That's not to say that other horses in our lives are not special or not loved as much but often there's just that "one". Sometimes, if you're really lucky we'll have more than one "one" in our lives. But it is truly a blessing to have even one horse in a lifetime to give that label to.
On January 29, 2009 the day was just beginning with the sun coming up and birds singing as my beloved friend cast his last breath upon my cheek. A much too soon and completely senseless end. This mighty all powerful animal was felled by an unseen enemy that he was unknowingly eating for a period of time, probably several weeks. Fortunately not common, but not unheard of, a toxic weed makes its way into the hay and is consumed by the horse. If enough of the toxin is ingested over a period of time the liver is compromised and begins to fail. Unfortunately, the symptoms are little to none until the horse is in critical condition. Every horse at FieldHaven was affected with Nathan being the worst. One other horse, Decker, lost his life as well. All the other horses are recovering well and should be fine.
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