On his own terms

Yesterday when I posted about "The Old One" and Freedom I had no idea what that day would hold. I didn't know that the horse that has amazed us all with his tenacity would be leaving us. I never wanted to make the choice to help him cross the rainbow bridge. I wanted his passing to be his own choice and on his own terms. Yesterday he made it-it was his choice and it was going to be on his terms. Freedom had always given us his best, did everything we asked him to do, and loved us deeply. Yesterday he asked me to listen to him and give him his request, help him cross the rainbow bridge....to give him my best and not question his choice.
This picture was taken in August of this year. Freedom and Mushboy were playing soccer with several other horses. Freedom came to us so very thin and in such bad shape we wondered if he would survive. Not only did he survive, he thrived! He and I herded cows once-he did better once I just let him do what he knew how to do and just went along for the ride. He packed The Support Crew Chief down a trail and left the youngsters in his dust. He delighted in carrying Mushboy around the pasture. After he was fully retired he would take the ranch cats for pony rides. Freedom adopted a chicken named Trudy and would share his mush with her. He was quite the character: stealing calves, jumping fences when his pasture was changed, teaching young horses manners, and keeping watch over the ranch and its herd.
He taught me that age is a state of mind, that there are no excuses not to live your life to the fullest, and to suck it up when things are tough.
Several times I thought we might loose him. Yesterday morning it looked as though he would live forever. I am thankful he didn't waste away, that he never really was ill, that he was mobile and happy, and that he chose his time. Even at the end he was telling us where he wanted to lay down for the final time, he was opinionated and pushy until the end.
He was laid to rest beside Ginger. Freedom will now get to be with Freedom's Lady in spirit. I am sure his spirit will visit her and enjoy following her in the mountains.
Freedom was an amazing horse and he will be missed so very much.
Thank you for blessing our lives Freedom. Keep watch over the calves in heaven, I am sure that God will let you keep all of them that you want. Eat all the grass you can find with your new set of teeth. Find Hank and Scooby, they will be glad to see you. Tell Grandfather hi.
Rest in peace my friend.
Freedom wants you all to remember "Life is soooo good!"


Mrs Mom said...

RIP Freedom!

What an amazing horse, DOR and Jack. Thank you so much for sharing him with us all. Our thoughts will be with all of you today.

fernvalley01 said...

So sorry for your loss, but somehow I can't imagine you would ever be sorry to have known and loved such an amazing horse Godspeed Freedom, in time you will all meet again

wilsonc said...

So sorry for the loss of your Old One. Sometimes, when I read posts like these, it frightens me how fast things can change. I'm glad he didn't linger and suffer, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the coming days.

Kate said...

I am so sorry for your loss - as you say, he lived happily and well with you right up to the end. Sending best wishes and thoughts to all of you.

EvenSong said...

So sorry for your loss. I agree with you and the others that said that it is good that he didn't suffer. He had a good life with you, and was ready to move on.

mommanator said...

may he rest in peace

Desert Rose said...

Such a hard thing when we have to choose to do the right thing! Freedom was lucky to be in your life too!

Jocelyn said...

RIP Freedom !

So sorry Syndi, He was such a handsome old man !

Big HUgs to you and Mush Boy!

One Red Horse said...

Oh my, I am just reading this and crying as I do. Freedom was one incredible spirit. Though I never met him in person, I was inspired by him and by your recognition of what a rare, quality horse he was.

squirrelmama said...

I have learned to respect these wise animals' acceptance of the thing that we humans always fight, indeed devoting our lives, energies and much of our resources to stave off, to deny, to push back. Freedom walked over that Great Divide with grace, love and dignity. How blessed you were to share his part of the planet with him. I am sorry for all the days you will not see him...but in your heart and your mind's eye, if not your soul, he is there.


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