We lose a friend.

“I've seen the needle and the damage done, a little part of us in every one.” Neil Young

Over the past few months our retiree Denied has become steadily more uncomfortable on the ankles we hoped would ultimately fuse in a way that would allow him to live out his life here in retirement. First we hoped for the pasture, and later, just being comfortable in a paddock with our support and company. But it was not to be, the damage was too much, and lately this great horse made it clear that he could no longer go on. Always kind, ever courageous, it was hard to say goodbye.

Denied, 1998-2010, by Bertrando out of Granse Oaks.

Thirty one lifetime starts: 10-8-7. Retired at age ten.