RIP, my Seoulie-Bear - God speed you to green fields

  1. This morning I lost Seoul, my 24-yr old Danish Warmblood, to colic.

    I didn’t start riding until I was 26, but from the moment I swung a leg over a horse it was a passion. So it was a dream come true when I got my first horse, Remy. I love Remy beyond belief, but soon after I got him it became apparent to me that they don’t call ‘em ‘horse traders’ for nothin’. He’s an athletic, sensitive horse with the talent to go all the way. Unfortunately my newbie riding skills were not adequate for a horse of Remy’s type, and that money-hungry "teacher" never should have sold him to me. And so I went searching for a ‘schoolmaster’ to help me learn how to ride and build my confidence, before I got seriously injured or scared into quitting the thing that I loved.

    Which brings me to Seoul. Seoul was born in Denmark and then taken to England, where he was trained through Grand Prix Dressage and competed through Intermediare II. When I found him he was 17 years old, and his owner was looking for someone who wanted to learn rather than compete him into the ground just to wear a tailcoat and top hat in the show ring. So we were the proverbial match made in heaven – well, except for the part where he bit me twice when I went to England to try him out. But secure in my ability to charm any beastie, I went ahead and bought him and brought him to New Jersey.

    He taught me well -- not only how to ask for and to ride canter pirouettes, tempi changes, passage and piaffe, but things more subtle and essential. After several years I decided it was time for Seoul to retire -- I just didn’t see any reason to drill into the ground what this wonderful, old horse already knew how to do. And so he became my husband’s trail horse and the horse for children and visitors to hop on if they didn’t know how to ride – and I think it’s hilarious that my Grand Prix horse was the only one safe and calm enough to put non-riders on!

    Seoul was so calm and steady that when we were home we let him roam the property freely, and as soon as he figured out he got cookies at the back door he started showing up there with much more regularity . . . .

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    Colic took him today, and I’m devastated. But it is with profound thanks for the time he was here that I say goodbye to my Seoulie-Bear, my friend and my teacher.

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  2. So sad...he lived a good life. My regards. :heart:
  3. oh my god...i feel like crying...this is so sad!!
    and im over here heartbroken cause my boyfriend broke up with me, i couldnt imagine losing a pet!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is so much worse...
    what time did he die??
    were you there with him??
  4. Aw, I'm so sorry, DQ!! :cry:
  5. Hugs to you. Animals are such wonderful souls and friends. May he run free.
  6. I am so sorry for you loss. My aunt has had horses my whole life and we ride together every week. She lost a colt a few years ago and it was really emotional for all of us. Animals are the best of friends and at least you have wonderful memories that will last forever.

    Take care of yourself!
  7. I am so sorry for your loss, DQ. How wonderful that Seoul was able to teach you so much, and you were able to give that sweet boy such a great life. Hugs to you, I know Seoul is bounding around in God's fields right now!
  8. What a beautiful horse in appearance and spirit, DQ! I love that he came to the house to get cookies. May he run and rest forever in the sweetest fields.
  9. Oh my gosh, I have goosebumps and am blinking back tears reading this. As a former rider and horse-owner (who hopes to some day get back in the saddle), this really hits home.

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts. It sounds like he lived quite a life, and knew he was loved. :heart:
  10. Sorry to hear about this DQ, but I suspect he and Jeter are running side by side and looking down and watching over you.
  11. I'm sorry for your loss. *hugs* I'm so glad that you were able to give him a good life.
  12. I am so so sorry for your loss.:crybaby:Even when horses live to ripe old ages and pass on knowing that they are loved, it's still so difficult. We lost my mom's dressage schoolmaster, Colombo, 2 years ago. He was 37:wtf::wtf:, and we owned him the last 10 years of his life. He had a stroke one night and his back legs were paralyzed so we had to put him down, after hours trying to get him up. :sad:

    Your boy has wonderful company waiting for him across the rainbow bridge. ;)
  13. Oh no.. I'm so sorry for your loss... You and Seoul are in my prayers.
    I'm sure he runs through the greenest meadows.
  14. OMG this is tragic. I too had one of my horses who taught me not only how to be a better rider, but some of life's lessons, how to be a humble winner and a graceful loser. My thoughts are with you. I cannot tell you how many nights we spent walking a horse with colic. This is just awful.
  15. OMG My heart breaks for you.

    Such a gorgeous creature will surely be missed :sad: