The Saddest season of all


We went out last Christmas morning to feed everyone their Christmas treats and take our usual Christmas morning pictures and Arwen was acting quite poorly..not wanting to eat and really looking miserable.. We called the vet and gave her the usual meds as he prescribes (ie banomine) and walked her and watched.. She ate a bunch of hay made a pile or two and it made us quite happy......But later on the holiday we had to get the vet out to see her on our place...He "Drenched" her with oil to flush her out and gave her some shots to help the spasms...
She had just took a turn for the worse .. wanting to lie down and trying to roll..I walked her and Chased her (when she refused to walk any more!!!) and done all that the vet asked but it was up to her.... Christmas was a miserable drizzly night and she refused to lie in her run in...
After yet another miserable day with the vet practically taking residence here the decision was made boxing day about noon to ship her off to the Equine hospital
So we doped her up to be comfortable for the trip and took her to an equine hospital up in Michigan.they took her in and checked her over and promised to look after her.. That was about 2pm .. At about 8pm the head vet called and told us that he didn't think it would clear out "medically" so they were going to get her ready for surgery...
A bit after midnight he called and said all went well and when we called the next morning he went through everything with us...
The good thing was that they didn't have to remove anything but they did open the bowel and clear it all out..He said that she was by no means in the clear but she was a big strapping girl and young to boot.She had been drinking but was not getting any feed for the next 24 hours.She was also sedated but fairly well relaxed into the stall..
She was quite the sickly girl but in good hands and taking the hurdles when they come along....
Sadly the vet called at 2:45 pm on the 27th saying that her heart rate was too high and there were all sorts of other problems arising...

We made the heartbreaking decision to have our beloved Arwen put to sleep.....

Arwen at just about 1 year old..Happier times..


More bad news to come....


So shortly after losing our beloved Arwen to cholic......
Our Stallion Faramir turned sick on new years day
With the way Arwen went so quickly we got the vet out as soon as we could and he was treated here on the place.. Shortly after we decided that better safe than sorry and we went to transport Faramir to a friends farm in Ohio to try and get him constant care and attention close to a specialised hospital... Faramir was met by the local vet down there and he took over treatment..
With little improvement despite all the vets efforts the decision was made by the vet to send Faramir off to Ohio State vet school on Friday 5th.......
After cholic surgery on Friday evening he seemed to perk up a little..but it was a short respite.!!!
At about 10 am on the 7th Jan 2007...

Blood tests came back and showed signs of kidney failure and all sorts of other problems...So we gave the order to put him to sleep.....
Tragic as is was..When Arwen went we were able to go out and hug Faramir to pull us through....

Now they are both away from us....
This was a VERY special boy and SO gentle..

Even as a stallion..Faramir was even playing with Icelandic foals in the stalls next to him when he being cared for and looking so much brighter...

Sadly two of the brightest stars were extinguished this holiday season....


Ohio State mentioned a PM but also said that it wasn't worth doing since they had already did surgery and knew what was in there.. Basically what has happened with both of our kids is two really bad cases of colic and its just an evil coincidence that it was brother and sister.
Arwen and Faramir both had quite bad impactions and seemed to perk up after the surgery to remove them.But after a short while they both started to dehydrate and without eating or drinking they didn't have anything to flush them out the toxin levels just seemed to build up.This means the internal organs were not able to work properly and quite simply......began to fail..
We know for a fact that MANY farms are being hit with this Colic "epedemic" and the hospitals are full of horses that are sick..Many of the vets and experts are blaming this awful midwest weather as part of the problem.It has been awful with everything being damp and soggy and miserable instead of the usual cold snowy wintery weather we should get. Both of these guys went down on a cold miserable damp day that followed a nice warm sunny day.Everybody was eating well on the warm days but then when it turned soggy and damp they stopped drinking so much (which is a natural reaction to the cold) to try and keep their temperature up.This means that the hay was just sitting in them without a great deal of fluids to keep it all moving..
Disaster waiting to happen..


Fondly Remembering two VERY special Guinness Foals


In Beloved Memory.....

Faramir...Tri-Color Drum Horse Colt

                    Faramir..Newly born                                                                                             Sire- Chewmill Guinness

Faramir was born the day that Eowyn was DUE to be born..He was such a big foal (130lbs).Faramir was slow to warm to the idea of "people" but he slowly came to realise that these two legged hosts are not too bad after all..At close to two years old Faramir stood at 15.1hh and approx 1025lbs..a Little heavier now than his sister but far more athletic ..He has that same sweet Guinness manner..Even as a young stallion.
He became quite the good looking boy as he got older..

Various pictures as he grew.

Above - Faramir pictured April 10th 2006.This young stallion was making so many advances it quite made our head spin..He was a wonder...Very smart and very quick to catch on..This "Drum" was solid and manouverable as well as one of the sweetest young stallions we have ever come across..just like his Sire..Faramir would have grown to be quite the great "warhorse"..

Picture 9th January 2006


Arwen...Our Tri-Color Drum Horse Filly

                    Arwen..A Few hours old                                                                                               Sire- Chewmill Guinness

ARWEN was our newest wonderful "Guinness" Foal..She was born on the first day of Summer,June 21st,05..Again..same sire as both Eowyn,and Faramir..The great Chewmill Guinness.Mom Pearl seemed to "breeze" through this birth..Even though she was a very big foal again (150lbs) ..Arwen was the image of her Daddy and was looking to be HUGE..We did expect her to be easily between 17 and 18 hands..At about nine months old..She stands at a whopping 15.1hh and 835lbs

At the same age (9 months)..Faramir was 14.1hh and 780lbs.Sister Eowyn was 14.0 and 847lbs..

A very young girl:

More Pictures..Arwen's GROWING!!

Below - Arwen,Oct 15th 2005 with Sue and mom Pearl.This young filly had a wonderful personality and was quite independant when she wanted to be...But then VERY sweet and people orientated..Quick as a whip and did all her baby work with manners and grace..She is HUGE pictured here a little under 4 months old...13.2 1/2hh and 555lbs ...She would have grown to be quite the stunning mare...!!

9th January 2006 ..Big girl Arwen is only 7 months old!!!!

And below at 9 months (With Mom Pearl and Friend Talsyn)



"Just a Horse"

" From time to time, people tell me , "lighten up, it's just a horse," or "that's a lot of money for "just a horse". They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a horse." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a horse.'
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a horse," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a horse" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a horse," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend, " "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."
"Just a horse" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a horse" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of "just a horse" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a horse" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a horse" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a horse" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a horse," just smile, because they "just" don't understand. "




A word of thanks

We have to say thanks to everyone who has been supportive through all these troubled times.We want to mention two organisations who have shone brightly throughout all our heartbreak.Their kindness and thoughtfullness has meant so much to us we cannot thank them enough....

Please pull up these links below and believe me that these people will all go the "extra mile for you and your horses..Very very highly recommended...


First of all...A mention to Dr Sam Hucombe and his staff at "The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine" who fought for our young stallion Faramir. We know they tried their best and cared for him right to the end.They are some of the most caring professional people we have ever come across..Even down to sending us a "memory" box with pleated locks of hair and a hoofprint cast in plaster..As well as a handwritten card

We cannot thank you all enough for all your care and effort.......You have our greatest gratitude for your efforts...



We also have much love and thanks to go to Cindy at CSW Farms.Equine and Pet Crematorium and Memorial Nature Preserve.She has dealt with us so nicely in arranging Faramirs Cremation and many other things besides.Including helping us arrange Arwens urn after a Michigan crematorium failed in their dealings. We have also entrusted Sues favorite cat "Magic" to Cindy so you can tell we will recommend her a great deal..

Loss is a difficult thing to deal with but made so much easier with a caring person to listen...

Thank you too for all your help.......

Equine and Pet Crematorium and Memorial Nature Preserve