Earlier this month we had to say goodbye to London as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We lost him to colic.
For everyone who had a chance to meet him, he wasn’t just another “good” horse. London was a truly kind gentleman. He was always willing to overcome new challenges, whether it was working together with his riders or being patient and caring with younger horses. The more we think about him, the more it seems he had his own quiet, gentle way of making sure everyone was ok.
London was a big guy. He literally took up a lot of physical space but he also took up a lot of room in our hearts. Seeing his paddock without him in it, his bridle hanging in the tack room, the hay shed where he used to go for snacks is not easy. We miss his hourly squeaks asking his girlfriend Paisley to come to the fence, finding him exploring the tightest corners of the barn, and seeing him come to check on how your day was going.
We are doing our best to honour his memory by sharing our love, patience, and caring with each other, by spending just a few more minutes with our horses, feeding one more cookie, giving an extra kiss or two, or riding one more loop. By trying to be the partner our horses teach us to be.
“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, let it go.” Mary Oliver