Have you ever noticed how life has a way of slapping you down when you get too happy? Well, it happened to us big time this week.
Sadly on Wednesday our beautiful, fiesta little Sapphire made her final journey.
As I have alluded to in previous posts, Sapphire had been living with Maast Cell Cytoma for the last 8 years or so. She had several large lumps in various parts of the body, And every now and then another one would appear. These were only the ones on the surface. Maast Cells are present in all endothelial tissue, so the tumours can develop anywhere throughout the body. Over the years various treatments have been tried. Some lumps have been surgically removed, and she has been pumped full of steroids. Th best veterinary brains in Britain have been consulted. Each year another lump would appear, or an existing one get bigger, but Sapphire was otherwise happy and healthy. We knew full well that complications from the condition would most likely bring her to an early end. We just weren’t ready for it to be now.
She was put to sleep at home On Wednesday. . We are all devastated, especially 10 year old Ben from next door, who had a very special relationship with her. The other horses seem to be coping, but they are a little subdued. It will be interesting to see how things develop, Sapphire was the matriarch of the herd.
I just want to say thank you to Justine from Penbode Vets in Holsworthy for handling everything with such tact and empathy.
Kissimmee Sapphire (6 August 2000 – 11 October 2017)
14hh Dark Bay, Welsh Section D, mare.
Escapologist extraordinaire, ripper of rugs, breaker of stables. Gentle and fiery in equal measure. Adored children, tolerated adults. Far far too clever.
You taught me so much, mostly about myself.
You have been loved t