Lilly died today. Born January 20, 1985, at Cibolo, Texas, on the ranch of Janis Hawthorne, she had two issues, the last one being Star Bars Moore who remains on our ranch.
Lilly had osteoarthritis. She had been down since yesterday for eighteen hours, but had come up for me this morning. The vets were called at 8:00 a.m. She had alfalfa and a natural sedative to lessen her pain before the vets arrived. I told her I was beside her and not be afraid. She was not.
Lilly has been with my family for eighteen years and our grandchildren have ridden her. She carried my stepfather on trail rides for many years and Brenda rode her with great pleasure.
Her son, Star Bars Moore, watched at a distance as we put her down. I had talked to him about what we were doing and he lowered his head, not so much about what I told him for he did not understand, but that I had come directly to him to talk in fair and caring tones. He watched at a distance as I covered his mother in the good earth of this world.
We shall miss this fine horse.