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Goodbye My Friend

Last month, El Blanco passed away at the age of 18 years old. 💕🦄💕

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The veterinarian team at the University of Lisbon worked a whole night to save his life, but he died during a colic surgery.
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Also, my own vets did all they could, but it was his time to go.
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I feel so grateful that he was – and still is – part of my life. 💕🦄💕
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El Blanco was far from an “easy” horse, and he had a fascinating personality and high spirit, but I loved it because from the most “difficult” and pure horses we learn the most!
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We had our Mastery path together, and he shared his wisdom not only with me but with thousands of Straightness Training Students, and he inspired everyone who met him in real life.
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Above all, El Blanco was a true friend of mine in the shape of a horse, and he loved to hang out with us in our garden. 🌸🌺🌸
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I am so happy that our life together was full of discoveries, adventures, joy, and freedom, and I will love him forever! 💕🦄💕
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Of course, as horse trainers, we know that death is part of life because of the short lifespans horses have compared to ours. Nevertheless, it has always a huge impact when it comes time to say goodbye to a friend that has been part of our family for years.
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It was one big win to have El Blanco around for so many years, so I do not consider it as a “loss” because he had so much to give us and to teach us while he was here. The wisdom he shared and the memories he gave us will live on forever, and he will be forever in our hearts. 💕🦄💕
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While some riders may believe that every horse is a “tiny tragedy” waiting to happen because of their relatively short life span, I’d prefer to think of horses and dogs and other pets as wonderful miracles that we are privileged to love, enjoy, and be together with for a short period in our lives. It’s the greatest gift in life to develop a strong connection with an animal, sharing that deep friendship, learning from that animal, for no matter how long or short a time. They may leave us too soon, but they always leave us with good memories and loads of lessons learned.
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Last month, I spent a lot of time reflecting upon happy and valuable moments we had together, and I cherish all the precious memories I have with El Blanco. I am at peace now and maintain positive energy to enjoy the ongoing happy moments that I’m sharing with my other four horses.
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One of his biggest lessons and treasures El Blanco gave to the world was to focus on horses as a hole and to help them find balance in body, mind, heart and soul. I will keep spreading this wisdom so I can honor what El Blanco taught us, and I will keep sharing the knowledge and many other experiences he gave me so other horses can benefit from that as well.
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Please share with me the best memory you have of El Blanco, or of a horse friend that is now gone, to give them a tribute and to honor the precious memory >> 💕🦄💕

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By heidi lorenz on 13 March 2019 at 02:08

Hello Marijke…I haven’t logged in for awhile and thought I’d better get online and see what you’ve been up to. This post on El Blanco is the first blog I’ve read after some time away. Like you I also experienced the death of a beloved friend and partner! My thoroughbred gelding Chili died in October 2018 so I know the initial turmoil and pain! I also recognize all of the gifts we both have been given as a result of having these friendships. When I first met Chili he came barrelling off that trailer and made himself immediately at home here on my farm. He was going to be a boarder at the time. We had planned on keeping him over the summer to graze my pastures yet somehow I knew that he wouldn’t be leaving when fall came around! He was such a character. He was one of those horses that would be thinking all the time…thinking mostly about “How can I get that carrot?’ He would turn and bow and literally try every move in the book at a rate of knots to get that treat…boy he made me laugh. I do miss him as I sure you miss El Blanco though after some distance from that fateful day I really can look back with contentment. The animals we love; they have made me a much richer woman. Thanks for sharing El Blanco with us all. I love what you do and I am grateful for the program you have cultivated to help us help our horses! xx

 

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